Craig Revel Horwood's Hip Resurfacing with Professor Cobb 2013

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Craig Revel Horwood was on stage last Christmas...

...'I suddenly felt an enormously sharp pain in my right hip, which spread down to my knee and up to my back. I thought I had pulled a ligament in my groin'...

...He was given an X-ray and an MRI scan, which revealed that this was no torn ligament. At the age of only 48, Craig was suffering from severe osteoarthritis and needed a hip replacement...

...The specialist couldn't understand how I'd even been walking. But I'm a professional dancer, and we are used to being in continuous pain...

...Craig was referred to the King Edward VII, a private hospital in London, where consultant orthopaedic surgeon Professor Justin Cobb recommended immediate surgery...

...But Professor Cobb had some good news: instead of a full hip replacement - where the top of the thigh bone is cut off and replaced with a metal stem inserted inside - he recommended hip resurfacing...

Hip resurfacing has been a revolution for active younger people and professional athletes with worn joints, says Professor Cobb, who's also chairman in orthopaedic surgery at Imperial College London. 'Ordinary hip replacements - usually made of metal and plastic, or sometimes with ceramic bearings for longer life - are incredibly effective for older people who are principally pedestrians,' he says...

...Routinely, I tell patients to have four weeks of no pressure to allow their bodies to heal. But with Craig, we simply didn't have that luxury...

...Craig needed painkillers for two weeks after the op...

...'I'm not allowed to do a Charleston or a tango for the next year because you turn your leg at the wrong angle. Oh, well - there's always the cha cha cha, darling.'

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