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Re: Replacement and resurfacing

From: John
Date: 31 Aug 2000
Time: 08:43:51
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Hi Nial The hip replacement itself was excellent. I had problems with blood clots on the lungs but that was due to lack of foresight on the part of the Victoria Infirmary (infamous Glasgow hospital). Even now I don't think I have been able to appreciate the full extent of the benefits, due to the fact that my left hip was still holding me back. Based on what I have read and felt I fully expect to be back to normal (i.e no limp and very little if any pain) following the up coming resurfacing. I would also say that looking at all the options is a good idea. Resurfacing is a more expensive op but hopefully justifiable on the NHS due to the age factor and the longer term benefits. If resurfacing is not suitable then metal-metal replacements seem to offer better durability. If had known then what I know now I would have done things differently. Having said that the new hip is great. Even with a dodgy left hip I am able to go round a hillside golf course 2-3 times a week. I was told by my surgeon that I would have to wait 'till my 40s but when the condition affected my ability to go to work then it was felt that the op should go ahead. If you are unhappy with what you are being told get a second opinion. The surgeon I saw with regard to the resurfacing is Mr. Grigoris at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow. He explains things really well and is a very approachable and friendly guy (quite an unusual trait in surgeons, apparently) Hope this is of help. John

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