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.