- 17 Famous People Who’ve Had Joint Replacements
- Celebrities Who’ve Had a Hip Replacement
- Celebrities Who’ve Had a Knee Replacement
- People in their 20s are now getting hip replacements
- Glute strength
- Why Athletes May Need Hip Replacements
- How Did Lady Gaga Hurt Her Hip?
- Lady Gaga Hip Injury Effects
- Gaga’s Hope For The Future
- Lady Gaga gets graphic about hip surgery
- Lady Gaga: Too Young for Hip Surgery?
- Lady Gaga opens up about her chronic hip pain in new interview
- A-Rod, Gaga joined at hips
- Sex, hip and knee replacement talk with Jane Fonda
17 Famous People Who’ve Had Joint Replacements
This post was co-authored by Grace McClure and Dr. Nicholas Frisch, M.D., OS, MBA.
When you’ve got a scheduled hip or knee replacement you may find comfort, even inspiration, for your upcoming surgery in unlikely places. Believing that there’s strength in numbers, why not share a list of familiar faces that have undergone hip or total knee replacements?
Here is a list of notable celebrities who have undergone the same procedure that you may be preparing for, recovering from, or considering as a long-term solution to joint pain.
Dr. Frisch adds, “Famous people get arthritis just like everyone else. The diagnosis and treatment is the same as anyone else with degenerative arthritis and may involve joint replacement surgery. As a surgeon it can be challenging managing public figures simply because they are just that…in the public. As such, their recovery is not just witnessed by them and their families, but millions of others. Regardless of this, the technical aspects of the surgery and the recovery protocols don’t change”.
Celebrities Who’ve Had a Hip Replacement
The legendary “Piano Man” had a bilateral (double) total hip replacement (THR) in 2010. In an interview with Howard Stern, he joked, “I got a double hip replacement, and now I’m twice as hip as I used to be.“ Billy Joel cited the cause of his hip problems as years of bouncing around on stage. Taking a 3 year hiatus due to hip pain, Joel took the plunge so he could hit the stage again pain-free.
George and Barbara Bush
Both former President George W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush have undergone hip replacement surgery. The former first lady had her hip done in 1997 at age 72 at the Mayo Clinic Rochester in Minnesota. Former President Bush underwent his hip replacement in 2000 at age 76 at the same hospital. George Bush also had a partial knee replacement (PKR) in 2014.
The spandexed workout VHS goddess and actress has been no stranger to elective surgeries. In fact, Miss Fonda also makes the cut for our “famous people with knee replacements” list. She underwent a total hip replacement in 2005, just a few short months after her outpatient knee replacement.
In 2003 at age 73, the man behind songs like “Georgia on my Mind” and “Hit the Road Jack”, had a total hip replacement. In a statement released by Ray Charles following the procedure he said, “I feel terrific and am so thankful to the good Lord that all is going well for me.” Charles elected to have a hip replacement with the aim of being able to go on tour. Sadly, he passed away the next year from acute liver disease.
Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen, who’s better known as the frontman of Van Halen, had his hip replaced in 1999 after living with chronic pain and reduced mobility for a few years. Clocking in at age 61 today, Van Halen underwent the procedure at just 44 years young. The surgery was to nip his avascular necrosis (a condition causing bone death and decay) in the bud. By all accounts, Van Halen’s 17-year-old replacement is still kicking it.
In keeping with the rockstar/hip replacement theme, we have frontman of Journey (original voice behind the karaoke classic, Don’t Stop Believin’ is), Steve Perry. With complications from a hiking accident and the diagnoses of a degenerative bone condition in 1996, Perry was on the fast-track to hip replacementville. Initially, Perry was unwilling to undergo the procedure and therefore could not tour. Given an ultimatum: get a replacement or let us hire a new lead singer, Perry quit Journey for good. Perry eventually had a hip replacement in 1998.
The soulful hitmaker underwent a secret hip replacement in 2011 at the age of 61. Stating that he suffered from both hip and knee pain, he went on record telling of his hip replacement and even called himself “bionic”. How cool is that? He also said that the hip is better than ever and touring has been great.”
Hollywood’s leading lady, Katharine Hepburn earned 12 Oscar nominations and acted alongside entertainment’s finest throughout her lengthy career. In 1974, at age 67 Katharine underwent a secret hip replacement. Less than a year after her replacement, she acted alongside John Wayne in Rooster Cogburn…on horseback.
Hollywood icon, Elizabeth Taylor, was in a league of her own in many ways and her lifetime total number of hip replacements is no different. Unfortunately for Taylor, she underwent three total hip replacement surgeries—first on her left hip in early 1994, then on her right in 1995 and then a final corrective surgery some years later.
Funny man, Steve Carell may have starred in 40 Year-Old Virgin, but he is no virgin to hip replacement surgery. In 2013, a 51-year-old Steve Carell underwent a total hip replacement. The hip replacement was done as a long-term solution to manage decade-long pain from a hockey injury.
The Terminator’s hip was officially terminated in 2002 when he underwent a hip replacement. The former California governor and actor made a speedy recovery, filming the third Terminator film shortly after surgery. He was 55 at the time of his replacement.
