When I first found out I had end stage osteoarthritis in both hips, I was told I had two options: live with the pain, or have total hip replacement (THR) surgery. But if I had THR surgery, because of my young age, I would eventually need a revision.
I spent countless hours doing research, and discovered I had another option; something called hip resurfacing. Instead of cutting off the top of your femur and installing metal, ceramic, or plastic parts, doctors reshape the femoral head and cap it with a metal prosthesis. The socket is also reshaped, and fitted with a metal cup, which your bone grows into. For younger patients, it allows them to continue to be active; to run, to jump and to play with your kids. This was very important to me.
But after jumping down the rabbit hole that is researching medical devices, I discovered that sorting fact from fiction can be a troublesome task. How as a patient are you supposed to wade through it all? One doctor says, “Use only this kind of device.” Another says, “that device could hazardous to your health.” It’s very frustrating.
This is not a unique situation. I am sure there are many of you who've faced similar conundrums. This is why the work that the Arthritis Foundation does is so important. They are a tremendous resource of practical, unbiased information for people who have just been diagnosed with arthritis and those who’ve been living with it for years.
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