A passion for writing and performing has taken Trish, a Midwest girl, from New York City to Los Angeles. Currently, Trish is a TV Producer in LA where she has long but rewarding days. One day on set Trish started to feel pain in her hip but she kept working through it. The pain became so severe that she decided to get an MRI done between filming shows. She didn’t expect to be diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip.
Trish tried different treatment options in an attempt to relieve the hip pain. From changing the type of shoes she wore to physical therapy, the pain wouldn’t go away. Finally, after discussing the benefits and risks of surgery, Trish’s doctor recommended that she get a total hip replacement. “I kept putting it off. I thought that I was too young to have a hip replacement.” Slowly she started to come to terms with her diagnosis. “I had been making too many deals with my body and it was time for me to treat my body with respect. I decided to get a hip replacement.”
Now that the surgery is over, Trish is partnering closely with her doctor and physical therapist to continue to strengthen her hip and core muscles. She’s walking, practicing yoga and using the elliptical at the gym. Trish admitted that the entire process was emotional for her. She appreciated how her surgeon supported her mentally and was open to answering questions. “After surgery, my friend gave me a Birthday card to celebrate my new hip. It really is a celebration…my Direct Superior hip replacement surgery allowed me to get back to the things I love”.
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.
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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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