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How long will my hip or knee replacement last?

March 29, 2021

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. … See Full Bio
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Tina Kocsis
August 31, 2018

Hi, this comment is for the article about Glucosamine, but am not able to comment on it. But it is applicable to this article. I have tried glucosamine in the past and actually became much worse. I thought maybe it was the brand I was using cause everyone I knew that had tried it had amazing results. I tried it in a couple different vitamins, in several joint drinks, and other ways. I now know that I am one of those that CAN NOT take this product. I actually was reduced to using a walker, but after a little over a week after being off the supplement, I could finally stop using the walker. I found that what helped me the most which totally shocked me, the Dr. asked me how much dairy I was using, at the time I used between 14 and 16 pounds of butter each month. she liked to have fell off the chair. I bought 4 , 4 pound packages of butter from Sams each month. I could not conceive how butter could make my joints hurt. I didn’t quit cold turkey but started reducing by a pound a month , now I use no butter at all but Olive oil, Avocado oil, grapeseed oil and coconut oil. and for spreads, when needed I use smart balance. and I started walking in a pool, or any kind of movement to work out stiff joints. I would not have believed it if it did not happen to me. getting off all the butter really made an amazing difference. I am truly learning that a lot of what happens to me is what I eat.
and my husband was able to get off of all Cholesterol and blood pressure meds by removing all beef and pork from his diet ( we both cut it out ) and he eats a spoon of fresh chopped garlic mixed in with local honey, and he takes a spoon of apple cider vinegar with the mother every day. This has been working for almost a year now
we eat salmon and Jennie-o 93 % lean ground turkey for our meat intake. and we use Tumeric along with pepper on everything we eat. We have done a lot of research and a lot of trial and error till we found what works for us
God Bless and pray this helps others . I am very happy for those that can take a supplement and it works, it just didn’t work for me

August 19, 2018

I had left hip replaced in 1989, 29 years ago, at northwestern hospital Chgo no problems. Rt hip replaced sep 2017, Loyola hospital maywood 10 months ago no problems. Rt 1st joint great toe replaced 1990 28 years ago no problems. Rt knee replaced 2011 7 years ago can’t kneel. I am 80 yrs young. 4’11, 135 lbs exercise daily independent living Hoping for no more replacements!

Virginia Harlow
July 30, 2018

I had total left hip replacement in 2010 after my original hip repair failed! The left hip had necrosis after having pins put in to facilitate healing after a major break at work! The hospital denied treatment originally until I was forced to sign away my right to sue my employer for my work related injury! So far my replacement joint gives me no problems other than a dull ache whenever the weather changes! I am not allowed to ride a bicycle or to run and jump since my surgery, but otherwise I am able to live a normal life! I retired 2 years ago and am concerned about Medicare coverage should I ever need revision surgery!

July 27, 2018


Hazel Grubbs
July 20, 2018

My first complete hip replacement was 2008 (76) and second complete hip replacement 2010, being 78 years old . I’m now 86 and both hips are great and had a very competent orthopedic doctor in Tyler Texas (he is now retired ) I began playing racquetball at 62 so that’s when my hips wore out. I have gained over 30 pounds since hip replacements . I appreciate reading your information and realize that I must lose weight to help my hips last the rest of my long life . 2015 I developed a stroke diagnosed with A-fib. Warfarin is the only meds in my life. I was age 60 my first ever medical physical and was told had an uneven heartbeat, but had the genes family of long life! I’m grateful for the information you offer!

July 20, 2018

I had both of my hips replaced at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, in 2015 when I was 79 years of age. The left and right operations were 6 months apart. I became pain free in a few short weeks after each of the surgeries. I was a daily runner before the operations. I no longer run, but I walk up to three miles a day. If you need surgery do the research on your surgeon and if he/she checks out, go for it.

Dolores J Corpus
July 20, 2018

My first total hip replacement was done 01/1996 at age 60. I was advised that I needed the replacement about six or seven years prior to that. I was told to wait as long as I could as I would probably need revision surgery in about ten years. When I did have the surgery I had waited too long. No therapy was ordered after the surgery. I was given therapy instructions on paper to do at home. I was very very diligent about doing them. To date the replacement is still holding up. I have had no problems. I have tried to follow instructions and suggestions of do’s and don’ts. For years I did have to take antibiotics whenever I had dental treatment but I no longer need to do that. I had a second total hip replacement in 08/09 . Still no problems, but this time I had excellent therapy and rehab following the surgery. Hopefully, this will continue for the rest of my life which I hope will continue for some time.

Ko Banen
July 19, 2018

To date my total left Hip replacement has been done in March 2004 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Melbourne Australia. So far I haven’t had many problems, although I can always feel it. One thing I always avoid as much as possible is not to rotate around when my wife and I have a dance at a function, in particular with a Walz, you,ll know what I mean. Just a normal straight walk, not running, seem to be the best way to keep moving. Also with garden work, be careful how to move. Regards from Ko Banen in Australia.

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