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Hip replacement criteria

Please can anyone tell me who would be likely to get a Hip Replacement? eg. Do I need to be 80 years old and in a wheelchair, Have had pain for 15 years and now so sick of it,if the NHS does not provide anything, I would use a bank loan and seek private treatment. Am 60 years old, and used to walk 5 hours a day as a postman.

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Thank you, could not get your second site, ,but looked at the first.

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I have replaced the second one with the actual Oxford site, it is the sheet that your GP will probably ask you to complete. If you see it beforehand you will know the best way to complete it! Some do the score in reverse.

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Thank you.

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HI Damien54

The answer to your question is no, I had my hip replacement at the age of 32, after years of suffering, and its still going strong. I had it done at Stanmore Hospital, Dr Sara Muirhead-Allwood, absolutley the most incredible surgeon.

Get back to your GP and insist on a referral to a consultant. Good Luck.

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Hi Juliekea,many thanks for your kind answer.

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Feel much the same. Broke femur 6 years ago. 3 ops on they have decided I have arthritis and need hip replacement. First go to get rid of pin and screw, so two more ops. Am 68, think I'll be 70 before hip done.

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Sorry to hear of your situation.

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It all boils down to your quality of life criteria, l was 40 and unable to wall unaided, that was 30 years ago and things have changed and you may just need to keep "pushing it" good luck

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Thank you for your valuable advice.

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Hi Damien so sorry that you have been suffering for so long. I was 49 when I had my hip replacement and I had my knee replaced at 51. I am 53 now, I don't understand why drs want to wait we need our quality of life now not later, to make someone suffer for years is wrong. I hope you can find some relief soon.

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Thank you for your kind answer Ninas.

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I had my hip replacement 4 days ago I'm 65 I was fit and healthy before the pain started I saw an NHS hip specialist in Decmber and he put me on his list straight away I had suffered for 10 months and the hip joint was completely worn

You have been in pain so long it's awful you shouldn't need to go private

I wish you all the very best

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Thank you Cat, for your kind-hearted answer.

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I think the answer is to keep pushing there is a criteria for hip replacement but it's nothing to do with age its if its affecting your daily life you can't sleep its making you depressed etc If you google it you will find it

I think you have suffered long enough

Wishing you all the best

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Am due to see GP on Thursday. Am starting to write down how the pain is affecting my life.EG have started drinking beer to relieve the pain. This is certainly not the answer, but the Pregabalin tablets are no use now, and very much believe painkillers or drink are not the answer. Thinking of just handing my opinions on paper to the Doctor Thank you again, Cat.

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That's absolutely ridiculous that things have been left so long that you need alcohol to help with the pain

Have they done an X-ray MRI steroid injections physio ? My hip was completely worn and bone rubbing on bone the pain was excruciating

Yes good to write it down

Tell them everything

Please let me know good luck

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Yes, had two xrays and injection . Just thought of another item to say to GP. l have paid and my employers have paid National Insurance Contributions , since 1976.

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If you are in so much pain then they need to help you it's really making me cross that you are even having to think the way you are about your NI contributions You entitled to good care and need it now 😡

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I am just racking my brain asking myself why I should get a hip-replacement as I believe surgery for " non-essential operations " is being rationed. EG a MP who is also a GP is calling on the PM to put more money into the NHS. Am preparing for battle with my GP !

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I have needed knee replacements for over 7 years and they are getting so bad now I fear I will end up in a wheelchair. I used to walk every where and work full time before I injured my knees on the ice one winter and arthritis started. Now I can just about stand up and can't go any where without crutches and having to keep sitting down and can no longer work. over 7 years ago I was told by consultant that my left knee needed replacing but I was "too fat and too young" (his words) since then my right knee was injured after taking the strain and now needs replacing too and I have arthritis in my neck, shoulders and wrists due to using crutches for so long. The NHS is short sighted. If they had helped heal my left knee when I first injured it those years ago I would not have the mobility issues I have now and would still be working and contributing. Sorry this sounds bitter but I am.

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You are so right hebden. It is very short sighted. I have struggled with a knee injury for over a year. When the other knee started hurting as well I went to a chiropractor. She has made a huge difference. I am just hoping it did not go on for too long for a proper recovery. I do not understand why treatment like this is not available on the NHS. It would be very cost effective.

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The NHS are clowns, aren't they? How can they have treated you like that? My heart goes out to you..

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Have had the same problems now going private through my work have had pain for over 10 years having op in October

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