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Young adult hip replacement

prideandprejudice
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y 21 year old son needs a hip replacement. We are looking for a surgeon with good reputation specialising in young adult hip replacement. Live in East Midlands but willing to travel.

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helixhelix

I suggest you phone the NRAS helpline, 0800 298 7650

or make contact with the juvenile arthritis team

jia.org.uk

For any enquiries about the JIA@NRAS service or for more information, please call 01628 823524 and ask for the JIA team. Alternatively you can email jia@nras.org.uk

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prideandprejudice

Thank you for responding so quickly. NRAS were not able to help but I will try the Juvenile Arthritis Team 😊

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helixhelix

They have telephone volunteers, so perhaps question to ask is whether any of their volunteers has had a hip replacement at a young age? You son might find it helpful to talk to someone who has been through the same experience?

JIA might not be able to help as I read your son’s age as 12, not 21! But no harm in asking...

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prideandprejudice

Thank you for that. Woman I spoke to really tried to help so I will give it another go 😊

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Paula-C

My brother in law had had both his hips replaced at a hospital in Barlborough, which is near Chesterfield, just off the M1, he can't praise it enough. I think it was a private hospital but now they do NHS joint replacements. They only do replacements so there's not a risk of having your op cancelled at the last minute due to a bed shortage. I know someone who is there today for an appointment for having her hip replaced. She's got RA and does post on here so I'll ask her to tell you what she thinks.

barlboroughtreatmentcentre....

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prideandprejudice

Thanks for that. I will check it out as it is quite near to us 😊

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Paula-C

I don't live far from there either, I live in Sutton in Ashfield. I'll find out which surgeon my brother in law had.

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prideandprejudice

I appreciate that - thank you 😊

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Paula-C

Brother in laws consultant was Mr Farlin.

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Nyreedw

I'm Paula's friend who was at Barlborough today, I saw Mr Mersich. Brilliant experience, assessment and pre op all done in one go. Running late and was given a voucher to get coffee whilst we waited. I've had a total farce with MSK hub,who decides who treats you and I would have been all done and dusted well before Christmas if they had referred me here instead having to get my GP to complain. Mine should be done in roughly 8 weeks too. Xx

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prideandprejudice

Thank you for taking the time to respond. I really hope all goes well. I will check out Mr Mersich. Do you mind me asking if yours is likely to be complex hip surgery? Also, did your hip have to become really painful before they would agree to operate? 😊

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AgedCrone

Have you tried the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore?

They will probably be able to advise you of any surgeons who perform this surgery near your location.

I’m sure you know this surgery isn’t usually performed on somebody so young as the lifespan of the replacement is such that it would need repeating at a still early age.

A cousin of mine had it done when he was 38...but he had to get it done privately.

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prideandprejudice

Thank you. Yes, we went to Stanmore & in an effort to be helpful they referred us to a hip specialist for young adults in Sheffield. Sadly, we got there & found he was semi retired & only doing routine, private ops, not the more complex ops.

But it maybe worth contacting Stanmore again & see what they suggest 😊

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AgedCrone

Have you approached the British Medical Association?

They they have an enquiry facility in various specialties.

Bma.org.uk

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prideandprejudice

No, I haven't but I will give them a ring - good idea 😊

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Metal-legs

I can highly recommend Mr Andrew Thomas at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham. I had both my hips replaced in my late twenties, and had a fantastic outcome with the amazing team at the orthopaedic hospital. Eighteen years later and my hip replacements are still fantastic.

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prideandprejudice

Thank you for that - gives me hope! I will check out Mr Thomas. Can I ask at what point they were prepared to operate? The message seems to be when it becomes really painful & he is struggling to do the normal everyday stuff. He has already gone through so much.

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NicolaP

Mr Thomas runs a combined clinic with Rheumatology at the QE Birmingham so has an interest in patients with such conditions. I saw him at the Combined Clinic at the QE Birmingham in November and have been waiting for a second appointment at the ROH. Originally it was arranged for 21 Feb but its just been brought forward to this Friday. I need a total knee replacement as my right knee is apparently 10 degrees out of alignment and the left 5-10 degrees out. I've been on crutches for months as have severe issues walking much distance. I'm apparently considered an urgent case due to the issues. I'm not quite 50 so had some concerns that I may have issues getting the op as some CCGs apparently restrict knee replacements for under 50 years old but so far no issues and may not be with the CCG (I live in Birmingham).

Good to hear Metal-legs has had such a good experience.

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prideandprejudice

Thank you. I checked him out & thought he had moved hospitals. QE Birmingham keeps dropping up, so I will take a closer look. It sounds like you are having a tough time - I hope all goes well for you 😊

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Metal-legs
Metal-legs
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Best of luck with your knee operation.I was 38 when I had both knees replaced and had to push for that as I was under 50. Hope yours goes well.

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Metal-legs

My hips were totally destroyed from very aggressive disease and I was wheelchair bound so it was a no brainer for Mr Thomas. But he does alot of hip replacements for young people and is the best surgeon to advise. Has your son tried all of the other options i.e physio, hydrotherapy, steroid injection, painkillers ? Mr Thomas advised that if I look after my hips they can last up to 30 years.

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prideandprejudice

wow!! That's some story! I am so pleased everything turned out so well for you 😊😊

My son had a septic hip, followed by an AVN , then an osteotomy - initially did Pilates, hydro etc which all helped but also has a leg length difference as a result of AVN & now several years later is struggling. He is ltd with what painkillers he can take, so its like where do we go from here...Thanks for taking the time again to reply & well done you - amazing!!!

