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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.