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At Nuffield Health Chich­ester Hos­pi­tal and have a full hip re­place­ment. Nine months af­ter hav­ing a hip re­place­ment, Teresa is de­lighted to share what life with her new hip is like and how post op­er­a­tion, she set her­self the chal­lenge of climb­ing the high­est peak in Bri­tain, which she did pain free.

I started to recog­nise I had arthri­tis when I was around 40 years old. Whilst the pain wasn’t too bad, it grad­u­ally got worse with time and even­tu­ally be­came un­bear­able.

I have al­ways loved walk­ing be­cause it is a great way to keep fit and is also a big part of my so­cial life since I am part of a walk­ing group, where we all love ex­plor­ing new des­ti­na­tions.

Be­fore my op­er­a­tion, I never re­ally let my arthritic hip im­pact my life be­cause I re­fused to let it, how­ever it was very hard to ig­nore when I wasn’t able to walk with­out limp­ing. Although I knew I had the stamina and abil­ity, I wasn’t sure if my body would be able to han­dle a whole walk, which was very frus­trat­ing and dis­heart­en­ing. An­other chal­lenge I faced was us­ing the bus. I found my­self hav­ing to stand up a cou­ple of min­utes be­fore my stop, just to make sure I could move when I needed to. Some­times when I would try to stand, my body would freeze be­cause of the pain I would feel.

Ow­ing to this, I de­cided to make an ap­point­ment at Nuffield Health Chich­ester Hos­pi­tal, with Mr Rao, who is a fan­tas­tic orthopaedic con­sul­tant. Any con­cerns I had about hav­ing a hip re­place­ment, were quickly for­got­ten as Mr Rao ex­plained in a very clear way how straight for­ward the pro­ce­dure was and the pos­i­tive out­comes.

Fol­low­ing my ini­tial ap­point­ment, I had my op­er­a­tion three weeks later. Al­most in­stantly af­ter my pro­ce­dure, most of the pain I had pre­vi­ously been suf­fer­ing from had gone and I was able to leave the hos­pi­tal very shortly af­ter­wards. I even man­aged to com­plete a chal­leng­ing 40 mile walk around the coast of Guernsey, three months later. Fol­low­ing this, I then ac­com­plished the South Downs Way walk with a friend, which was 106 miles and took us nine days to com­plete. An achieve­ment I’m par­tic­u­larly proud of was walk­ing up Ben Ne­vis, the high­est peak in Bri­tain. The walk was def­i­nitely one of my big­gest chal­lenges to date, how­ever with my new hip I had a spring in my step the whole way up.

Be­fore my hip re­place­ment, all I can say is that I suf­fered from un­nec­es­sary pain. How­ever, now I no longer have to strug­gle and my qual­ity of life is so much bet­ter. I am very grate­ful to the Nuffield Health team for the ser­vice they pro­vided and I def­i­nitely rec­om­mend this pro­ce­dure to any­one who is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing un­pleas­ant hip pain. If you would like more in­for­ma­tion about the orthopaedic fa­cil­i­ties at Nuffield Health Chich­ester Hos­pi­tal or would like to book an ap­point­ment to see a con­sul­tant, please call 01243 884553.

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