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Gardener Russ tells young joint sufferers 'Don't live with the pain'

17 April 2017

Everything in the garden is rosy for Russ Phillips who is back at work just weeks after having a full hip replacement.

At just 43-years-old landscape gardener Russ was worried that, despite almost constant pain, he might be too young to be considered for hip replacement surgery.

But as he prepares for the busiest time of his working year Russ, who lives in Knowle with partner Louise and five-year-old daughter Emily, is now telling people in similar circumstances that they don’t have to live with the pain until the ‘feel they are old enough for the operation’.

He explained: “Like many people I thought I was too young for a new hip but the pain was affecting my quality of life to such an extent I knew I had to get something done.”

Russ met with consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Habib Rahman at Spire Parkway Hospital, Solihull, Birmingham, who convinced him that pain rather than age should dictate when a person is ready for surgery.

“I was having trouble sleeping, I could hardly bend down to put my shoes and socks on and work was becoming almost impossible,” said Russ. “Worse still I couldn’t play with my daughter Emily – she’s very energetic and I struggled to keep up with her!”

But just six weeks after the operation former motocross enthusiast Russ was back at work – first on small ‘tidy up’ jobs but now in full swing with spade, fork and wheelbarrow.

He said: “People had told me I was too young and that if I had a replacement hip I would wear it out and have to have another fitted. However, I chose to live for today – if I need another hip in years to come then so be it – at the moment I am just enjoying being pain free and able to do the things I love.”

Mr Rahman, who specialises in hip and knee surgery added: “People should not worry about modern-day replacement hips wearing out – they will last a long time – and if you are lucky enough to ‘outlive’ a replacement joint then there is nothing to stop you having another one.

“When your hip or knee is affecting your quality of life then that is the time to act. Stop telling yourself you are too young. If your joint is stopping you from doing the things you want to do then that is the right age for a replacement.”

Russ back at work in the garden with help from his daughter, following hip surgery at SPire Parkway private hospital, Solihull, Birmingham

Russ back at work in the garden with help from his five-year-old daughter Emily Rose, following hip replacement surgery with Mr Habib Rahman at Spire Parkway private hospital Solihull, Birmingham.

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