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Surgery all done yesterday. It went great and I've been chilling at home since yesterday afternoon. I'm absolutely thrilled with the ice machine I rented. It seems to be keeping the bruising/ swelling well under control.
 

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Hello @AftermarketPart . Welcome to recovery!
I'm glad things are going well for you .

I've moved your post from the May Marvels team thread, since that's not a place where people chat to each other, and I've used it to start a recovery thread for you.

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Here's some reading to help you with your recovery:
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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:welome: Welcome to recovery and congrats on your new hip. It sounds like you’re off to a good start and enjoying your ice machine. Good news! I hope between rest, meds and ice, your pain continues to be manageable. Stay in touch, we’d love to support and cheer you on as you begin healing.
A peaceful evening to you!
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Thanks! Doing great. I just have a little bit of swelling and no real pain. I'm taking the occasional Tylenol (plus all the anti-inflammatories, Aspirin etc). I can get around pretty well with a walker and I've mastered the art of getting those compression socks on. Only real discomfort is my quad which feels a bit like it has been kicked by a horse - quite possibly because that leg was lengthened by a fair bit. But the best bit is that I don't have all that background noise worrying about the operation.
 

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Thanks for the update.

I've mastered the art of getting those compression socks on.
That is some feat! Don’t really understand how you’re doing that. Please share.
But the best bit is that I don't have all that background noise worrying about the operation
I couldn’t agree more! I felt like I was on a high post op just ridding my mind of the negative thoughts that took up residence.

A belated Happy One Month Anniversary! It was nice to hear from you...I hope you have a lovely weekend. :SUNsmile:
 
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@Layla no big secret for the socks - I use one of those sock helper thingies to stretch them out before sliding my feet in. Apparently the nurses use the cardboard they come with. In any case it no longer feels like I'm wrestling with them. It does also really help that I do not have any bending restrictions.
 
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Well this is a bit unexpected. I graduated from my walker to a cane yesterday - and today I can walk around the house without either - stairs and all. Just took two Tylenol this morning and have been icing a bit. Anterior approach for the win!
 
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@AftermarketPart Sounds like you are doing very well. Being able to walking unassisted really has nothing to do with the approach used. It's all about how you react to surgery and your surgeon's skill. Please don't feel you need to rush anything in your recovery. Listen to that new hip.
 
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@AftermarketPart It's all about how you react to surgery and your surgeon's skill. Please don't feel you need to rush anything in your recovery. Listen to that new hip.
I did find a really great surgeon (who apart from being technically really skilled, put up with all my pre-surgery terror with incredible patience and kindness). I'm not rushing anything - just taking it easy - just I was not expecting to get around that well yet. :)
 
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I'm starting to feel like quite the fraud. Some lovely friends brought food round for me the other day - and I surprised them at the door (down a couple of flights of stairs). They weren't expecting me to be terribly mobile at all. :) In fact I've been easily walking a mile or so all week and have been doing quite a bit around the house. I don't want to do toooo much as I've just started training the hubs to cook ;-) No Pain, no pain meds, no devices, and really mobile less than two weeks in. Now I just need to grow some bone.
 

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