Celebrities Who’ve Had a Knee Replacement
In 2009 Michael Douglas, best known for his role in Fatal Attraction, underwent a total knee replacement (TKR). In true like-father-like-son fashion, Michael Douglas’ equally famous father, Kirk Douglas also had a knee replacement. How are the knees boys?
In 2013, Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith told Rolling Stone, “my knee is giving out”, saying that he had undergone ACL reconstructions. Later that year, at age 65 Tyler took the plunge and underwent a total knee replacement. Soon after, the “Dream On” singer was performing on stage and is currently headed on a solo tour.
Best known for the mega hit “I Will Survive”, the disco and soul singer has proven she is a survivor. Beginning in the early 2000’s, Gloria Gaynor found it difficult to move around on stage while on tour, saying “I started feeling uncomfortable all the time”. To combat her severe osteoarthritis and pain, she had a knee replacement in 2009 at age 60.
Liza Minnelli is no stranger to joint replacement surgery. Having received a previous hip replacement (or two, as reports suggest), she also had a knee replacement in 2009 at age 64. It seems years worth of stage time can take its toll!
Nancy Sinatra, daughter of the most famous crooner of all time, has been no stranger to the stage herself. Known for her hit song, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’”, Nancy Sinatra underwent a knee replacement in 2015 at age 74, so she could keep on walking.
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Dr. Nicholas Frisch, M.D., OS, MBA is an award-winning orthopedic surgeon based out of Rochester, Michigan. He focuses on minimally invasive joint replacement surgery and complex revisions. Dr. Frisch completed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and his Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Frisch is has won Orthopedics Best Clinical Article Award, the AAHKS Healthcare Policy Fellowship, Outstanding Resident Award Henry Ford Hospital, the Ford Motor Co. Connected Health Challenge, and more.
People in their 20s are now getting hip replacements
Still, many still think of the operation as something only meant for older folks who slip and fall in the nursing home. When “Good Morning America” co-host Lara Spencer, a former college athlete and avid tennis player and runner —admitted to having the surgery last year, at age 47 — she say she wanted to stop the “stigma.” She told People: “This isn’t an old person’s problem. It’s an active person’s problem.”
‘It’s not acceptable to say ‘We’re going to delay a hip replacement until you’re old enough.’
Another misconception about the procedure is that it requires a lengthy hospital stay. The surgery is less invasive than it used be, with surgeons making small incisions and sometimes going through the muscle instead of cutting it. It can often be performed with just an epidural instead of general anesthesia, and some patients are able to leave the hospital on the same day.
If you are experiencing hip issues, no matter what your age, be open to the idea of a replacement or other hip-saving procedures, says Dr. Robert Buly, a surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Symptoms of a hip problem include sharp pain in the groin, upper thigh and knee, and can often be quite debilitating.
“The difference between getting the surgery or not getting the surgery isn’t life or death, like getting a tumor removed. But sometimes you wish it would kill you because the pain is so terrible,” Buly says. “It may not be a life or death operation, but it’s a big quality of life operation.”
Here’s a look at three New Yorkers — from ages 26 to 80 — who are bouncing back after hip replacements.
Couldn’t crouch with her kindergarteners
Caitlin O’Rourke, 26
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O’Rourke, a teacher in the Rockaways, was born with hip dysplasia, meaning her hip socket was underdeveloped. As she grew, doctors continually had to operate, at one point removing a part of her thigh bone to create even length in her legs. Despite the 11 surgeries she had before the age of 5, the pain was mounting as she passed into adulthood.
She used to be unable to sit down on the floor with her kindergarten class or walk more than a block without pain. “I couldn’t even put my foot up on a bench to tie a shoe,” she says.
‘If I knew someone my age and they were in the kind of pain I was in, I would tell them to do the surgery.’
By the time she checked in for her first hip replacement at the Hospital for Special Surgery last December, O’Rourke says there was barely any cartilage left. Still, she was hesitant to have the procedure.
“I was terrified of how it would go, but looking back, if I knew someone my age and they were in the kind of pain I was in, I would tell them to do the surgery,” she says. “I was too young to be walking the way I was.”
After the swelling from the surgery went down, she experienced immediate relief from the pain she had gotten so used to, she says.
She had her other hip operated on in June. Her only problem now is that few people believe her when she tells them about her hip operation. On a recent visit to the Statue of Liberty, the titanium rod in her hip set off the metal detector. She tried to explain that even people as young as her are getting hip replacements now.
“I don’t think the guard believed me when I said it,” she says with a laugh.
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Can’t wait to dance at his wedding
Deon Thomas, 38
In junior high school, Thomas was voted “best dancer” by his classmates. But in recent years, the pain from rheumatoid arthritis made it difficult to do the most fulfilling part of his job as a guidance counselor in The Bronx: take high-schoolers on walking tours of prospective colleges.
In 2015, he got his first hip replacement on his right side. It was a posterior hip replacement, in which surgeons perform the operation from behind the hip.
The recovery was agonizing, he says. So, in November, when he went in to replace the other side of his hip at Lenox Hospital, he got an anterior hip replacement, which is performed from the front of the upper thigh. That surgery was more successful: Within a couple of days, he was walking without pain, using a walker for assistance.
