I seen the surgeon yesterday on NHS and plan was to then transfer to private with them as I had been told they would do the op in 3 weeks from consultation once I had the name of the surgeon. But, he showed me my xrays! The consultant had said it was bad and bone on bone so would mark as priority but I wasn't expecting what the surgeon said. Ball destroyed and pushed up in the socket, parts of the socket also gone and not a hint of cartilidge anywhere. He said he wouldn't recommend swapping to private and he is marking as urgent as there is a chance the bone could push through into the pelvis! Bone grafts will need to be screwed to the the socket to build it up before they can put a liner in. I asked how long before they would do it and he said 2 weeks to 2 months but wouldn't commit anymore than that. I really hope it isn't 2 months as I was all physced up for 3 weeks. I am now p.. ed off that for the last 15months I have been told the pain in my hip was bacause of my swollen knee over the phone on the help line, by registrars. A registrar examined my hip in December when I made a point again of saying most of the pain is from my hip and it cracks constantantly even just turning over in bed. "that doesn't mean it's always bone" was her reply. She moved my leg once it cracked so she said "better leave that alone" and did nothing and then on the report I received said "she is starting to have issues with her hip!! I know my RA was out of control and they were trying to find a biologic that worked but they need to start listening to patients more.
I am now really worried about my knee as still worse after they put the steroid injection in it a month ago, the same day as they xrayed my hip. Seeing a rheumy next Thursday so they can try to aspirate it to check for infection (that's failed the last 2 times as it is too thick and gloopy) or possibly refer for imaging she said after I rang the help line again. I really want an MRI so they know properly what is going on as been swollen for 18 months now and Avascular Necrosis doesn't show up on xrays untill it's stage 3.