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Old 04-11-2017, 09:41 AM   #21
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Best wishes for speedy healing, Aaron! One more anecdote on hip replacements - DSIL had one about 30 years ago to correct a congenital issue and it's still going strong. So just worry about getting back into shape now and deal with the future if/when it happens.
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Sorry to hear about that fall and subsequent surgery and recovery. As others said, just work on getting better now.
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Hope your bones mend fast, and strong!
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Old 04-11-2017, 12:26 PM   #24
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In my sample size of younger people (<50) who have had hip replacements, the only ones who needed a "redo" at the 15 year mark or so were obese. One friend is now 55 on his second set of knees. He finally "found religion" and lost the weight.

If you are obese or overweight, lose weight. You are young, so you'll put more strain on it than a 60 yr. old who has theirs last 35 years. Remember, they've slowed down.
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Sorry about the accident. I hope your pain is under control.

I had a fracture 14 years ago and have an appointment for a new knee in June. As others have pointed out, there's no way to know if you will or will not reach the point of needing a new knee. The good news is that joint prosthetics are lasting longer than they used and surgery to replace them is getting better too, so whatever happens in the future will be different from what they are doing now. You'll cross that bridge if and when you come to it.
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Sorry to hear about it, Aaron. My grandfather was an aviation mechanic and had a similar fall from a ladder, also breaking his hip. He was around 60, and had no obvious long-term issues after getting through PT. I hope your recovery goes as smoothly.

Will your salary be covered while you're recuperating?
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my Dr says I will very likely need hip replacement in my 50's
Sympathy for your accident; hope you heal quickly.

As for the quoted part, don't be too quick to take someone else's opinion on that. Even though hip replacements are routine these days, it's a decision that needs to be made primarily by you -- you'll know when you're ready. The doc will confirm it, but it would certainly be a mistake to have it done before you really need it.

Just a side point: The doc told me I was "on track for a hip replacement, sooner rather than later" nearly two years ago. That was based on both X-rays and an MRI. I was in considerable pain then, but with plenty of rest and easing up on my daily activities I've been able to almost completely get rid of the pain and I feel sure that I'm not as close to replacement now as I was then.
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That sounds awful, hope you recover quickly.
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Aaron, I didn't realize you were doing such dangerous work. Falling on concrete - geez - what wouldn't break? I hope you heal very fast. Some people heal from breaks faster than others. At least you have relative youth on your side. I know you'll work hard at physical therapy.

As for needing a hip replacement 15 years down the line, I would ask the Dr. what it is about your break or your Xray that makes them think that. Maybe it is just the Dr.'s experience with that type of break, which doesn't always mean it will be true for YOU.

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Sorry. I know over two dozen people who have had hip replacements, from age 55 to age 75 when they had it done. All but one were very happy with the procedure. The one needed a re-do due to defective components. But even she is happy now with the re-do. Hip replacements tend to be easier in rehab than knees and last longer too. So, I would not worry about that now. Stretching and yoga plus Pilates for strengthening muscles will help a lot going forward regardless of whatever happens in the future with your hip.
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I just want to add my regret that you fell, especially while on a new job. That had to be very painful, awkward, painful, surprising, and painful.....in many ways. Plus....getting to ambulate again with only one arm has got to be challenging.

I'm hoping that health insurance is not a worry, and that coverage is there either from your own options or from the new job. No one needs that added concern.

Within a short time this will just be a memory. Something to look back on and wish never happened. The human body does an amazing job of healing itself.....and you on that path. Just keep moving forward.
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I'm hoping that health insurance is not a worry, and that coverage is there either from your own options or from the new job.
It should be entirely covered under Workmen's Compensation.
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It should be entirely covered under Workmen's Compensation.
Correct. All medical bills will be covered by WC. WC will also pay 2/3 of my weekly base pay while i'm away from work.
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I want to add my good wishes for a complete recovery. Workers' compensation should certainly cover the costs. It is unfortunate that it won't cover your full salary while you are incapacitated. As I recall, this is a relatively new job for you. Why do you think the fall happened? Were the safety protocols deficient?
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In my sample size of younger people (<50) who have had hip replacements, the only ones who needed a "redo" at the 15 year mark or so were obese. One friend is now 55 on his second set of knees. He finally "found religion" and lost the weight.

If you are obese or overweight, lose weight. You are young, so you'll put more strain on it than a 60 yr. old who has theirs last 35 years. Remember, they've slowed down.
Unless Aaron put on a lot of weight recently, he was a tall and lanky guy. I recall he said he ate a lot but failed to put on some additional weight.
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Ouch! I wish you a speedy recovery!
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Sorry to hear about your accident...

I am like others and say do not worry about if you will need one or not... or a second years later... that info will only be known in the future and worrying about it now is not productive....


It will be what it will be... you just have knowledge that it is a possibility and that if you start to have problem you will know what you need to do... if no problems, then no worry...
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Unless Aaron put on a lot of weight recently, he was a tall and lanky guy. I recall he said he ate a lot but failed to put on some additional weight.
Yes, I am 6'6" or just under when barefoot and hover right around 180. I have put on about 15 lbs of fat the last couple years and my metabolism is noticeably lower but I am still quite thin.
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Yes, I am 6'6" or just under when barefoot and hover right around 180. I have put on about 15 lbs of fat the last couple years and my metabolism is noticeably lower but I am still quite thin.
Wow! YOU ARE FINE then for weight. No problem there. You just took away the biggest risk for your joint replacement.

Sorry to hear you have to deal with this.
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