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    I had my hip joint replaced on December 18th. The whole process was amazing. I finally plucked up courage to go to my GP as my hip was becoming increasingly painful. I was told to organise an x-ray and returned to my GP who said the cartilage was worn away. He gave me the number of a doctor to ring and make an appointment. This doctor looked at the x-rays and agreed that the cartilage was badly worn and said that the only option was a replacement. He gave me a date in the middle of December, some 6 weeks ahead, along with a mass of paperwork and a list of all the things I should do and results I should organise for him – dental checkup, blood tests, more x-rays and scans, talks with the hospital physio and anaesthetist, along with a list of all the medications that would be needed and that I should get from my local pharmacist.

    I finally arrived at the hospital at 10 in the morning. My blood pressure was through the roof so they left me till 4 in the afternoon to calm down. I went into theatre at 4.30 and came to at 6.15. I was back in my room and having an evening meal at 7.30. At 2.30 in the morning I was walking to the loo with the aid of crutches. At 10 the next morning the doctor came into my room and told me the operation had been a success with no problems and that I could go home that afternoon or the following day, what ever I felt happy with. I arrived home at 4 that afternoon, 24 hours after going into surgery. 3 days later I was walking without crutches. Up to this point the whole process had been faultless but every silver lining has a cloud. I was supposed to arrange physio following the operation. It has been a disaster. One clinic keeps telling me they will call back with an appointment but never have. Another clinic comprising of a dozen physios told me the earliest date they could offer was next September, some 8 months away. I have tried numerous other physios with no success. I have an appointment with the hospital in a couple of weeks when I can bring up the problem of physio.

    It also appears that my GP referred me to a doctor who specialised in micro surgery. I have a two inch scar on my hip, which I am told will disappear, and another tiny scar two inches higher which is apparently where they insert a camera. The whole thing has been relatively pain free. I have checked on the UK NHS website and this operation is not available but can be organised privately for £13,000. Thank heavens for the French health service.

    If anyone has any ideas about a physio I would be grateful for their advice.

     

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    Had a total job done Oct 8 at Redon Michael, amazed you were ‘ejected’ so quick, I was in there 10 days, great care!

    I have had a course of phisio, maybe ten sessions, the surgeon gave me a ‘chit’, luckily found one ten mins away.

    The most helpful thing though, has been keep moving, don’t sit to long without getting up.

    Must go, off to see the Surgeon thisafter, pm if you like. Kind Regards Bill :-)

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    I am totally amazed at the speed of recovery from this French procedure , I’m sure the recovery time  is much longer in the UK, or was, as have friends who had a rare old time after. Well done ! Hope you can find a physio, as this is so important .  :rose:

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    Hello Michael

    We have a physic in our village, Guern 56310.  Her name is Mme Elsa Potereau , 10 Rue de l’Etang. Tel 0297273413 or 0621760788.

    Hope she can help you.

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    Hi Michael , Having been through hip replacements in UK and here in France I am fascinated to know ; as your scar is only about two inches did you have a total replacement or did you just have the cartilege socket replaced ?.  I don’t have knowledge of such a procedure being available but surgical techniques are advancing so quickly  so I am just curious .

    Anyway I wish you the very best wishes for a good recovery , ‘ At last , no pain ‘ :yahoo:

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    Hi NM. I’m assuming it was a total replacement. When I discussed the situation with the surgeon he said that replacement was the only option and showed me the replacement joint. He did say that I might be able to leave hospital after 3 days which I thought was a bit soon. I was prepared for an 8 day stay in hospital complete with a 12 inch scar and all that that entails. I guess it was ‘keyhole’ or ‘minimally invasive’ replacement. Nor were there any stitches as I was told that the incision had been ‘glued’ shut. I have my 4 week revue next Thursday so I can find out more then.

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    Amazing! I love the bit where you have been glued together!  :rose:

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    Hi Michael.  Just wondered how the recovery was going ?  I am due the same operation next week !  Petrified !