“After the surgery, I was crying tears of joy,” Thomas says. “I finally don’t feel pain, and it’s been such a long time since I didn’t have pain.”
Now, he’s looking forward to getting married to his fiancée, who is helping him recover following the operation. They don’t have a date for the occasion, but they know one thing: “We’re definitely gonna dance.”
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Leads by example at 80 — at the ballet barre
Finis Jhung, 80
Jhung had the surgery because he wanted to keep working. The octogenarian was once a member of the San Francisco Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and a principal dancer for the Harkness Ballet, and he now teaches five days a week at the Ailey Extension on the Upper West Side. But decades of constant repetitive motions weren’t doing his hip arthritis any favors. Eventually, the pain made it impossible to demonstrate ballet moves to his students.
In August, he had a total hip replacement at the NYU Langone Hip Center, and was home from surgery that night. For about 30 minutes a day in the weeks following surgery, he did physical therapy exercises like sit squats, step-ups on a 4-inch riser, and 30-second balances on one foot. He’s determined to get back to demonstrating ballet moves to his students.
“When I could do a waltz, which is really my favorite step of all, then I knew I was really getting back,” he says, boasting that he was able to do so after just 67 days.
Jhung, whose memoir “Ballet for Life” is out this month, says he owes his speedy recovery to his already ballet-strong legs — and his commitment to teaching.
“The reason I had it is so I could do more,” he says, “because I have no intention of stopping.”
Want to strengthen your hips and relieve joint pain? Focus on your bum.
“A lot of people end up having pretty weak glutes,” says Marla Ranieri, doctor of physical therapy and director of business development at BetterPT. The gluteus muscles support the hip bones and control how the hips move, but modern life (think sitting at a desk for eight hours at a time) often works to weaken these important muscles, leading to an uneven gait and other issues.
To strengthen and stretch the butt and hips, try incorporating these moves into your workout routine.
Side plank with sideline raises
1. Lie on your right side, with bottom knee bent behind for support, and bottom forearm firmly on the ground.
2. With hips and shoulders in line and stacked toward the ceiling, lift hips off the ground to form a straight line from knees to head — your legs will form a roughly 30-degree angle with the floor. Lift top leg parallel to the ground, then back down, keeping hips high.
3. Repeat for three sets of 10, then switch sides.
1. Lie on your right side, with hips in line with shoulders and stacked toward the ceiling. Knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle. If desired, loop a light resistance band above your knees.
2. Keeping feet together, contract the glutes to open your top knee up to the ceiling, then lower to touch.
3. Repeat for three sets of 10, then switch sides.
1. Lie on your back, with knees bent toward the ceiling, feet firmly on the ground, and hands extended toward feet.
2. Lift hips up to form a straight line from shoulders to knees. Focus on opening through the hips, rather than arching the back.
3. Slowly lower hips back to ground. Repeat for three sets of 10.
Single leg balance
1. Stand with feet slightly apart and knees loosely bent.
2. With a resistance band tied above the knees, lift the left leg out to the side (keeping hips even) and hold for 30 seconds.
3. Bring foot back to floor and switch sides. Repeat three times.
Why Athletes May Need Hip Replacements
In recent years, the number of hip replacements performed in the US has been skyrocketing. A research study demonstrated that the numbers more than doubled from 138,700 to 310,000 over a 10-year period, with the highest increase (205%) being in the 45 to 54 year old age group. Surgeons say that even athletes in their 20s and 30s are sometimes opting for hip replacements.
Football All Star Bo Jackson, wrestler Hulk Hogan, professional bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, and Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton are just a few of the iconic names in sports that have undergone hip replacements. Here are a few reasons why many professional athletes may eventually need hip replacements:
With advances in implant material, design, and surgical technique, many athletes are finding a new lease on life after undergoing hip replacements. Recent statistics regarding hip resurfacing, which is a relatively new surgical procedure, are also quite encouraging. In a study of 117 patients, 87% could return to their sporting activity (including high impact sports such as soccer, tennis, and squash) after having undergone hip resurfacing. In another study of 40 runners, 33 could resume the activity after hip resurfacing, some even at competitive levels.
If hip pain and stiffness has been hampering your performance and you have tried conservative treatments without much success, you might be a candidate for a hip replacement.
- No Pain, No Gain: Due to the highly competitive and lucrative nature of modern sports, athletes often push their muscles and joints to the limit and beyond. Not surprisingly, the hip joint, which supports the weight of the entire body, does get its fair share of abuse on the playing field. The wear and tear of the hip joint in sports such as basketball and football is much greater today than ever before. Athletes often are often tempted and encouraged to “play through the pain”, risking irreversible hip injury that can only be treated with replacement.
- Biomechanical (Dis)advantage: The hip is a very sturdy joint that is protected and stabilized by a complex network of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Due to the complexity of the hip joint and its surrounding structures, about 30% of hip injuries go undiagnosed. Hence, conditions such as muscle strains, labral tears, trochanteric bursitis, and hip impingement may progress to the point of causing severe biomechanical imbalances in the joint, necessitating replacement of the hip.
