At just 49, comedienne Amanda Keller has had a hip replacement. Why?
She is active, young and glamorous – so Amanda Keller is not someone who would immediately come to mind when you think of hip replacements.
But the 49-year-old mother-of-two has just undergone surgery because of osteoarthritis in her hip.
The team captain on Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation only discovered she suffered from the condition three years ago, when she was in pain while on a walk with her father. Tests showed she suffered from osteoarthritis. Then last September things became worse.
"I had an awful pain in my hip,” Keller says. "I thought it was a pinched nerve, but when the X-rays came back my doctor told me the cartilage was gone. I was down to bone on bone. I couldn’t believe it had come to this so quickly after hearing I had arthritis. I thought, ‘I’m just 49, arthritis is an old person’s disease’."