My now 20 year old has AVN of both hips since the age of 14. The left hip has been replaced and the right has collapsed. Today the Doctor told her that did not want to do the right hip replacement. My daughter is in excrutiating pain and he will not do it? I am completely confused!
Frankly I think he needs to explain. He's making her live in pain and I'll bet he isn't treating it I think I would get a second opinion. I realize there is a likelihood that she will someday need a replacement replaced because they wear out, but that's no reason to suffer, in my book.
I went through the same thing. Being young like she is, there are only so many hip replacements a person can get before it becomes obsolete. Given her age, this increases the number of hip replacements she will most likely need. The average lifespan of a total hip replacement is 15-20 yrs (20 being rare). It sounds harsh, but the longer she waits to get a replacement done, the better off she'll be in the long run.
I had reconstructive hip surgery to repair a shattered acetabulum and multiple pelvis fractures, after a car accident in 1997 when I was 16. The doctor who performed my surgery said that the hip socket would slowly collapse and that we needed to nurse it along. By the time I was 29 in 2010, the whole socket had collapsed. The surgeon who did my original surgery kept telling me to wait as long as humanly possible, but I kept telling myself that he just didn't understand the pain that I was going through and that all I wanted was my adolescence back and to able to spend time with my young boys.. So, I opted to have the replacement done. I found the best surgeon in the Southeast and convinced myself I would get all of my mobility back and everything would be back to the way it was before my accident. Delusions of grandeur. I have had complications ever since and I'm worse off now than I was before.
My suggestion is to do your research. They are doing amazing things at places like Mayo and The Cleveland clinic, etc. They would love nothing more than to help a young woman such as your daughter given her circumstances. I sincerely hope you find your answer, but remember the easiest one can sometimes cost you the most.
Hips only last a certain amount of time, around ten years or a bit more, depending on the type you have. There are some excellent exercises that can be done in a swimming pool (hydrotherapy) and I've found these to be very useful in strengthening my hip prior to having it replaced.
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