Medical advances allow 53-year-old woman to have total hip replacement surgery
HIP replacement surgery has long been used to treat arthritis in elderly people. However, what are the options when a patient in their 50s or younger has severe hip arthritis that has not responded to alternative treatments?
Traditionally, the main concern with performing hip replacement surgery on younger patients was the wearing out of the implant. But now newer implants, made of metal or ceramic, have been created, which have a long lifespan and could potentially last a lifetime.
At 53 years old Sharon Brennan, a community assistant for the elderly, was dealing with severe hip pain, which affected her work and daily life.
After suffering for five years with pain in her right hip joint and groin which was getting steadily worse, Sharon, who lives in Leeds, had reached the point where she could not walk more than a short distance without pain, she struggled to go up and down stairs and night pain was disturbing her sleep.
“It felt like bone on bone and would send sharp pain like an electric shock down my leg,” she said. “I decided it was not going to stop me living my life and it was time to do something about it.”