- High Impact Activity: The simple act of jogging or running can increase the load on the hip each time your foot strikes the ground to almost 5 times your body weight, and stumbling can increase the load to 7 times your body weight. Repeated loading over long periods of time during training or playing on the field results in microtrauma and ultimately degeneration of the joint.
- Longer Life Expectancy: As human beings are living longer with more active lives (50 is the new 30), it is only natural that athletes are have longer careers. This does, however, mean an increased likelihood of hip replacement being needed in the mature athlete. While an athlete should not expect to have the same performance level with a hip replacement as with the original hip, many sports such as hiking, cross-country skiing, swimming, and cycling can be performed after hip replacement without limitation.
Dr. Domb is a nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, shoulder and knee. A noted pioneer in advanced new techniques in hip arthroscopy, he delivers innovative treatments for patients with hip injuries such as impingement and labral tears. Dr. Domb is also an expert in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, adept in specialized techniques including arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and all-inside ACL reconstruction.
“My whole life revolved around training and competing. Yet I was having to take so much pain medication just to get through the day and to get any sleep. “Then to be told that I needed a hip replacement and that I may only be able to run a couple of miles after that was just devastating.”
Father-of-one Michael was referred to leading orthopaedic surgeon Kerry Acton at the Royal Surrey County Hospital who used a new type of implant called the Furlong Evolution which was designed and manufactured by British company JRI Orthopaedics.
The firm was the first in the world to develop a special ceramic coating on hip replacements, a synthetic version of the natural mineral present in bones. This means that the implants bond biologically with the patient’s own bone, making them more likely to last longer than traditional hip implants made of metal.
Two weeks after surgery Mike was cycling on a static bike and swimming. Three months later he beat 105 competitors to win the Dorney Lake SuperSprint Triathlon.
Since then Mike has gone on to represent Team GB in European and world championship duathlons, winning a silver medal in his age group at the 2015 world event in Adelaide.
“Although my long distance running career was over, the new hip has enabled me to compete in multi-sport events such as sprint duathlons and triathlons at a very high level which has just been amazing,” he says.
Are these celebrities “hip”? You be the judge. The one thing the do have in common is that they are all famous, and they have all had hip replacement surgery. Your hip strength and overall health may be something we all take advantage of, and hip problems are easy enough to ignore until it’s too late. If you’re experiencing overwhelming hip pain that doesn’t go away with a walker or cain, maybe you should take a note from these celebrities and look into hip replacement surgery for yourself.
It’s amazing that some of these stars went so long without having hip surgery, as many of them have careers that require that they are mobile. Some of these celebs might just surprise you- hip replacement isn’t just for the ancient, after all. If you decide that hip replacement is right for you after reading this list, ask your local medical provider if you can set up a meeting with a doctor! But don’t forget, many people have had hip pain go away completely without surgery, simply by putting in an hour of yoga or other stretches in per day.
How Did Lady Gaga Hurt Her Hip?
Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga began her career at just 19. By the age of 22, Gaga had two breakthrough albums, The Fame and The Fame Monster, which positioned her for global stardom.
Gaga kicked off the Born This Way Ball tour in 2012, her first huge undertaking. It was during a show at Scheiße Live Montreal in 2013 that Gaga injured her hip while performing ArtPop.
She discusses the challenges of being a woman in pop music, saying it was common for male mentors and producers to assert ownership of her career and her body, overworking her and ultimately allowing her fame to envelope her health.
Gaga was forced to cancel the remaining tour dates after sustaining a hip fracture. In true Gaga fashion, she spent recovery getting around in a 24-karat gold wheelchair. She refused to let the hip surgery dampen her work ethic or her penchant for the fabulous.
Lady Gaga Hip Injury Effects
After five years, Gaga is still experiencing severe pain from fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder that manifests as widespread muscle pain and tenderness.
People suffering from fibromyalgia often have their symptoms overlooked or disregarded. Often labeled as “invisible pain,” it’s difficult for doctors to pinpoint the cause. In the film, with tears dripping from her face, Gaga awaits an MRI. She receives trigger point injections while sharing that past physicians have given her few treatment options other than a daily dose of Advil.
Writhing in pain, Gaga refers to the experience as the part of herself she didn’t want to face. She deals with tension in the abdomen, shoulder, neck, muscles, and intestines, as it shoots through her entire body, from her toes to her face.
Though the problems originated after her hip surgery, the trauma or injury creates full body spasms affecting her overall health. Gaga wonders how other people deal with such a debilitating illness if they lack financial and moral support.
“What the hell would I do if I didn’t have everybody to help me?”
She constantly feels her hip throughout the film and grows anxious about not being able to perform. She wonders whether she can even get pregnant, but continues to exercise. She continues to push on. Rarely has fibromyalgia been placed under such a microscope.
Gaga’s Hope For The Future
At times, Lady Gaga tries to perform and can’t. She recently canceled her Rock in Rio tour due to pain and inflammation. Despite taking a long list of medications, stretching, exercising and getting acupuncture, her hip hurts every single day.
For many individuals with hip injuries, doing even the simplest tasks can seem impossible. The allover physical pain and mental anguish becomes overwhelming.
In the extremely candid and vulnerable narrative of this documentary, Gaga is inspired to push herself through the pain for the music and the fans. She also stresses the importance of family when confronting such serious health issues. Hip injuries may affect daily activities, but having that fundamental support makes all the difference.
