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  1. fpondg

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    Have an appointment Tuesday with my hip doctor. I’ve had various hip injections with varied results. He’s been after me for years to do bilateral on my hips. He does the anterior approach using robotic. I am not convinced that it really is my hips. I have back problems that I inherited from the military. Question one, is a hip arthrogram worth doing? I live alone and I’ve been avoiding this hip surgery for years. Any advice on surgery post op and living alone?
    Any advice would be most appreciative thank you.
     
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    Welcome to BoneSmart, glad you joined us!!

    You will notice I have moved your thread from the Post op forum to the pre op forum, you will receive more answers and support in pre op. Most members in post op check out the pre op threads and will be able to advise.

    Many of our members live alone and do well at home.
    Home alone: Patients Living Alone Can Safely Recover at Home after TJA

    If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:
    Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
    Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
    Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?
    Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?
    Score chart: how bad is my arthritic hip/knee

    And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced hip, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:
    Stories of amazing hip recoveries

    Why do they want to do an arthrogram?
    You should be able to see arthritis on an x ray.
     
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    Thank you so much Ma'am. I’ve had so many operations in the military and civilian life, Just thinking about another operation just gives me cold sweats, thanks again
     
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    It took me a year to convince my docs that it was my hip and not my back that was causing my pain. I will tag @Mojo333 she had bilateral surgery and can help you in that area. I wish you all the best and thank you for your service!
     
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    No worries :heehee:, if you have a x ray A few tips on posting xrays , our forum Nurse Director @Josephine can take a look and give you her opinion.
    Most of us were nervous and scared going into joint replacement, and rightly so, it is a major surgery. We find out it isn't a bad as we had imagined after surgery. Our imaginations seem to get the best of us, building things out of proportion.
    I agree you need to rule out your back before proceeding with a THR.
     
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    Hi @fpondg .:wave:
    I can imagine you are anxious about bilateral surgery, AND they did every conceivable test over two years to rule out back issues before I got the diagnosis of bad hips.
    First, the Hip pain and 80% of the horrid things that it brought were immediately gone! The first weeks were hard, and I needed some help although I was mobile from the second day...
    Seriously slow, but able to get around on a walker.
    I would say by 6 weeks out, I was considerably better and the next months were all about walking straight and tall for the first time in years and reminding myself to take it easy.
    Your OS must think you are a good candidate for bilateral?
    What are your main concerns?
    My life has been changed dramatically as I was in constant pain and couldn't sleep before BTHR.
    Now I'd say I'm 95% good, thankfully.
     
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    My bad hip was diagnosed as back issues for years. It finally collapsed and 6 months later I had it replaced. If your surgeon agrees to bilateral THR - go for it. One surgery and one recovery.

    And many of us were alone during our recovery. If you have a friend or neighbour who can drop by to check on you during the first few days that would be great. But you can recover just fine on your own. You will be fully mobile when you leave the hospital.
     
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    Thanks Migge

    I have to play the cards that were given to me. Have two boys but it’s a hassle to go see dad. My best friend is living in New York, So I’m totally alone on this. If I can do what one needs to do in daily routines, I’ll be fine.

    I have two little for buddies with me and they depend on me. I would have to feed and water them which would entail bending I don’t know if that will be good or not.

    I’m just panicking about the whole deal. I’m afraid that they do the hip operation and I’m still going to be in pain.

    I have one of these Tempur-pedic mattresses that want to swallow you and you need basically a crane to get out of bed. Maybe I’m just not ready for all of this

    How did they convince you that it was your hip and not your back? What did they used to figure out where the pain was coming from?
     
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    Hi @fpondg
    In reading through your thread I'm wondering a few things -
    1) What is your pain level and how is it affecting activities of daily living?
    2) What are your x-rays showing? OA? If so, to what degree?

    Will look forward to any advice Josephine has to offer. I noticed Pumpkln tagged her for you.
    Hope you have a good visit with your doctor on Tuesday. Keep us posted!
     
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    Layla, pain is always around 7-8, X-rays day Arthritic changes. Everybody talks about hip pain being inside around the groin area, it seems to me, that the majority of my pain is on the outside.

    I was thinking that it might be trochanteric bursitis. My symptoms are I’ll be walking and all of a sudden my hips will seize up bilaterally. If I stand there without walking the pain will kind of subside enough for me to continue walking.

    Once in a while I’ll get the groin pain especially if I’m sitting for prolonged periods. I also have pain in my lumbar-sacral area and it seems in my sciatic nerve irritation on both sides.

    My hip doctor is constantly after me to do the surgery. I have had various hip injections that really didn’t do that much until my last one. I have been off of my oxycodone

    It seems that the message was cut off at the end. It was kind of long drawn anyway.
     
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    Actually no, an arthrogram isn't worth doing. An MRI might though. But mostly an xray will tell a good surgeon all he needs to know.
    You don't trust your doctor? Or is that the anxiety working?
    Because often it IS the hip that causes the pain.
    My dear friend, NO WAY is that a picture of Trochanteric bursitis!
    You need a little anatomy lesson - the area that contains bad back issues and hip issues is actually quite small, about the size of your clenched fist. And the sciatic nerve actually runs very close to the hip joint. So inflammation in the hip can ape back pain and back pain can ape hip pain. Have a look at this

    sciatic nerve 1.jpg
     
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    Thanks for the info Josephine! I’ll find out tomorrow what the plan is
     
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    Hi pumpkin, dumb question. How do I put a photo on where others have there faces etc
     
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    My X-rays are on cd and my lap top says it can’t read it
     
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    Congrats Mojo, I hope ill fair like you. Tomorrow I see the man to discuss everything. Through the threads that everybody has been sending me I’ve got some pretty good questions to ask him especially when they send me home when I’m alone.
     
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    Thanks Jaycey. How did you put the picture next to your handle?
     
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    @fpondg,
    No need to quote posts, you can just scoot down to the bottom of the page and start typing in the box to the right of your avatar.
     
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    Good luck today. Xrays confirmed my hips were bad and they just get worse. They had my back, my side, my shin, my foot, my whole body hurting! I didn't sleep at night for the last two years before my surgery. Laying down was worse than standing...I was two months shy of turning 54. Didn't seem possible they could need replacing.
    I was completely turning into a limping tired old lady though.
    There were some struggles as I recovered, I won't lie...but an nearly one year out and don't regret it for a single moment.
    Only you know if you are ready for this, but it certainly has given me my life back.
     
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