Did you know that Jane Fonda has had hip replacement surgery? She was 67. As a former leg warmer-wearing aerobics instructor myself, I felt comforted by the information – but I was 43, not 67.She’s also had a recent knee replacement and was the AARP cover girl a few years ago.
I felt less alone in the titanium world when I discovered that Prince had hip replacement at age 49. Toss in tennis legend Jimmy Connors. He was back on the courts six weeks after the operation.
Add Mary Lou Retton and Tony Award winning dancer BeBe Neuwirth (Remember her? She played Lilith on Cheers.). Neuwith had both hips replaced. Did I mention Martha Stewart? She had her hip replaced too.
I feel more mainstream now. A new joint could become the plastic surgery of the century!
The relatively new trend of younger adults having this radical surgery is closely correlated to the aging baby boomers who have been sweating and exercising their entire lifetime. My parent’s generation was different – they looked down on exercise.
Running for fun almost seemed unheard of until Forrest Gump invented the sport in 1970 or thereabouts. (I wonder how Tom Hanks’ pelvis is holding up?)
We are the first aging jock population – or what I prefer to call the Baby Zoomers. We are unwilling to take an antiquated doctor’s advice to wait as long as possible with a painful hip because a new joint won’t last the duration of a younger person’s lifetime. It just isn’t true.
A deteriorated hip socket causes excruciating pain. I used to think people limping were just walking a little off center. Now I know from personal experience and hobbling around for two years that when someone limps, they are HURTING BADLY. The inability to bear weight on your leg is crippling.
Hip replacement surgery has become state of the art and the device installed is no different. It’s able to endure more wear and tear. Us aging athletes can get back to what we love: living our active lifestyle to the hilt without limping or whining.
I am thankful every morning when I first throw my bedcovers back that my day won’t be ruined by the pain of putting my foot on the floor just to go to the bathroom.
Hey. Now I have something in common with Prince besides high heels. Bring it on.