“You bring your past with you, but you also have to leave it behind,” she says.
Just this week she reassured her fans, or “little monsters,” on Instagram by posting a photo of herself in a recording studio with the caption, “Slowly coming back to life.” She captioned another photo, “Tough girl on the mend.” Her desire to persist is a genuine testament to the devotion and drive she has for her craft and her fans. May she long continue to create interesting spaces in the pop world and beyond.
Gaga will continue to create interesting spaces in the pop world and beyond while inspiring others with hip injuries and hip replacements to never lose hope for a better future.
Lady Gaga gets graphic about hip surgery
Lady Gaga has been quiet for months. Now it looks like we’ll be hearing from her every day until her new single, Applause, arrives on Aug. 19. And maybe until ARTPOP, her new album, drops on Nov. 11.
More: Does the cover deserve ‘Applause?’
In a new interview with WWD, she discusses the hip surgery that waylaid her and put her out of the public eye, starting in February.
“My injury was actually a lot worse than just a labral tear,” says Gaga, 27.
“I had broken my hip. Nobody knew, and I haven’t even told the fans yet. But when we got all the MRIs finished before I went to surgery there were giant craters, a hole in my hip the size of a quarter, and the cartilage was just hanging out the other side of my hip.”
Ouch. We need to stop for a minute and digest that.
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She continues, “I had a tear on the inside of my joint and a huge breakage. The surgeon told me that if I had done another show I might have needed a full hip replacement. I would have been out at least a year, maybe longer.”
Being sidelined was something new to the star. She hasn’t gone without performing for more than two weeks since she was 14 years old, says WWD.
But she used the down time for rehab and to regroup.
“I had six months to beef up my brain and my body. I got to put a giant white or black sheet of paint over my whole canvas and I got to review ARTPOP again. I was given the time to really be creative because it’s a gazing process, it really is. I have to gaze into the work for long periods of time for it to be good.”
Lady Gaga: Too Young for Hip Surgery?
Backing out of prior commitments for serious health reasons makes sense for an 85-year-old pope, but not 26-year-old Lady Gaga.
Admitting on Twitter recently to having hidden a concert injury for a long time, the Grammy-awarding winning singer just announced that she needs to cancel the rest of her “Born This Way Ball” tour (more than a dozen shows) to undergo surgery for a labral tear of the right hip caused from repetitive stress.
“The hip joint is a ball and socket with a very large range of motion,” says Steven F. Harwin, M.D., chief of adult reconstruction and total joint replacement of the hip and knee at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. “With strenuous physical activity, the ball can separate slightly from the socket and catch the labrum in between, resulting in a tear.” Gaga also suffers from synovitis, severe inflammations of the hip joint lining.
While common in older people suffering from arthritis, young men and women are susceptible to this type of damage too, especially if they engage in high-level sports (up to 22 percent of athletes with groin pain have a labral tear, reports WebMD) and strenuous physical activities, Dr. Harwin warns. Perhaps all those crazy-intense dance sequences in sky-high heels finally caught up with Gaga, and hardcore training sessions for the tour surely hasn’t helped.
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While Dr. Harwin says a labral tear can sometimes be treated with rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy, as well as lifestyle modifications, Gaga may be turning to surgery if the pop diva has already tried everything.
“I’ve been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for sometime now,” Gaga wrote on her Twitterfeed on February 12. “Over the past month it has worsened. I’ve been praying it would heal.”
Recovery from this type of arthroscopic surgery-where a telescope is placed inside the hip along with small instruments to remove or repair the tear-is fairly quick, Dr. Harwin says. She may only need crutches for a few days, followed by a cane. Physical therapy will take the longest time, 12 weeks or more, so Gaga may be sidelined until early summer.
- By Cristina Goyanes
The hip injury that forced Lady Gaga to cancel the remainder of her Born This Way Ball shows is serious business.
After undergoing additional tests Wednesday morning, Gaga announced that she needs surgery for a “labral tear of the right hip,” an injury that is not uncommon for very active people her age, according to Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City.
“Athletes who are doing twisting sports or rotating their hips out a lot, like hockey goalies, ,” said Colvin, who is not treating Gaga, but has treated similar injuries. “It could be from repeated twisting and turning from dancing. She’s like an athlete, but she sings.”
Colvin said this injury is one you typically see in people Gaga’s age (26), and given the physically demanding nature of the singer’s live show it is not surprising she could have this kind of problem.
Gaga first alerted her Little Monsters to the issue plaguing her following a performance in Montreal on Monday night. “I’ve been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for sometime now,” she wrote on Twitter. “Over the last month it has worsened. I’ve been praying it would heal.”
But after enduring pain during the Montreal show, she said, “I hid it from my staff, I didn’t want to disappoint my amazing fans. However after last nights performance I could not walk and still can’t.”
Read some get-well wishes from Little Monsters.
Dr. Colvin explained that the hip joint is like a ball in a cup and while the bones themselves are covered with cartilage, the rim of the cup is lined by a collagen lining called the labrum. Given what she has read about Gaga’s injury, Colvin said it sounded like the singer has likely tried the first line of defense against the pain of a labrum tear, which typically involves physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and possibly a cortisone shot in the hip.
