I have used this site for several years now and never posted. Firstly I wanted to thank everyone on here who have, without knowing it, helped me understand the pros and cons of Hip resurfacing and the reality of the recovery.
A little bit about me, I am 25 years old and had hip pain and surgery the majority of my life. I was born with dislocated hips that were corrected when I was 6 months old. I was than a normal active child until I had increasing levels of pain in both my hips from about 9 years old. After a year of the GP telling my parents that it was growing pains, eventually my parents took me to A&E during one of my bad nights and I was finally diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia a few months later.
From the age of 10 onwards I have had several surgeries on both hips, including Triple Pelvic Osteotomies (think thats spelt right)! At 18 I thought I had had my last for several years, hopefully decades. By my early 20's though the pain was back. This turned out that although my alignment was now better, my hips were rubbing still and the damage I already had meant a resurface or THR was my only option. I always knew this would be the case, however I did think that it would be at least in my late 30's and that I would have been able to have had a family before then.
The decision to go ahead with a metal on metal hip resurface on my left side was difficult, it was through support of my friends and family and belief in the surgical team at the hospital I have been going to for many years, along with the advice I found through this site, that led me to have this done in May 2010. In the first year post op I had to have part of my illiac crest removed as it was restricting my movement with the new joint. Since then my left hip (which strangley has always been my worst hip until now), has been doing well.
The next hit came when I realised that my Right hip wasn't handling the Physio sessions for my left side, I had to go back to hydrotherapy and the pain was still unmanageable. In August 2011 I agreed to have my right hip resurfaced. This was a scary decison as there is not much evidence to support the effects of metal ions on pregnancies etc and having 2 metal on metal implants worried me for the furture. However I was advised it was the best thing for me and the pain I was experiencing was not bearable (as I am sure you can all relate to).
The reason I am now posting for the 1st time on here is because since November I have had increased pain in my Right hip along with clunking and swelling. The pain is pretty much as severe as it was prior to my surgery. Initially my consultant beleived I needed my Psoas tendon releasing however last Thursday he confirmed that the ultra sound showed no pressure on this tendon and the metal levels in my blood are way too high, even for have both hips resurfaced.
This has now meant that I am looking at having a total hip replacement before the end of this year. I am finding it difficult to get my head around this and wondering if any of you can advise on how you coped with going from a resurface to THR? Is there much difference in recovery? I am nervous to make this step and really want some answers as to why or how this could have happened. I am being sent to another consultant for a 2nd opinion and for a CT as the xrays are showing up normal, but have been told that we may not get an exact answer as to why this resurface has failed, but not the left. one of my concerns is that the issue may be connected to my existing hip dysplasia condition, so therefore even a ceramic hip replacement may not solve the problem? has anyone else with Hip Dysplasia had problems with hip resurfacing?
I know obviously that you guys on this site cant answer most my questions or make the situation go away, I suppose im just looking for some support and confidence that my left side will not fail now 2 years in and converting to a THR on my right will help. My family and firends are brilliant and I am so lucky to have them, I just worry about how all of this effects them and try not to share all of my concerns as I dont want them to worry anymore than they alreday do. They're so used to me being able to deal with this, but I just feel like the whole thing has worn me down, to the point that I am not sure I can actually cope with another surgery and another recovery period. Has anyone else felt like this? How did you fnd the strength to go through everything again?
Sorry to have rambled slightly, just wanted to thank you all for sharing your stories, it helps to know that im not the only person who lives with pain day in day and out and then has had to face the disapointment of a treatment that seems to work for so many other people fail for you.
Any advice/ support would be greatly appreciated