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Metal-legs

Oh that is so challenging for your son, the pain must be terrible for him. I really hope you can find a way forward with hip surgery and I wish you both the very best.

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CagneysMum

My husband at 47 had a hip resurfacing (partial replacement) done by Dr Philip Shaylor 7 years ago who’s NHS base is at Wolverhampton and Cannock trust hospitals I think... you can google his name and read up on him. He was fantastic and my husband couldn’t speak highly enough of him and his follow up care. He had his surgery done at Cannock which is only a small hospital compared to Wolverhampton. My husband ran his first ever half marathon last year at age 54 . Wishing all the best for your son.

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prideandprejudice

Thank you - that personal recommendation is really important. I will take a look at Mr Shaylor. Running a marathan is ALWAYS impressive to me but after a hip replacement...pretty impressive!! 😊 😊

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CagneysMum

He has psoriatic arthritis in both hips, very painful, but since having his one hip done the other has calmed down and he no longer gets the debilitating back pains he use to have. No further surgery required at this point in time. The half marathon was the first running he’d done in 30 years so his hip replacement has definitely enhanced his life. All the best for your son.

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prideandprejudice

I am sure you understand how alone & helpless you can feel when someone you love is struggling & in pain but I cannot tell how much it has helped that people have taken the time to reply & share their amazing stories & offered hope!! Thank you.

I wish you & your amazing hubby well 😊

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RebeccaMB

Can't recommend anyone near you but Mr. Velayudan in Kent was fabulous. Had mine done 2 years ago at the age of 40 so not "young young" but young for a hip replacement. Blogged my way through the experience too and plan to do a 2 year update on the blog soon also. It's worth preparing him mentally for it as for me the first few weeks after were emotionally tough and I wasn't expecting that. I even questioned why on earth I'd decided to go through with the operation. But by around the 6 week mark, I had no regrets. So just prepare him to be patient with recovery. Wishing him all the best.

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prideandprejudice

Thank you for your reply & being so honest about post op feelings. He had a septic hip, AVN & osteotomy & had a terrible time - he was a total star but you still need to be prepared don't you. So glad it worked out well for you 😊

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RebeccaMB

Here's the last post i wrote 5 months post op.... thebeesleybuzz.blogspot.com... and then first one i wrote...http://thebeesleybuzz.blogspot.com/2018/01/hip-replacement-at-40.html There's a younger girl (20s/30s) in Canada I think, on instagram and blogs called "younghipandbionic" and she's a massive source of inspiration for what is possible post-op - she's had both hips done from hip dysplasia but has returned to things like major sporting events and figure skating!!!

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prideandprejudice

I'll check her out because I definately need some hope & inspiration & a happy ending!! Thank you so much 😊😊

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LLee86

Hi, I had my left hip replaced when I was 24, I'm now 33, I had a surgeon from Sheffield (trying to find out which one) I was terrified! But one of the best things I have ever done! The recovery wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, up on my feet the day after surgery. I'll find out who I had and let you know 😊

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prideandprejudice

Thank you. My son was initially referred to Ian Stockley but sadly he now only does private, 'straight forward' hip ops. But I am keen to know who did yours. Do you mind me asking how 'bad' your hip was when they agreed to do it? We keep being told it is about pain & not being able to do normal day to day tasks but how is that acceptable for a 21 year old!!

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LLee86

No not at all, I was really quite bad, I had a constant limp and every day was a bad day πŸ˜” it's taken me all day to finally remember my surgeons name, it was Professor Wilkinson. I was under Royal Hallamshires for my RA. I agree its absolutely no life for a 21 year old, it took/has taken so much from me. He did a brilliant job of my hip and would definitely recommend him.

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LLee86

finder.bupa.co.uk/Consultan...

Here's some info on him, he specialises in hip and knee surgery. 😊 I hope your son is ok x

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prideandprejudice

Thanks so much for getting back to me. I am really pleased it all worked out well. I will definately check your guy out. 😊 x

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Arabella04

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham have a team of surgeons dedicated to joint replacement in children and young adults

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prideandprejudice

Yes - Birmingham keeps coming up....I think it is important that my son is under a team that understands & can empathise with how rubbish it is to be 21 & in pain & limping & not able to do 'normal' stuff!! Anyone in particular @ B'ham that you've heard of?

Thank you for taking the time to respond 😊

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Arabella04

My friends son had a hip replacement at 8. Mr A Thomas heads the team. I hope that helps

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prideandprejudice

Oh wow!! Yes, that does help! And is he doing well?

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Arabella04

It was a few years ago but he’s fine, no longer in pain

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prideandprejudice

What a star! Thank you for taking the time to share that 😊

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Wayne82

I had my first one done at 27 by mr knowles at royal lancaster infirmary hes done my knee replacement too hes been absolutely brilliant with me and my second knee will also be under him I wouldn't want anyone else hes very understand and genuinely cares for his patients I do believe he also works from the BMI hospital in lancaster hope you find someone who can help and you feel happy and confident in

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Wayne82

Also just to add wrightington hospital in Wigan is a specialist hospital in hip replacement surgery as it's where it was first invented would highly recommend checking out

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prideandprejudice

Thanks for that info. I will check both out. Good luck with your surgery 😊

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Anniebl24

There are surgeons on the list in Oxford who specialise in young people.

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prideandprejudice

Thank you - I will check them out 😊

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