“Some do have pain relief with that, but it doesn’t heal the tear,” said Colvin. “If you still have pain and you’re active it can prevent you from doing stuff. The fact that she’s having surgery probably means she’s done all the other things you would normally try to calm the pain.”
Asked if Gaga’s preference for tall, often unwieldy footwear could have caused weakness or made her more prone to injury, Colvin doubted it. “She’s probably used to it by now,” she said. “If it was someone who didn’t know how to walk in them or whose body was not used to them it could cause an injury, but her body has probably adapted.”
As for what kind of surgery Mother Monster’s facing, Colvin said the procedure is done arthroscopically, with a small camera inserted into the affected area to look at the damage, followed by other tools that either sew the labrum back down to the bone or trim the area around the tear.
Depending on the extent of the damage, Colvin said a patient is typically on crutches for two to four weeks, and then can be back performing within three-to-six months depending on how the physical therapy goes. The good news is that given her age and athleticism, Colvin suspected a successful surgery means that Gaga should be able to bounce back with no problem.
Lady Gaga opens up about her chronic hip pain in new interview
Lady Gaga has opened up about her problems with chronic hip pain in a new interview with Arthritis Magazine.
The artist has previously discussed her problems with the pain after she was forced to cancel live dates on the ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour in 2013 in order to have surgery on a broken hip.
Gaga will soon grace the cover of Arthritis Magazine to discuss how she manages the condition. As reported by Idolator, the as-yet-unreleased issue sees Gaga declaring that “hip pain can’t stop me”, with the cover feature in question set to discuss her “career-threatening injury and why she’ll never ignore joint pain again.”
See Gaga’s cover, as well as images of the feature itself, below.
@ladygaga @gagadaily Thank you so much for telling your story. I have osteo & psoriasiatic arthritis. You are a true angel! 💞💞 pic.twitter.com/whje0Fiyn3
— Kim Evans (@kimevans4037) March 29, 2017
Lady Gaga’s cover story for Arthritis Magazine. pic.twitter.com/2yPanAmwKS
— Vinny (Amazing Grace) | Gaga ✨ (@GovnHooker) March 29, 2017
Back in November, Gaga posted an image of her being treated by doctors on Instagram as she discussed her chronic pain.
“Having a frustrating day with chronic pain, but I find myself feeling so blessed to have such strong intelligent female doctors,” she wrote. “I think about Joanne too and her strength and the day gets a little easier. Plus I got @wanaynay by my side. “Hey Girl, we can make it easy if we lift each other.”
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Having a frustrating day with chronic pain, but I find myself feeling so blessed to have such strong intelligent female doctors. I think about Joanne too and her strength and the day gets a little easier. Plus I got @wanaynay by my side. “Hey Girl, we can make it easy if we lift each other.” 🌸
Earlier this month, the BBC was criticised for omitting LGBT lyrics from a performance of Gaga’s single ‘Born This Way’ in an episode of Let’s Sing & Dance.
A-Rod, Gaga joined at hips
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Injured pop star Lady Gaga went into hip surgery this week with reassurance from Yankee Alex Rodriguez, who is recovering from the same medical procedure, Page Six has exclusively learned.
Gaga underwent surgery Wednesday to repair the bum hip that’s forced her to cancel the remainder of her world tour, which will reportedly result in up to $30 million in refunds.
We’ve learned that Gaga and A-Rod share the same top surgeon, Dr. Bryan Kelly, at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, and were spotted simultaneously arriving at his Manhattan office this week. “Alex was at Dr. Kelly’s office for a follow-up, while Gaga was preparing for surgery,” said a source close to the singer. “It’s natural for anyone to be nervous ahead of this type of surgery, especially as a performer or athlete under tremendous pressure to make a quick recovery and be back at peak performance . . . Gaga was anxious, but Alex talked to her for a while and was able to reassure her.”
The singer, 26, later tweeted she was heading into surgery to treat a labral tear of her right hip, the same injury suffered by A-Rod on his left hip.
No date has been set for Gaga to return to performing, and her management said she would need “strict downtime.” In a post to her fans, she called the setback “a bump in the road,” and explained, “I’ve been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for sometime now.” She added that the injury got so bad she “could not walk.”
As a result, Gaga’s had to cancel dozens of concerts on her Born This Way Ball tour, which raked in $161.4 million last year. She was scheduled to play 22 more dates through March 20.
Meanwhile Rodriguez, 37, is expected to be out till midseason after his Jan. 16 surgery. “I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates,” Rodriguez told The Post Thursday through a spokesman. “I think we have a great team, and I want to be a part of it.”
Reps for Gaga and Rodriguez didn’t get back to us last night.
“One day she went out for a run, and her doctor saw her,” says Beardsley. “He cut her off. The next visit to that doctor was her last.”
But medical perspectives—and the technologies associated with joint replacements—continue to evolve. Artificial-joint materials have vastly improved. More tools are being built to facilitate implant installation, and surgery-assisting robots are in development. Increasingly confident experts and doctors give joint-replacement patients like Beardsley more say in their post-op fates.
