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Offline Billjames

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Which should be first-knee or hip?
« on: October 11, 2011, 08:23:38 PM »
I have been told by seperate consultants that I need a complete knee relacement on left leg and a hip replacement on the right side. The hip specialist said that normally they start from top down i.e. hip first. However, due to the knee pain I am unable to walk without crutches. So which should be done first? I am having arthrsocopy on the knee on Friday to see if they can give some relief while waiting for the replacement.

Offline jennifer_in_clyde

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Re: Which should be first-knee or hip?
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2011, 08:59:18 PM »
I would tend to want to do the hip first - the recovery from it is much faster and easier than from the knee...having it nailed down before starting the knee would probably be really helpful to your recovery from the knee surgery - that being said, your OS is probably your best guide knowing your situation the best.
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Offline allyd

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Re: Which should be first-knee or hip?
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2011, 09:52:58 PM »
There has been a lot of research done that suggests hip problems can cause knee pain/issues. When looking at knee complaints, its very common for an OS to examine a patients hips. i.e. some of the pain in your knee could be caused from the hip issues. Your OS is probably thinking, lets sort that out, and then see what is really going on in the knee after the hip is squared away.
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Offline Fathead D

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Re: Which should be first-knee or hip?
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2011, 09:42:03 AM »
I am in a similar situation.  I need a Total Hip Replacement in right leg and a TTT in my left.  I am only 34 so I am going to get the knee done first and then hold out as long as possible on my hip.
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