Dan Skoglund could handle putting his own life on hold, but his four-year-old daughter couldn’t wait. “My situation is noninflammatory degenerative osteoarthritis and it’s idiopathic. That’s the medical term for they don’t know. It started about 14 years ago. I was about 31 years old and I had very, very sharp pain walking around.”
Over nine years of living with painful, osteoarthritis in his hips, he had given up all the activities he loved - football, basketball, volleyball, running, bicycling, downhill and water skiing. “My life got progressively less active, less fun, and less participative.”
He didn’t want to miss his daughter’s childhood too. When he went to the doctor’s office; he knew his problem was a major one. “I’ll never forget laying down in the X-ray room and hearing the radiologist who had taken the X-ray go, “Oh, my god.”
Faced with so many things he couldn’t do, Dan took charge to regain control of his life. He met with surgeons to talk about the benefits and risks of surgery and conducted extensive research online.
After consultation with his doctor, he ultimately had two surgeries to replace both hips. Soon after both surgeries, he was walking without crutches. With the help of physical therapy, he was soon walking as a morning workout. And now, he can take his daughter and her mom sledding and bike riding without painful repercussions.
“It’s great to enjoy life again,” says Dan. “I keep reading all these stories of post-operation ‘hippies,’ as we call ourselves, and it seems to be a common thread - you get your life back. It’s great to get my life back again,” says Dan.
All surgery carries risk. See your orthopaedic surgeon to discuss your potential benefits and risks. Not all patients will have the same post-operative recovery and activity level. Individual results vary.
U.S. Modular Hip Settlement Program
Stryker's Voluntary Recall of Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems
Hip joint replacement is intended for use in individuals with joint disease resulting from degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, fracture of the neck of the femur or functional deformity of the hip.
Joint replacement surgery is not appropriate for patients with certain types of infections, any mental or neuromuscular disorder which would create an unacceptable risk of prosthesis instability, prosthesis fixation failure or complications in postoperative care, compromised bone stock, skeletal immaturity, severe instability of the joint, or excessive body weight.
Like any surgery, joint replacement surgery has serious risks which include, but are not limited to, pain, infection, bone fracture, change in the treated leg length (hip), joint stiffness, hip joint fusion, amputation, peripheral neuropathies (nerve damage), circulatory compromise (including deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs)), genitourinary disorders (including kidney failure), gastrointestinal disorders (including paralytic ileus (loss of intestinal digestive movement)), vascular disorders (including thrombus (blood clots), blood loss, or changes in blood pressure or heart rhythm), bronchopulmonary disorders (including emboli, stroke or pneumonia), heart attack, and death.
Implant related risks which may lead to a revision of the implant include dislocation, loosening, fracture, nerve damage, heterotopic bone formation (abnormal bone growth in tissue), wear of the implant, metal and/or foreign body sensitivity, soft tissue imbalance, osteolysis (localized progressive bone loss), audible sounds during motion, and reaction to particle debris. Hip implants may not provide the same feel or performance characteristics experienced with a normal healthy joint.
The information presented is for educational purposes only. Speak to your doctor to decide if joint replacement surgery is appropriate for you. Individual results vary and not all patients will return to the same activity level. The lifetime of any joint replacement is limited and depends on several factors like patient weight and activity level. Your doctor will counsel you about strategies to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device, including avoiding high-impact activities, such as running, as well as maintaining a healthy weight. It is important to closely follow your doctor’s instructions regarding post-surgery activity, treatment and follow-up care. Ask your doctor if a joint replacement is right for you.
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