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    Hi Julia,

    I finally gave up on pain killers a couple of days ago. I’m currently walking about a mile morning and evening much to the dogs delight. The problem I have is that the muscle in the hip that was replaced is weak and I tend to walk with a sailors gait – going side to side with each step, Walking with a stick means I can walk normally. I’m going for physio twice a week and I’ve had 4 visits so far. The first three visit were taken up with him massaging the scar as the skin layers needed to be aligned following the surgery. The fact that they weren’t aligned meant I had an ache when I stood up which lasted for a few steps and then disappeared. The massage wasn’t painful and worked well and I can now stand up with no aches or pains. My last physio visit was taken up with cycling on an exercise bike – he tells me I need to build the muscle.

    Before I went for surgery I must admit to being worried sick. It didn’t help reading on this forum that another gentleman had a heart attack a week before hip surgery. I went into hospital at 10.00 am but my BP was so high that they delayed the operation until late in the afternoon by which time I’d calmed down. There was nothing painful at all prior to the operation or after come to that. When i went in to theatre the nurses were kind and explained that I would be sedated and placed a clear plastic mask over my nose and mouth. the next thing I remember is waking up in the recovery room. The first 10 minutes I spent trying to focus my eyes on the clock to see what the time was. It was 6.15 and I’d gone in at 4.15. There was no pain at all. I was then taken back to my room where I was given an evening meal. I went to sleep and woke at 2.30am needing the loo. I called the nurse who told me to get out of bed carefully and walk to the loo. I was amazed. Again no pain as I assume I was dosed up with painkillers. The next morning I was walking back and forward to the loo with no problems at all. At 10.00 the surgeon came in and explained that everything had gone well and the operation was a success and I could go home in the afternoon or the following morning, whichever suited me. I had to show the physio that I was OK on crutches and could go up and down stairs and she passed me as fit and I went home at 2.00pm. I had a 40 minute car journey home, again with no pain. The one thing I have found is that I tire very quickly. My physio says this is normal after an operation. I found that my walking wasn’t limited by pain but by the fact that I soon became exhausted. I did find that each day I see an improvement. I should also add I’ve never had any pain at all. The big plus is that I can now put my socks on – the negative is that I no longer walk with a stoop and now tend to hit my head on the beams in my house.

    If There’s anything else I can help you with either post on this forum or drop me a PM. The big thing is there is nothing to worry about. Where are you having it done?

     

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    That is marvellous Michael, plus a big welcome to Julia, if our friend Bill was around he would I’m sure tell you he was in the same fear factor state as you! But being a brave man he had it done too!  Similar story, amazing recovery with little or no pain.  So I hope you can believe this and go in and have a better life than one of constant pain. Please let us know how you get on!  Good luck!  :rose:

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    I thought a full hip replacement was spike, ball and cup, which would mean a 2″ cut would not be  enough to fulfill that “full”hip replacement. Either way I hope all who are having hip replacements a healthier and painless future.

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    I’m not a medical expert and always believed a hip replacement involved a large scar and a long time recuperating. My sister had a new hip in the UK and her bruising was so bad she was kept in IC because they thought the bruising was life threatening. My neighbour also had a hip replacement with a large 12 inch scar. The wound opened up and became infected and she had a lot of trouble and the hip has never worked properly.  This is what I expected. Fortunately my experience was totally different. The first time I began to wonder something was odd was when I saw the size of the scar. Neither was there any bruising what-so-ever. When the surgeon told me I could go home 22 hours after the operation I knew something special had happened.

    As I understand it, what had happened was ‘minimal invasion surgery’. This procedure has a number of significant advantages – reduced risk of infection, less hospital time, faster recovery to name a few. This is not the newest procedure. I’m told that the latest involves entering through an incision in the groin and is even less invasive. However, my operation is a newer procedure than the better known procedure involving a large scar and a long recovery.

    As I understand it, it depends where your GP refers you. I told my GP that I wanted to go to my local hospital 10 km away. I’m now so thankful that he refused and said that he would refer me to a surgeon 40 km away. He gave no reason for this decision and I didn’t question him. As a matter of interest, as I understand it, the newer procedures are not available on the UK NHS, only the older procedure. To have the ‘minimal invasion’ procedure in the UK involves going private and paying £13,000. It has been explained to me, in French so I may not have understood, that all the procedures are carried out in France. It tends to be the older surgeons who carry out the older procedure as they are do not wish to re-train. The younger surgeons are the ones who carry out the newer procedures.

