Joan's story

The pain felt excruciating. It felt like broken glass inside my hip and was constant when I was either walking or sitting down. The pain affected my life, right down to dressing myself, going to work, doing things that I enjoy. I couldn't food shop, I couldn't put my sneakers on, I couldn't put my socks on, the pain was constant. The pain affected my relationships, the fact that I wasn't able to go out and do the things that I enjoyed with my family and my friends.

The particular moment I decided to get my hip fixed was when I felt too young to be so… handicapped. After I had the operation, I still expected pain, but I was pleasantly surprised that the first day my surgeon came in and he pushed on my foot, and I didn't feel any arthritis pain. That was when I realized my hip pain was actually gone. I walked up a flight of stairs on the third day of my recovery.

I owe my whole future to my surgeon, and if I didn't marry my husband I probably would have married my surgeon… truly. I would tell someone contemplating having hip surgery… don't waste any time, do it as soon as possible, because those are weeks, months or years that will go by wasted.

I actually feel blessed. After the operation, I got married one year later, and I walked down the aisle and danced at my wedding. I'm so glad there are people out there who have the capability to make such a great product.

Individual results may vary. Not all patients will have the same post-operative recovery and activity level. See your orthopaedic surgeon to discuss your own potential benefits and risks.