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[THR] beachlily'srecovery thread

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by beachlily, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. beachlily

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    Surgery is tomorrow. I’m already thinking ahead to recovery. Any helpful hints-dos-don’t s much appreciated. Thanks!
     
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  2. Layla

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    My best advice is don't fear recovery. I did fear it. I feared it all, surgery, recovery, Day 3-4 that people warn about. Didn't happen. You've been through it before, so you have an idea. Nothing is as bad, painful or difficult as I imagined it would be. I think you'll do great.
    Following are the Recovery Guidelines - great informative articles that are beneficial to Recovery.

    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 discomfo
    rest
    elevate
    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

    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 a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask the at each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice. @beachlily
     
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  3. Layla

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    Oh...and ice, ice, ice :ice: lil miracle worker....at least in my opinion.
     
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  4. beachlily

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    Thanks so much! Yes I remember ice being a good “ friend “:)
     
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  5. Mojo333

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    Left message in your other thread.
    You will be fine :yes: and all the temporary recovery business will be that...temporary.
    So flow with it...and know you are going to improve your life!
    Healing hugs in advance!:roseshwr:
     
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  6. Fit4Family

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    Hugs and happy healing! Sleep is the best medicine. Every time I’m hurting, I’ve found a nap to be the most restorative. Hope you have a speedy recovery. ❤️
     
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  7. beachlily

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    It’s done! Im a bionic hipster. I’m in post op now . Waiting to eat.
     
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  8. SE Florida

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    Fantastic for you, all done! I agree, sleep and lots & lots of ice!
     
  9. beachlily

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    Thanks. Using crutches! Did stairs. Had lunch. So far so good! Waiting to hear from Sarahbee and the rest of our crew :)
     
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    Seeing how chipper you sound is calming my nerves. I am so pleased that you sound so well and on top of it all. Sending you a hug. x
     
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    Well done!! I hope you get plenty of rest and can relax now its over. The nurse told me the first night that its hard to sleep as you're full of adrenaline but as long as you aren't in any pain I'm sure you'll be fine :)

    Now its time to recover!!
     
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    Glad to know you are on the healing side.
    Relax and rest and ice it up if you can!
    Hugs:friends:
     
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    Congratulations @beachlily Are you home yet??

    I have been a sleepy face this afternoon. Have walk with weight bearing. Slight ache but oh, so much better

    So worth it!
     
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  14. SE Florida

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    Isn't it amazing to wake up without that gnawing pain?! It will soon be a distant memory. Now you can get your life back, so happy for you!
     
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  15. beachlily

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    I’m exhausted too Didnt sleep last night and was here 5:30 am. Glad it’s over and I’m not in pain but I am SO tired. Not discharged yet because they want to give me IV antibiotic before I go on the 90 minute car ride home. Other than that aren’t we lucky hipsters:))
     
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    Congrats @beachlily It's nice to see your post.
    Safe travels home. Will look forward to hearing from you when you're resting comfortably at home.
    I hope you get some sleep tonight. :yawn: :sleep:
     
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    Hang in there, girly girl. Be home soon. I wish you a quiet and content evening
     
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    Hope you are home and settling in.
    First days can be a bit jarring after the initial euphoria of "I made it...it's done" wears off.
    Review your recovery guidelines...stay ahead of the pain and keep that ice going!:ice:
    All temporary.
     
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    So happy to know you're home now
    Well done!
     
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    Wishing you a safe journey home, if you haven’t already done it I’d suggest at least one stop to stretch if possible. It sounds like you are doing really well, take it easy and you’ll soon be feeling better and better.
     
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