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LTHR date!
Just accepted 14 June date for my left hip, so finally on the verge of joining the double hippie club. Can’t wait to get through this (hopefully final) surgery and get on the recovery side to regaining my life.
I’m happy with my right hip, even if more strengthening and stretching is still needed to regain more ROM and stamina. I’m ready for the left hip and so very glad that it’s being done before I get the level of pain and reduced mobility that I endured with the right one.

Best wishes to everyone here, wherever you are on your own journey!
 

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:yay: Well done on getting that surgery date. Not a long wait either!

You will love the feeling of having both hips done and dusted!
 

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Congrats! It will be so nice to have the both surgeries behind you. I can’t imagine concentrating on a recovery only to have your non op hip ailing. Not long now until, Righty, has a brand new matching partner. Woohoo!
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Hey there...Happy Friday!
Wishing you comfort as you await Monday. Let us know how you’re doing post op once you’re resting comfortably at home. We’ll be here ready to cheer you on as you recover from your latest surgery. All the best to you! :)
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Will be thinking of you and looking for you again on the Healing Side!
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Hope all went well....double hippy pal.
Healing vibes coming your way:friends:
 
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Post LTHR update:
I had a minimally invasive posterior for my left hip, as expected, from a different consultant, but at the same private hospital as last time, under the UK NHS. I’m not sure I fully understand the subtle differences between the two surgeries, but my new consultant did explain the surgical incision is considerably shorter. Might the size of the prosthetic components be smaller also, to go through a smaller incision, I wonder? My consultant said everything had gone well when he checked the post op X-ray, but I’ve not seen it yet. I’m hoping I might get to when I have my 2 week wound check, or at the proper 6 week follow up.
The only significant difference I’m noticing this time is that the immediate post op swelling was much less pronounced, and with little if any visible bruising (I bruise easily!). Pain was slightly less and I have less stiffness, and I have also retained more muscular strength to manoeuvre the leg as needed. I ditched the walker within half a day and was using the crutches and easily “graduated” physio to satisfy the hospital to discharge me on day 3 - just as with my first hip. Wether this is because my left leg was stronger than my right, with better ROM still etc. I don’t really know.
Now I’m back home I would say this initial few days generally feels slightly easier. There was no struggling to get my pain under control in hospital as there had been with my right hip and I’ve been sent home with different pain meds which are less heavy weight than I needed first time. I’m better at keeping on top of the meds and ahead of the pain, but I’m noticing that my right leg is less strong and it sometimes catches me out when manoeuvring with and without crutches, so the operated leg is probably having to do more work - I just hope this doesn’t aggravate angry tissues more and slow down the initial recovery period.
Final observation for now- bruising is beginning to show, but much less pronounced and widespread, but swelling is definitely significantly less pronounced; I just hope this remains the case.
Thanks for all your support and encouragement in this great community, and best wishes to all.
Alex
 

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Hi @Alexrd
Great to see you on the Healing Side again.
Might the size of the prosthetic components be smaller also, to go through a smaller incision, I wonder?
No. I had anterior minimally invasive procedure and "minimally invasive" was still pretty invasive. :heehee:

The approach seeks to minimize soft tissue damage to cut down on post op trauma.
Sounds like you are already seeing some benefits.

Just please remember that though this can be helpful for short term improvements that long term recovery is the same, so don't get crazy on us.:) :-) (:
Going to leave recovery guidelines below for refresher.
Stay cool.:ice:
 

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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 to these pages on the website


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 a 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 history before providing advice.
 

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@AxeAndExtraFox :wave: Happy to see you on the healing side and it sounds like you're off to a great start. Definitely remember to take it slow and easy.
 

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Congrats on your new hip! It’s good to read you’re noticing improvement with this recovery over your last. Hopefully with meds, ice and rest you’ll remain comfortably mobile as you begin the healing journey. Will be following your recovery. :wave:
Happy Saturday!
@Alexrd
 

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