A Patient's Journey – Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement

Dear Mr Biring,

I'm sure you have performed hundreds of joint replacements over the years and cannot possibly remember everyone you have operated on. | was one of those lucky people.

The day | came to see you at Stoke Mandeville | was in excruciating pain, living on codeine and walking like a carthorse.

You could see how much | was suffering and on 17th August 2015 you gave me a new hip and a new lease of life. For that | will be eternally grateful.

Sport has always been a massive part of my life. There were and still are so many things | want to achieve. | was determined that having a hip replacement at 49 was not going to stop me enjoying a full life and so | hatched my post op recovery plan.

Post-surgery and with the help of my amazing NHS physio | began my journey. She often shook her head at my proposals but supported me none the less.

This book is a record of that journey to the current day. | was urged to put this together for you by those around me who have watched in disbelief as | have rebuilt my strength and stamina and pushed myself from challenge to challenge.

I hope that you enjoy this account and that it may help others to realise that Total Hip Replacement surgery is an amazingly positive thing and doesn’t need to restrict your lifestyle.

A huge thank you to you and your team from the bottom of my overworked heart.

- Diane Weaver

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