Revision Hip Replacement (For previously failed hip joint surgery). Primary hip and knee replacements do fail in for a number of reasons. Regular follow-up is essential for people with primary joint replacements. Revising them is highly specialised surgery requiring extensive training and access to sophisticated implants and hospital facilities. The old implant removed and replaced with new. Surgery may involve use of bone graft and/or custom made implants. Identifying failing joint replacements early is crucial for a successful outcome and therefore a regular follow-up by an orthopedic surgeon is advised.

TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT IN AVASCULAR NECROSIS

I was approaching 40. I had a good career, a happy family and everything looked bright for the future. Then one day, I felt a pain in my left hip. I thought it would pass, but it gradually became unbearable. I was diagnosed with avascular necrosis or hip AVN. I couldn’t believe it. Doctors gave me medicines but only the painkillers worked as long as I took them regularly. I went through 14 months of frustration and despair. For my condition, hip replacement was a suitable option, but I was anxious whether I could get back to life 100%. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to play with my son.

As the pain worsened, my wife kept telling me surgery was perhaps the only way. A friend of mine said that I should go to Udai Clinic as it is one of the most reputed orthopaedic centers in Hyderabad. I met Dr. Udai Prakash who was visiting as a specialist from the UK at that time. He said there was not much point in delaying surgery, as it was the only option. I did some research and found that all over India and globally, people were living active lives after hip replacement surgery. Moreover, I learnt that advances in implant options now allow greater stability and range of motion and may even enable running.

In June 2009, I underwent a ceramic bearing hip replacement. Recovery from surgery was surprisingly smooth. I had very little discomfort. I went through a rigorous rehab program under my surgeon’s supervision. His encouragement and my wife’s support helped me recover quickly. Looking back, I wonder why I delayed the surgery for so long. Within three months, I was back on track. Life felt more precious than ever before. As a result, I became a better husband, a better father, a better professional, and a better member of society. I got a second chance. I have learnt that every challenge is an opportunity to become better. So, never stop moving!

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