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THR 4+ weeks post-op

Harkin5

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I had THR on May 10th. Surprised on how well I feel. Not fully recovered obviously, but am surprised on how well I can walk (with a cane). My strength isn't totally back but am glad to graduate from a walker to a cane.
My wife is my nurse, cook, best friend, etc... I feel lucky to have her working from home to take of me. I am looking forward to driving again. Hopefully I will get cleared at my 6 week appointment. Not sure when I will be able to work again. I do factory work with heavy lifting.
I appreciate this forum reading . It has answered some questions before I did this post.
 

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Hello @Harkin5 - and :welome:

Thank you for telling us your surgery date.

It sounds as if you're doing well.

We usually recommend taking about 10-12 weeks off work and then doing a Phased return to work , if possible. With a physically demanding job, sometimes it's necessary to take a few more weeks.

Here are our recovery guidelines - lots of helpful and informative articles:
Hip Recovery: The Guidelines

People are all different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for YOU.“ Your doctor(s), physiotherapist(s) and BoneSmart are here to help, but YOU are the final judge as to the recovery approach you choose.

1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary.

2. Control discomfort:
rest
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you​
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​

4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these

5. Try to follow this

6. Access these pages on the website


Pain management and the pain chart
Healing: how long does it take?
Chart representation of THR recovery

Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
Energy drain for THRs
Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key
Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

While members may create as many threads as they like in the majority of BoneSmart’s forums, we ask that each member have only One Recovery Thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
 

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:wave:Hello @Harkin5
Welcome to BoneSmart. Thanks for joining us.
Just noticed you had your surgery one month ago to date.
Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a nice weekend.
 

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