Hip Check Up Yesterday

Yesterday I sat in the same room, on the same table, as I did 2.5 years ago. This is where I was told that I needed bilateral hip replacements and everything changed.
Now I sit there, happy for the changes, and thankful for my new lease on life.  It’s been just over 2 years since my right hip replacement, and about a 1.5 since my left.

I had two questions at my check up and I want to share them with you:

  1. What make/model do I have implanted?
  2. Is there a test available in Canada for cobalt? (since my Family Doctor was unable to answer this earlier)

The answer to question #2 is yes, there is a test, I’d have to come to the hospital for it though, it’s not something that is available everywhere.

The answer to question #1 was different then I anticipated. I have a Zimmer ML Paper, which is great. But the components are different then what the resident told me in pre-op. I thought I had cobalt-titanium with plastic, but I actually have a titanium base with a ceramic ball and plastic cup. NEWS TO ME!

Once my surgeon told me that I mentioned how I was told something differently in the pre-op appointment days before my surgery, he said that around the time of my replacements they were finding that the ceramic worked better for younger patients so they put in the best option for me once they opened me up. Which is fine, I trust him with my life, I just had no idea haha

I’m not upset, as I understand someone people might be. This is simply because nothing has changed, hearing more details about what I have doesn’t change how I am feeling. I’ve been meaning to ask for a long time about the brand, but always forgot.

Point of all this is, don’t feel weird to ask questions, and it’s okay to ask questions more then once as the answers may be different then you think.

Happy Thursday everyone!

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