Waiting for my new hip……

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Hi I’m Nicky Turner. I am a 41-year-old physiotherapist and I am having my hip replaced in two weeks – 21st May 2012. For me this whole process has been devastating. I know there are much worse health issues out there to have to deal with and as my friends and fellow colleagues say, well it could be worse, at least you haven’t got cancer and haven’t had your legs blown off in Afghanistan. I know that, but for me it is still hard to sink in and get round my head. I think I should have done more to help my poor little hip but didn’t. I tried but it wasn’t enough. But to have massive surgery to cure the pain isn’t me. My job as a physiotherapist was to avoid surgery at all costs and now I am at the end of the road (and tether) and have no choice but to go ahead with it. Marcus Bankes my surgeon assures me it will only get worse and well, there is little choice. Great.

Anyhow as a result I feel I need to get my experience across to all other pending arthritic hips, whatever the age, and see, as a physio what I can do to help. I have worked as a health professional assessing, treating and rehabilitating hips post injury and post operation for 17 years and I want to offer some advice and help to those out there who are struggling along. For some, you may be excited about the fact you will walk without pain, get in and out of a car, put your shoes on and get your leg over a bike! For some reason I feel more of a dread and constantly worry about how long the new hip will last, 2,5, 10 or 20 years??!! I think if it lasts 20 years then my next one will be at 61 and then one more and well perhaps that would be it….?? A consultant orthopaedic surgeon friend of mine, tells me how strong the latest prostheses are and that they can last for years. He is so animated in his description I hold onto to his words for ages and hope that mine is one of them.

So, for me, going from climbing icefalls and cycling over the Alps to barely being able to walk down the road with my 18 month old baby due to extreme pain is simply awful. How did I get to this? How did it get so bad? Why didn’t I do more exercises? Why me? I watch mothers walk with their babies on their back or chest and I envy them, as I cannot do that without causing sharp pain in my groin and outer hip. The pushchair is my crutch and on rainy days I use my umbrella as a walking stick to try and disguise my limp which now is so apparent. In fact cycling to work to treat my patients is easier than walking!

Anyway this is the start of my journey….

Author: nickyturnerphysio

Mother, Physiotherapist, Traveller, Cyclist & Hip Replacement

3 thoughts on “Waiting for my new hip……”

  1. I don’t know if you’re still doing this blog, but I want to thank you for putting your recovery information out there. I was shocked to find out I needed a hip replacement last August of 2015 after walking around on an acetabular fracture for a year which was misdiagnosed in the ER. I was jogging in the bike lane near my home in New Mexico and a car tried to run me off the road. I was startled and fell. My femur pushed up into the acetabulum after a year of walking and exercising on it. I’ve been terrified ever since I found out what really happened. I still dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety. I used to jog and power walk 7 miles a day. Now I’m 5 months post op and can only walk two miles. Just like you said, at this point my hip still doesn’t feel like my own and my muscles are still adjusting. Reading your post at8 months post surgery gave me so much hope that I’m doing okay and will be able to get back to moving more normally. Thanks for sharing your story. I really appreciate it!

    1. Hi Barbara thank you for your kind words. It is great to hear my blog helped you. It is such an ordeal having a hip replacement so young and being sporty and active as well. You will get there. You’ll notices changes to your hip and leg even at 2 years. I did anyway. I am going to start blogging again very soon. Good luck and keep exercising and staying strong! Nicky x

      1. Thanks so much for writing back, Nicky. Actually, I’m not young. I just turned seventy! I’ve just always been very active and involved with athletics. This hip replacement has been hard to take, especially since there was nothing wrong with my hip until that car tried to run me off the road,
        . Thanks for your encouragement. I’m looking forward to your next post. Barbara

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