Emotionally ready for surgery
I have a date for an NHS total hip replacement early February 2022, but I am struggling to go forward and have the operation. I have variously worried if I should continue to manage my symptoms conservatively without surgical intervention as I manage my discomfort with minimal pain relief medication, although I am no longer walking comfortably and suffer varying degrees of pain when bending to put on my left sock and shoe. I no longer walk the distance of 6 to 8 miles I used to complete and now I probably manage more in the nature of 4 miles with a break mid way. Climbing stiles has become very difficult. My arthritis is therefore causing some loss of function, in particular the ability to walk comfortably and a distance, but I cannot say I am in pain as such, certainly not severe pain, and as mentioned I manage without medication by swimming and exercising regularly in the local swimming pool. My symptoms can also vary between my thinking I need to have my hip replaced and questioning if I do.
Yes I would like to walk comfortably, but as a hip operation is primarily a pain relieving procedure am I right to proceed?
I have consulted 3 surgeons 2 of whom have recommended I proceed and the other that my symptoms and in particular my pain does not warrant surgery at this moment in time.
I would be grateful for observations and comment and thank contributors in advance for their time and assistance.
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