Double hip replacement-- advisable?
September 23, 2011 1:09 PM Subscribe
My mother is scheduled for a hip replacement next week; both hips badly need the surgery and she was originally planning to get them done with three months recovery time between the two operations. However, her doctor has raised the possibility of getting both hips done at the same time, and she's decided to go for it. Does anyone have any experience with having both hips done at the same time, or knows an elderly person who opted for both at once? What was their/your experience? Would you recommend it?
posted by jokeefe to health & fitness (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My mother is in overall excellent health; before the arthritis set in, a year or two ago, she was still going to aerobics two or three times a week. The surgeon was going to do the single operation using only a spinal, as her condition is so good (her bone density is excellent, heart and lungs as well). She's never been sick for any length of time, and having a chronic condition has been a real struggle for her; the arthritis in her hips has moved with scary speed, worsening week by week until now when she's basically immobilized and in constant pain (she was bumped to the top of the list in wait list in August). She's desperate to get to the other side of this and I understand, but I'm worried about the double operation. Feedback gratefully received.