How will my war pension , damaged hips, be affected if I have hip replacement.

#1
Hi,

first of all this is my first post so hi to all members.

My question, above, has been nagging me for some time. I'm in my early sixties and have retired. Would my war pension be reduced because my condition would have improved or not?

Also are war pensions for life?

Thanks in advance.
 
#6
The simple answer is if your condition changes you have to inform the Veteran's agency. You will be subject to another medical and if the % of disabilty has changed , so will your pension. The other side, which hopefully won't happen to you, is that the operation may make things worse. Either way it may affect your pension. Phone your already assigned Veteran's Welfare Officer for advice.
If you don't know who your VWO is call the Veterans Welfare Centre's free helpline on 0800 169 2277
 
#8
What percentage are you on now and what does your own doctor say will be the improvement in your condition after the op?

Oh and war pensions are paid until you snuff it, nothing for dependents/widows etc after you're gone.
 
#9
What percentage are you on now and what does your own doctor say will be the improvement in your condition after the op?

Oh and war pensions are paid until you snuff it, nothing for dependents/widows etc after you're gone.
Unless the death is attributable to the condition for which the War Pension is paid.
 
#10
Unless the death is attributable to the condition for which the War Pension is paid.
Yep sorry, forgot about that bit. Extremely unlikely to happen in my case so I tend to forget that bit..
 
#12
Thanks, I'm on 20% at the moment and if the op goes well then I should be a lot better.
I've put the op off for as long as possible because in reality hip replacements only last for about 8 years if you are moderately active.
Incidently there is a new hip replacement procedure which is light years ahead in advancement and long term lastability called 'hip resurfacing' which I hope to have.
 
#14
Thanks Geordie,

I wonder was that because the outcome of the new hips was bad or the medical board class having artificial hips is grounds for greater disability.

I hope your friend was capable of having the new type of hip replacement called 'HIP RESURFACING' which are far better in most cases than the traditional hip replacement.

For the benefit of readers who may need hip replacement now or in the future please, please read up about hip resurfacing and get your self with a hip resurfacing consultant . There are some consultants who would have you believe that a conventional hip op is sufficient but the new hip surfacing is light years ahead in most cases although there are some people who will not be suitable for hip resurfacing but only a minor proportion. With hip resurfacing, the ball of the femur is retained and capped, not sawn off and then a metal spike driven down ones femur as with the traditional op. Resurfacing has been on the go for some 13 years and they are lasting very well with little failures so far and they feel natural and one can continue to do most sports with them including judo and rock climing although running is not advised.
 
#16
Thanks, I'm on 20% at the moment and if the op goes well then I should be a lot better.
I've put the op off for as long as possible because in reality hip replacements only last for about 8 years if you are moderately active.
Incidently there is a new hip replacement procedure which is light years ahead in advancement and long term lastability called 'hip resurfacing' which I hope to have.
Whoever told you about the longevity of Hip Replacements,is talking absolute bollocks,my first one lasted 20+ years.

Had it done just before my 22 was up,due to abusing it doing all those adventurous things you do in the Army,along with playing most sports,they ummed and aahed about doing it until my nice Solicitor pointed out that they had 'kick me out' in roughly the same condition I joined up in,otherwise it would cost them lots of money (which was the option I wanted),they did the sums,and I got it done March 87 at the QEMH in Woolwich,the only thing I was advised not to do was play 'contact' sports.

21 years later I had a revision (they replaced the cup),I still go to the gym 3 times a week,walk,and cycle as normal,get it done,the difference is fantastic,and I know the pain you are in, it's instant relief after the Op.
 
#18
Whoever told you about the longevity of Hip Replacements,is talking absolute bollocks,my first one lasted 20+ years.

Had it done just before my 22 was up,due to abusing it doing all those adventurous things you do in the Army,along with playing most sports,they ummed and aahed about doing it until my nice Solicitor pointed out that they had 'kick me out' in roughly the same condition I joined up in,otherwise it would cost them lots of money (which was the option I wanted),they did the sums,and I got it done March 87 at the QEMH in Woolwich,the only thing I was advised not to do was play 'contact' sports.

21 years later I had a revision (they replaced the cup),I still go to the gym 3 times a week,walk,and cycle as normal,get it done,the difference is fantastic,and I know the pain you are in, it's instant relief after the Op.
Hi, Thanks for your that and I hope you get another 20 years as well. I'm seeing a resurfacing consultant at newcastle at the end of this month and want to have it done now.
 
#19
Clegcam is right - the difference is fantastic.

But you should think very carefully about resurfacing as an option at your age. My other half (similar age to you) was all for it until he talked to his Consultant - bones get old apparently. The recovery time is also much longer - 6 weeks on crutches as opposed to a full hip replacement where you should be using only a stick by the 7 day point.

He had his replacement last year, one of the new ceramic ones, and he's expecting it to see him out. He was driving 3 weeks and 6 days after the op and back to the Gym for moderate exercise at the same time. Back to golf after 12 weeks and cleared for skiing after 6 months. And no pain.

Good luck in Newcastle. Ask lots of questions.
 
#20
Clegcam is right - the difference is fantastic.

But you should think very carefully about resurfacing as an option at your age. My other half (similar age to you) was all for it until he talked to his Consultant - bones get old apparently. The recovery time is also much longer - 6 weeks on crutches as opposed to a full hip replacement where you should be using only a stick by the 7 day point.

He had his replacement last year, one of the new ceramic ones, and he's expecting it to see him out. He was driving 3 weeks and 6 days after the op and back to the Gym for moderate exercise at the same time. Back to golf after 12 weeks and cleared for skiing after 6 months. And no pain.

Good luck in Newcastle. Ask lots of questions.
Constantine, Hope all goes well for your other half, it is quite a major op and you need to be happy with your choice of consultant. Ftom what I've read, hip resurfacing normally gives quicker re cuperation times but don't want to debate this here.
Here is a good site to find out about hip resurfacing for those who want to explore..type in google...SURFACEHIPPY.
Hip Resurfacing Surgeons list featuring types of hip devices used, training, office information and website information. List by geographical location.
 

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