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I am posting this for Caroline from the temporary forum
I'm Caroline, french girl, phD student in medicinal chemistry, 27th year old and just got my hip resurfaced on 19th may 2020 (right in the middle of the Covid situation ...) and I wanted to share my story because it actually helped me a lot to read all your testimony when I needed it.

So my story begin in my youngest year, I started to develop inflammation of the hip around maybe 10 to 12 years old, after a lot of X-ray and analysis my doctors just concluded that I had a transient acute synovitis and that will pass with the age ... So I grew up with episode of synovitis every 4 month I would say ...

Then I always felt a little discomfort in my right hip I was "hum ok it's just another synovitis I should rest it will pass" it was only at my 23 years old that I started to complain more about my hip, I couldn't do too much sport because i was feeling pain after a while so I went to see my doctor and when we did X-ray we saw that my hip was completely arthrosic... At that time the pain was only there when I was doing much effort but I was already bone to bone so my family doctor just gave me paracetamol and told me to see a podiatrist to do orthopedic insole since my arthritis had dig in my bone and made me lost almost 2 cm in my right hip.

The insole worked for a while I was feeling a little bit better, could move better but the arthritis continued to do its work.  Around 26 years old I was constantly limping, complaining about pain a lot and not being able to handle sport classes anymore. I had a diclci when one of my friend that is a resident in orthopedic service at hospital told me to go see a surgeon because it was definitely not normal that I limp like that and walk like that in pain and that I should do something ...

So after new X-ray that showed that my hip was getting worse.I decided that I needed to see a surgeon. Well actually ... I had hard time to swallow the pill, The radiologist scared me first with "at your age ? you definitely need a THR there is no other option...". It took me maybe 2 or 3 week and a lot of tears to mentally accept that I should get a surgery and that it was not normal to have so much pain.

I went to Lille in september 2019 (where I'm originally from) to meet Pr Julien Girard that is known to be specialist for young patient with hip problem. I was sure he was going to propose me a THR because, I was a female, and I had 25mm difference on the X-ray between my both hip side. But He actually told me I was a good candidate for Hip resurfacing because I didn't had any difference of length in my legs before the arthritis and that on X-ray my pelvis was rotated . He told me that it was my best option to get a normal and really active life.

So I took an appointment to get the surgery done in may 2020 (because I'm a final year phD student and I needed to perform experiment until may originally). I was so afraid my surgery would not happen with the covid situation in France but I got really lucky because the lockdown stopped just 10 days before my surgery. The surgery went well ! I had a little mental breakdown the night before but it's just because eI was alone in the hospital and no one could visit me with the covid so I got scared and I think it's pretty normal ^^.

I had a taxi to drive me home 4 days after the surgery. Not going to lie, it was tough at first because I am single and I live alone, but I got really good friend that bring me groceries for the first month and helped me whenever I needed them. I think I was in pain for only one week after the surgery but honestly it was bearable (especially when you suffer since 10 years of your hip ^^) . I stopped all pain medication after 7 days and took back only once in a while .

I could walk without crutch after 25 days, and I was able to bike after 1 month . The first weeks were impressive Iw as doing progress day by day . I'm now 2 month post op and I'm still making progress, It took me 40 days to be able to put my socks on but it's getting easier week by week (#greatachievement) . The first month I had a lot of muscle pain due because it needed to stretch a readapt to the prothesis but I'm feeling way better now. I'm not limping anymore and a lot of my friends and colleagues noticed that my walking was almost normal .

I still have a long journey in front of me but I'm really happy to have done this surgery , I'm seeing my surgeon tomorrow for a 2 month check up, he will give me the instruction for the next move in my recovery plan so I'm excited.

Sorry for the long post, thank you for reading it and if you have any question do not hesitate !


EDIT: Since that post I saw him and he told me after analyzing my bone that I actually had villonodular synovitis, which is a condition were your cells overproduce synovial fluid leading to a lot of swelling and inflammation of the hip. My physician never saw it because we only did Xray and scan :/ but it's something you can only see my RMI ...Anyway the surgery is usually the final treatment for that condition so for now on, I shouldn't have synovitis which is great!!!
I'm still making progress, slowly gaining muscle and mobility !
« Last Edit: August 23, 2020, 12:34:04 PM by Pat Walter »
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Re: 27 Year Old Female with Hip Resurfacing Professor Girard 2020
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2020, 11:08:24 PM »
Congratulations! I look forward to hearing more about your pain free life.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2020, 12:34:27 PM by Pat Walter »

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Re: 27 Year Old Female with Hip Resurfacing Professor Girard 2020
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2020, 10:28:09 AM »
Thank You Pat for reposting it :) (ps be careful you mistype the name of my surgeon in the title it's Girard haha)

Here I come 3 month post op and I feel better than never, Last week I was able to do elliptic bike at the same intensity that I used to have 4 years ago. It was great and I had so much joy noticing that I didn't feel pain at all. before the surgery it was complicated because I was constantly in pain and now it's like living a new life ! I still have a lot of work to do to gain flexibility but I think I made the best decision of my life accepting this surgery haha.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2020, 12:31:10 PM by Pat Walter »
Hip Resurfacing: 19th may 2020 with Pr Girard in Lille France.

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Re: 27 Year Old Female with Hip Resurfacing Professor Girard 2020
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2020, 12:32:53 PM »
Sorry about the spelling!  LOL Old fingers - old mind.  LOL  I fixed it.  Thanks for the heads up.
Thanks for the update. Glad you are doing so well.  It is nice to be out of pain. I look forward to your future updates. I wish you the very best.      Pat
« Last Edit: August 23, 2020, 12:34:50 PM by Pat Walter »
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Re: 27 Year Old Female with Hip Resurfacing Professor Girard 2020
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2020, 08:17:26 PM »
Glad to hear you had successful resurfacing surgery. It's really a gamechanger in terms of pain and activity. Not to mention difficult for us women to find surgeons who perform resurfacing on women. I, too, look forward to hearing about your progress.

 

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