I am having a hip replacement tomorrow, privately in London.
A year ago I was told by a hip specialist that I had to lose about 2 stone before he would operate, and being on steroids also made me too high a risk. I have spent a year in more and more pain and becoming less and less mobile ( I have OA in knees as well). I have found it impossible to lose this much weight and a bariatric surgeon said he would not do anything for me that required an operation because of the steroids! So I felt up the creek without a paddle. My husband kept saying that there must be a surgeon somewhere who would take pity on me and eventually I listened to him. I wrote to a few select surgeons, telling them all about my difficulties, and all the ones outside my area ( West Kent) were willing to see me. I saw consultant in London on 1st June. He grilled me about my options but he could see that I was desperate. He explained that my weight does make me more risky but not excessively so. He was not worried about the steroids.
So now, finally, I am about to go under the knife. I am a bit scared but also determined to be a very good patient and do as I'm told to have the best recovery possible.
What this tells me is that it is always worth fighting for what we know we need!