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THR 4th Right Hip Surgery on Thursday

SummerSun

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Hi Everyone! I am feeling extremely nervous about my 4th surgery on my right hip in 7 years this Thursday.

The initial hip replacement 7 years ago resulted in my leg being an inch longer (apparent) and a subsequent revision surgery 3 months later.
Fast forward to 5 years later, the stem was causing so much pain that I needed crutches to walk. My new Ortho doc said the stem was to big and ridged for my femur. The fix was a cadaver bone grafted to my thigh. I have to say that the solution worked perfectly despite being the most horrifically painful surgery I have ever experienced! Apparently when you lift the muscle that has been happily attached to the femur bone forever, it really ticks it off. So, for the last 6 months, I have been having intermittent pain.
It happened when I was sitting on a hard surface or at an angle on a machine at the gym. It felt like a tendon was slipping out of place and over the hardware. I couldn’t move my leg and it hurt, but when I stood up, I was able to get back to normal.
The doctor said, there is not a tendon anywhere around the hip that could cause what I was feeling. So, after hip manipulation under anesthesia (thank God), I was told that I was experiencing a partial dislocation. The surgery this week is to put in a larger head and my leg will be longer than the other one.

Needless to say, I am at the end of my rope on dealing with my hips and am hoping for a positive outcome to keep me ambulating for years to come! As an aside, my right hip has also been replaced and revised once.

That’s my story so - Hello fellow Feisties!!
 
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@SummerSun
Your hip has been through so much, sending you positive thoughts for your upcoming revision on Thursday.
See you on the other side later in the week.

Here is. a copy of the Hip Recovery Guidelines to help you prepare for your surgery, the articles are short and will not take long to read.

Hip Recovery: The Guidelines
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. At week 4 and after you should 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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Wow. What a tortuous journey you have had. I can relate to that “sliding tendon” sensation under the same circumstances. Not fun. Hopefully, this time will be the charm for you. Wishing you an uneventful surgery and on to the healing recovery side. Blessings.
 

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Hello @SummerSun
Wishing you lots of comfort and perfect healing as you begin your recovery today.
You've been through a lot. We hope to be able to support you on the bright side once you’re resting comfortably at home. Will look forward to your first update on the Hip Recovery forum soon. :wave:
 

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You are a really courageous lady. All the best with your surgery today and positive thoughts with your recovery. Please keep us posted with your recovery. All the best. We are all here for you.
 

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