    I would suggest anyone who sees their GP about a hip replacement should discuss their requirements and should go armed with any details they can find on the internet  regarding hip replacement surgery. Anyone who thinks I may be able to help or requiring further information, please PM me.

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    Morning, Thank you so much to everybody who have taken the time to reply, I am still petrified but reassured by peoples experiences.  It is the Minimal Invasive technique and have been told I will be Hospital one day and out the next, all being well 😬. Two inch scar and no restrictions.

    Countdown….Nine days to go !

     

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    I watched a programme on French tv a few days ago explaining the new technique, interesting stuff as they apparently now make the incision  from a different angle thus  causing less muscle damage.

    Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the knee replacement, I had one done a few years back and the recovery was much longer than the hip op due to the operation necessitating cutting through layers of muscles.

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    Hi Michael.    Sorry I haven’t been in touch earlier but my Internet has been off !   I have tried to retrieve your message but can’t seem to read it.   I’m absolutely fine, two weeks today post-op I am drug free and walking with one crutch.  I did have pain for around 5 days but was given Morphine and Tramadol so it was bearable as long as I remembered to take them on time.  I do seem to easily tire and do numerous short walks but nothing to gruelling..the Physio has given me exercises to do and says to take things slowly.  Thank you again for all your advice and information, it made a very worrying time less stressful 😀 I hope your recovery is continuing well ?

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    Well done , :rose: Julia pleased to hear your doing so well!

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    Hi Julia

    All the very best to you- regards

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    Hi Julia,

    Glad to hear things are going well.

    I had my hip done on the 18th December so its coming up to 2 months now. I saw the surgeon on the 23rd January and he said I had had an excellent outcome and he would like to see me in 4 years time!

    I no longer limp and can now walk upright. I no longer use a crutch or stick and can now walk a 2 mile route. The one problem I have is that I tire easily. I think that as my hip deteriorated, I did less and less exercise. I always used to walk to the village in the mornings with the dog to get my croissant and bread but had to give it up. Then driving became painful. I think its just taking time to get back to the level of fitness I enjoyed before I had problems with my hip. But I’m getting there!! :yahoo:

     

     

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    Well done Michael, I hope you can get back to your previous fitness levels . It’s so easy to loose it believe me and so rapid.  Good luck and keep going!! :rose:

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    Well done and a good read until you have to have a go at the superb NHS  Michael. Quote “I have checked on the UK NHS website and this operation is not available but can be organised privately for £13,000. Thank heavens for the French health service.” This is totally irrelevant to your story.

    My wife, 18 years, ago diagnosed with bowel cancer and 3 days later she was successfully operated on. Good old NHS!!!!

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    Well done you hipsters! It’s a major part of our body to get working again, I’m amazed at how quickly mobile you are (as Blue says Bill said the same) best wishes for your full recovery.

    BE I think we all quote comparisons that relate to our own personal situations I think we’re all guilty of doing so and Michael was thanking the French health service for his own treatment compared to that which he found he would have had with the NHS.

    I’m so pleased that Anne had such swift treatment and that the NHS came up trumps at that time. We each have our own stories to tell and it’s wonderful to read of success stories from whatever health service.

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    Haven’t done one of these in years! Enjoy.

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    Couldn’t see it unfortunately BE, it seems I need some addition to watch it.  :unsure:

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    Good afternoon BE. Presumably as you are a French part timer you are still registered with the UK NHS and therefore have little experience of the French health service. My guess is that the NHS in the UK is similar to the link you give – it doesn’t work.

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    You just need Adobe Flash player on your computer for the link to work. No Michael I am not a French part timer I’m an English part timer. I know how the French system works having used it twice in 38 years and both times I had to pay! Anyway this thread is about hip replacement not which system is best so I shall refrain from posting again unless someone belittles the NHS.

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    My husband has numerous health problems, when we lived in France  our  doctor, super man, said why haven’t you got stents?  He phoned the surgeon,  and in 3 days he was in having stents done!  Fantastic French  health service ! Have damaged hip, wish I was in France , would hopefully offered more help than Volterol  (medical equivalent )  !

     

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