Lady Gaga's Golden Wheelchair: Life Imitating Art?

Five years before needing a wheelchair following hip surgery, Gaga rolled in one in the 'Paparazzi' video.

Be careful what you wish for, or dream up.

Years before she was forced to commission a 24-karat gold-plated wheelchair
 following hip surgery,Lady Gaga was already indulging a fetish for medical equipment in some of her early videos.

In the 2009 "Vertigo"-tribute "Paparazzi"
 video, Gaga is tossed off a balcony by her lover and, in the next scene, is shown wearing a blinged-out designer neck brace. A dancer then carries her out of her limo and deposits her in, let's be honest, a pretty boring, standard wheelchair.

Pretty soon, the neck brace comes off and Gaga slips into something a bit more uncomfortable in the form of a metal bustier and matching helmet, and hobbles down the purple carpet on a pair of crutches.

Talk about life imitating art!

Your complete style guide to Gaga's gilded wheelchair.

Along with her jones for ankle-breaking high heels, before she actually needed a surgeon's attention, Mother Monster made it clear that she also has a thing for hospitals, nurses and all things medical-related.

Remember 2011's "Marry the Night"
 video? That nearly 14-minute epic opens with patient Gaga, wearing a hospital gown and white stilettos, being wheeled on a gurney through the halls of what looks like a sanitarium. She ends up in a surgical theater outfitted with a white upright piano, where the nurse who delivered her as a baby assures Gaga that everything is going to be okay.

In that clip, though, she seemed more concerned about being a star than with her back injury or the stern warning about "no intimacy" for two weeks.