Quotidian Ruminations #9.3.6 (mostly about Hip Replacement)

The news from Wasington is a crazy thing — both in its substance and its effect on me. I can get all riled up and there’s NOTHING I can do to change anything. Monday was a cacophany of noise in my head between the shut-down gubmint and my shut-down hip. I think when a person retires it shouldn’t mean you leave your job. It should mean you no longer have to put up with ambient bullshit.

Like that’s going to happen.

I contacted a doc yesterday via email so I could fully introduce myself without the visual image of the little white-haired lady hobbling into the examination room and sitting like a lump in a chair. He has been highly recommended by a blogging pal and an old high school friend whose hip he replaced last year. He’s kind of far away, but I guess I can work that out. Before that I rearranged the living room, cleaned the bathroom and rode the bike to nowhere 10 miles or so.

Naturally my hip is the dominant issue right now. I know that when I get that settled and scheduled, I’ll feel better.

One thing that’s been interesting as I’ve “shopped online” for a doctor is that in the advertising in their websites there are videos of active old guys regaining their ability to climb 14000 foot peaks, ride centuries and hike in various locales. I have only seen ONE video of a woman athlete among these websites and she was playing golf. I also learned from the doc I visited last week that hip resurfacing — which I had 11 years ago on my right hip — is now performed more commonly in the US, but not on women. “A lot more problem with metal ions in women for some reason,” said the doc. Hip resurfacing uses all an all metal prosthesis. Hip replacement prostheses are made in several different ways — metal/metal, porcelain, plastic, lots of stuff. The big advantages to resurfacing are that the femur is not cut off and the size of the prostheses is closer to our natural parts — larger femoral head and acetabulum cup, reducing the chance for dislocation.

Why? I wondered. A little more research online showed me that there is also the belief that women’s bones are not as strong as mens — true, after menopause for most women, I guess. Perhaps the prostheses failed in some of the (relatively few) women who had resurfaced hips? I don’t know. I’m curious because I have one and — so far — it’s wonderful.



21 thoughts on “Quotidian Ruminations #9.3.6 (mostly about Hip Replacement)

  1. You will become the bionic woman eventually. I am no expert but this sort of thing is done a lot today I think. I know a few cases of it being fixed on the british national health system, so if they do it, it must be a good possiblitiy because the british national heath only pays if it is worth it. Good luck in any case and beware of journeys by plane when you go through the barrier before boarding. It might make a sound as you walk through.

    • Going through security at the airport is pretty bizarre. Some airports do a full x-ray which is weird but actually a lot simpler than being patted down and wanded πŸ™‚

  2. I totally agree. The bullshit from DC should be permanently BLOCKED. There was one particular loathsome video of whatsherface from Maine and her African “Talking Stick” which was, as Trevor Noah explained, “the kind of thing stupid Whit People pay some guy hundred of dollars for as he walks away shaking his head. We use MICROPHONES, lady. Microphones.” Wherever we looked, they played the same nauseating video. I felt cornered.

    A good doctor really IS step one, not to be too punny about it. And, ahem, one step at a time (ouch).

  3. It’s exhausting, but most certainly worthwhile so you know the outcome is a positive one. Having gone through surgery before and you are a strong woman, vital and in the long run, through the healing process, you’ll get YOU back, the woman able to dream, and go anywhere! xoxoxo

  4. I think I would discount half of those doctors based on the idiot videos they show. You will know when you find the right one. Good luck with the search, though…. The bs in Washington never stops, does it?

    • I wondered about that, but I wonder if — in my generation — men have been more active than women and they probably make up most of the market. I don’t know — it is advertising. Maybe I’ll ask one of them in an interview πŸ˜€

    • On top of my list right now is Dr. Blackwood. He did a hip replacement for a high school friend last year. I thought you and she (in a blind test) recommending the same guy was serendipitous. I emailed him yesterday but haven’t heard back. I like everything I found on his website. Thank you!

      • I’m definitely looking forward to hearing from him. I decided to email rather than call because I’m so far away and I can really explain things better in writing. Plus I have no aural learning ability, so… I’ll let you know.

  5. Interesting notes you make. It is surprising how common hip replacement surgery is becoming. Glad the resurfacing did very well for you and best wishes for the next leg of the journey

    • Thank you — I guess it’s because my generation is up in years and a lot of us were/have been pretty active AND the surgery now exists. Maybe because people are living longer, too. Fifty years ago it was just in its infancy… It wasn’t a choice most people had.

      • Is medicine slowing the aging rate or is it just keeping us alive long after we would have naturally died? Is 60 really the new 40 – or is it all just lies to keep us working longer?

      • I’ve been asking myself that very question. I also don’t think 60 is the new 40. I remember me at 46. I was not the person inside or outside that I am now.

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