I had suffered from hip and back pain for about 12 years and had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in 2014. No pain killers I had ever been prescribed seemed to work and at 43 years old this began to threaten my much loved career as a police officer.
Due to its rapid progression over a few months period in 2017 I was referred by my GP to consultant Professor Edward Davis. Following consultations with Prof Davis including a Cortisone injection into my right hip, I was advised that I had hip dysplasia and that my best option was for a Total Hip Replacement. One of the options discussed with me was the use of the robotic assisted surgery.
I chose to have the robotic assisted surgery as I believed it gave me the best possible accuracy of fitting and longevity for my replacement hip joint. At my age and with my career in mind I knew that this would provide me with the greatest chance of returning to work promptly and continuing in my career.
The overall experience at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham was better than I could ever have hoped. I was so very well looked after throughout the process from pre-op to physio-therapy.
I have since had it confirmed that I will also need the left hip replacing within the very near future. I hope to be able to undergo the robotic assisted surgery again so that my hip joints are as balanced and identical as possible.
I am now 8 weeks post-op and am back to my normal life with none of my previous hip pain; I am driving, walking my dog and training at a gym. I return to work in two weeks time.