Hip Replacement Pre-Op and Post-Op Surgery Diary – AARP

My Brand-New Hip: A Personal Tale

Helpful friends, expert therapy and a new surgery technique make hip replacement a success

by: Caitlin Kelly | from: AARP | June 13, 2012

 

Caitlin Kelly takes her first steps after a hip replacement. — Photo by Jose R. Lopez

Things aren’t good when your 83-year-old father has more energy and stamina than you do. An athletic and highly active person since childhood — whose activities included jazz dance, softball, horseback riding, cycling and sailboat racing — I found my life shrinking at 52 due to arthritis in my left hip.

When I’d been diagnosed with it two years earlier, I continued many of my activities. But by the time I was 52, in January 2010, every step was painful, and a hip replacement was inevitable.

See also: 5 steps to a successful hip replacement.

Hip Replacement Pre-Op and Post-Op Surgery Diary – AARP

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