Even with the new stuff out there, 50 is still kind of young on an average. I have had patients as young as 11 ( rheumatoid arthritis) though who got THAs. Our oldest was 101.
There are some new metal on metal hips out there. I see you are in Pa. If you want to come to SC I will point you to one of the BEST in the whole country ! The press-fit (no glue) are the way for the younger patient to go. The cement will actually eventually rub the bone away from the prosthesis and cause loosening.
Seriously though, has any one *told you* that you have AVN or OA? Has anyone recommended a hip replacement?
Have you had any films or MRIs? Bursitis, disks, tenedenitis, abnormal gait can ALL mimic a trashed hip. Believe it our not hip pain is sometimes really back and sometimes enteral. I have 2 herniated disks and they really give my hips he**.
The Cox2 inhibiting drugs Celebrex and Vioxx and that other one I can't recall are easier on the tummy. They don't have the "pseudo protection" from DVT though, so some docs are having their patients add 1 baby ASA a day. BUT ask the DOC though. Some Cox2 patients have even developed DVT and PE while on these drugs.
Myself, Motrin 800 TID works wonderfully.....I think 3200/day is still the max dose. My tummy is fine and so in my drug budget....90 of them comes to $6. Vioxx is 15x that!
The precautions are pretty much the same for the non cemented hips as kewlnurse mentioned, although we had one surgeon who wouldn't let ANY patient give up the walker and the abduction pillow for 3 MONTHS.
Read up in the AAOS web site and the Wheeless Ortho site. I think THAs and TKAs are fascinating. But I can see how some others wouldn't. I used to say let the doc operate and then LEAVE us nurses alone! Could do a post op without ANY written orders, but......never got the opportunity
I have no financial interest in either of these sites but they have some neat pictures and pretty easy descriptions.
PS if you want the name of the surgeon here send me a message