Lara Spencer, co-host of “Good Morning America,” got hip replacement surgery at age 47 after suffering chronic pain for a long time.
Spencer said she was “terrified” and “embarrassed” about needing a new hip because less than 10% of hip replacement surgery is done on people under age 50.
“I’m terrified,” Lara said on “Good Morning America” (see video).
“It was embarrassing to share, but then I realized there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. I have a genetic predisposition to this, but if you’re athletic and you move, it’s happening younger and younger.”
Spencer, who underwent the surgery Aug. 13, has always been athletic and fit, so she was shocked when she learned she needed hip replacement at such a young age.
“In my head I’m 27, so I really waited for a long time before I did anything about it, or told anybody, because it sounds like it’s an old person’s problem,” said Lara.
“I just couldn’t believe it. This is not easy, but I think it’s really important to deal with whatever issue comes your way.”
Spencer wanted to share her story to encourage others who are experiencing chronic pain to seek treatment.
“I just want to say anybody out there who suffers with chronic pain, I feel you,” said Lara, author of I Brake For Yard Sales.
“It takes over your life. It affects you emotionally, mentally, physically. You can’t sleep. It’s gnawing at you all the time.”
Lara Spencer, who divorced husband David Haffenreffer in 2015, has two children: Son Duff and daughter Katharine.
Looking back, Lara wishes she had taken care of her hip problem sooner instead of ignoring it for so long.
“What I wish I would have done is just taken care of this sooner and spoken up,” said Spencer, the author of Flea Market Fabulous.
Lara continued: “If you don’t talk about it, you can’t fix it, so I’m happy if I can save one person from not having to go through the pain.”