Advice for my mum who has Parkinsons and needs a hip operation please



My mum was diagnosed with Parkinsons in 2003.  I have just got her to join this forum too (her user name is Sunshine123 if you want to get in touch with her).

She is 72 and on top of Parkinsons has recently been diagnosed as having brittle done disease.  She has a broken pelvis in two places and her ankle has swollen too.  She is in a lot of pain and cannot walk or stand up fully. 

She has been to see the doctor who has advised that she could have a hip operation but that this would  not happen on the national health until September.

This is clearly not satisfactory as the current situation is so debilitating and my mum is unable to move freely without considerable pain.  She has been advised that in order to do the operation privately, she would need to pay £11,000. 

Does anyone know if this operation can be brought forward in any way due to the fact that she has Parkinsons on top of the broken pelvis or are there any benefits that can be claimed to bring the cost of doing this privately down to a reasonable amount?

Any help/ advice that you can give is much appreciated as right now, no-one seems to be prioritising this as urgent, which it clearly is.

Please advise.  Thanks


Hi Redshoe......i have just welcomed your Mum and hope she gets some help very soon, this is terrible for her she must be in such awful pain, i cannot understand why she has to wait until September. What does her PD consultant say? as you say she should get priority, poor love. I am sure someone on this forum will have some ideas on how to help your Mum.

I had 3 fractures in my Pelvis 24 years ago as a result of being hit by a taxi abroad and the pain was unbearable....and at that time i didn't have Parkinsons to deal with. 

I am so sorry.....please send her warmest wishes

regards Dolly



Hi Redshoe

I had a right hip replacement in Feb this year and fortunately I had Private health cover. Has your mother been to see an Orthopaedic specialist about her hip or was it just her G.P. that has diagnosed her.  It may be worth paying privately to get an OS to see her and I am sure they would not make her wait as long a Sept when she is obviously in so much pain.  It would initially cost between £200- £250 to see someone.

My daughter who has back problems did this and was having her op on the NHS within 2 weeks.

I really hope your mum gets the help that she so obviously needs as soon as possible. I have only recently been diagnosed as having Parkinsons's but I suspect I have had it for many years.

Kind regards Jiddyoo



Hi I was wondering if your mum has had her hip surgery yet, and if so how she got on ?