(Photo: Courtesy of Dick Beardsley)
“There are patients that can do certain things and have done it most of their lives,” says Matthew Heinrich, an orthopedist based in Austin, Texas, who replaced both of Beardsley’s knees and has performed similar work for skiers and barefoot waterskiers who have also returned to their sports. “The whole point of joint-replacement surgery is to get your patients out again.”
Beardsley, who qualified for the 1980 and 1988 U.S. Olympic marathon trials, tied for first at the 1981 London Marathon and finished a close second to running legend Alberto Salazar at the 1982 Boston Marathon, nowadays misses only two consecutive days of running if he’s sick. He still jumps into the occasional half marathon, like last April’s RunBentonville in Arkansas.
“Under two hours,” says Beardsley. “I was pretty tickled.”
Of course, the argument can be made that Beardsley is an absolute double-knee-replacement outlier. He’s still trim (138 pounds) and is endowed with decades’ worth of running musculature, as well as a clean stride. The stereotypical image of a joint-replacement candidate, on the other hand, is often someone who carries too much weight and has little or zero fitness.
Then there’s the fact that running is hard on your joints, artificial or not. Heinrich says that even as a lean-machine joint-replacement host, Beardsley faces uncertainties. His running might shorten what could otherwise be his joints’ 15- or 20-year life spans. “He’s willing to accept the risk that he might need to have his plastic changed out,” says Heinrich.
Beardsley, who calculates that he’s run more than 150,000 miles during his lifetime, can tolerate the notion of going back under the knife—even if surgery success rates decrease upon subsequent joint-replacement procedures. Like so many of us, Beardsley lives to enjoy some sweat and a cool breeze while he lopes along.
“I still get butterflies before I race,” says Beardsley. “I cherish every step that I can take.”
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Sex, hip and knee replacement talk with Jane Fonda
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LOS ANGELES—Times sure have changed. A talk with Jane Fonda, who was a big-haired, pouty-lipped sex kitten in the 1960s (when it was common to call some women as “sex kittens”), now covers sex for mature people and, almost in the same breath, hip and knee replacement surgeries.
At 80, the two-time Oscar winner is still her candid, articulate self. The fitness guru, who was known as the Queen of the Exercise Video at the height of the aerobics workout craze, has stayed slim. Her well-known posture was evident as she sat, poised and ramrod straight, in this recent interview at W Westwood Hotel.
But she revealed her health challenges. “This is a fake knee,” Jane said as she pointed at her left knee. “I got a new boyfriend right after I had my new knee.”
“Hip replacements are easy, especially today,” she added. “See, this hip was replaced and they went on the side, which meant they cut through a lot of muscle. That meant for a few months you can’t lean over.
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“But I’m having this done in November. In a month, I’ll be walking a mile. Much more complicated is the knee replacement.”
“Do I have a lover right now?” the actress repeated aloud a question. The multiple Golden Globe winner’s previous partners or husbands include record producer Richard Perry, media mogul Ted Turner, the late politician Tom Hayden, the late French director Roger Vadim and actor Donald Sutherland. The latter came with her when she showed up at UP Diliman campus in 1971 and joined student activists in protesting the Vietnam War.
“No, I don’t , not for a year,” Jane said. “I think I’m done. I’m 80, thank you.”
“Book Club,” which stars Jane, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen (both 72) and Mary Steenburgen, 65, is a refreshing, enjoyable comedy which portrays these talented women as friends and their relationship adventures with men.
Jane Fonda in “Book Club”
On the depiction of mature women in cinema, Jane said, “Older women are the fastest growing demographic group in the world. We live on average five years longer than men. So the marketplace, of which cinema and television are part of, is beginning to realize this is an important market.
“Then there’s the women’s movement, the Time’s Up and the #MeToo movements. There’s a lot going on in the zeitgeist that is encouraging us to think about the fact that women’s narratives have been left out of the equation. We’re going to see more and more of that and it will include older women having sex because a lot of older women do.”
Speaking of sex for seniors, Jane reminded us, “I wrote a book about it.” And that was “Prime Time: Love, health, sex, fitness, friendship, spirit.”
“It wasn’t just about sex,” she clarified. “I interviewed people well into their 90s, actually even a couple older than 100…
“When you’re older, sex is different, especially when the man is also older. You lose certain things like spontaneity. It’s not so easy to say, ‘Let’s just jump into the bed’ and do it because there are pills to be taken and shots. There are other things that have to go on first.
“But that can also be made very erotic and sexy. You have to plan things out. But for women, it can be much better because we know our bodies better. We’re not as afraid to ask for what we want. So, sex when you’re older can be better for women.”
Jane obliged on how she first met Don Johnson, who plays Arthur, an old flame who returns to her character Vivian’s life in “Book Club.” “I think in 1971. I started an antiwar organization called Entertainment Industry for Peace and Justice. We would meet down on Sunset Boulevard. There’s a place called Crossroads of the World. We had an office there and Don Johnson showed up. We were all like, ‘Whoa, he’s cute (laughs)!’ But it was pretty clear he was there to look for girls.
“By the time he became a star, I was married to Tom Hayden and I wasn’t working that much. But I would see him from time to time. And Melanie Griffith is a friend of mine. But then a few years ago, I saw a movie (‘Alex of Venice’) that the actor Chris Messina directed, that Don was in and I was blown away.
“First of all, I think Don is handsomer now than when he was young but also, he has depth. There was a
depth that I hadn’t known was there. So when this movie ‘Book Club,’ came along, I said to Bill Holderman (director), I’d love to have Don play my love interest.”
“I created a whole backstory for my character Vivian that explained why she was so afraid of being hurt by a man,” she remarked. “And yes, it’s something that I relate to very much. I’ve been married three times.”
As for working with Diane, Candice (“Candy” to friends) and Mary, Jane said their camaraderie onscreen was genuine. “When you go into a movie like this, you worry that there’s going to be one, two or more divas because actors can be very difficult. It was such a joy to discover none of them were. We all were just regular folks. We loved hanging out together.
“I’m sure you’ve heard ad nauseam that when the shots were over, we’d go to the garage. That was our green room. We’d spend time together in the garage. We just learned so much about each other. It was really fun.”
Jane described what a gathering of old and new friends would be like in her own living room. “Everybody’s drinking. Mary is drinking tequila, I’m drinking vodka, Diane is drinking red wine on ice … and Candy is drinking divine white wine, probably. I have other friends who are sober. And depending on who the friends are, we’ll be talking usually about politics, usually activism.
“The women in the movie with me, Candy, Diane and Mary are new friends so we’re still getting to know
“All my friends are younger than me but the ones that I’ve known longer are all activists. We usually talk about what we’re doing, where are we organizing, where are we putting our energy on. But the best part is there’s a particular laughter when women friends get together that comes from really deep. It’s cleansing. You can laugh with men but it’s not the same.”
Definitely, a copy of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which figures prominently in the movie’s book club conversation, is not on Jane’s living room table. “‘Histoire d’O’ maybe but not ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’” she said with a grin.
Of her time spent in France with her first husband, Roger Vadim, she shared, “I did not really understand what it meant to be an American until I lived in another country. I wish every member of the American Congress would be forced to live in another country so they could see reality. It also helps us see how young we are as a country, the value of a culture being old.
“The French people love their older women. That was always nice to see (laughs). I learned a lot about being a woman, love and being an American when I lived there. France is like my second home.”
This octogenarian, still a passionate activist, does not buy the “70 is the new 40” saying. “I wouldn’t want to be 40 again for anything,” Jane declared. “If you’re a woman, you’re probably going through perimenopause and things are pretty miserable. I hated 40.
“But we’re staying healthy longer because we’re knowing more what to do to be healthy. And so we are living longer. As those words come out of my mouth, I’m so aware of the people who are not living longer—poor people, people of color, white working class people … We’re very privileged.
“But I thought it was very important to make this movie that shows older people who are vibrant, still alive … and still with very deep friendships. Friendships are critical. The friendship part of it was the most important part for me.”
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Now a growing number of experts are asking if all these operations are really necessary, especially those done at younger ages. Are all prospective patients giving lesser remedies a fair trial? How many knee replacements result from unrealistic patient expectations or the subtle influence of monetary gain among surgeons who perform them?
One recent study conducted by Daniel L. Riddle, a physical therapist at Virginia Commonwealth University, and two medical colleagues, for example, examined information from 205 patients who underwent total knee replacements. Fewer than half — 44 percent — fulfilled the criteria for “appropriate,” and 34.3 percent were considered “inappropriate,” with the rest classified as “inconclusive.”
Although patients with less severe pain and loss of function may still benefit from replacement surgery, the researchers suggested that their gains are likely to be smaller. “What this study does show is that the cost associated with these small changes is very high,” Dr. Riddle said. “People who are on the very severe end of the spectrum of pain and functional loss have a lot more gain to make.”
In a multicenter study reported last year of 4,498 people with arthritic knees and a second study of 2,907 people with arthritis, improvements in the quality of patients’ lives following knee replacement surgery were less than had been previously reported. Dr. Bart Ferket of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and co-authors stated that those with the worst functional status initially had the most to gain from surgery and made the operation economically more justifiable.
“The key issue is selecting those patients most likely to benefit from surgery,” Dr. Ferket said in an interview. “At the moment, this is not optimal. Up to 20 percent of patients are not satisfied with the outcome of surgery.”
Dr. Steven Teutsch of the U.C.L.A. Center for Health Advancement said it’s important for “patients to have a clear understanding of the benefits and harms of knee replacement surgery because recovery from it is no picnic. A significant number of these procedures can be avoided or delayed.” Still, he added in an interview, “this is an elective procedure that can be extremely valuable in the right person at the right time.”
A detailed discussion with the doctor should precede a decision about surgery, “and the decision should be a shared one,” Dr. Teutsch said.
So what should be tried before deciding to go under the knife? Most important are weight loss (if needed) to reduce stress on arthritic knees and exercises or physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support these vulnerable joints and improve range of motion. One or more injections of a gel of hyaluronic acid directly into the knee joint to lubricate it can relieve pain in some patients for up to six months. Or injections of corticosteroids, which reduce inflammation, can provide more immediate relief, although these injections cannot be repeated too often lest they further damage the joint.