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    Just saw on my pre-op paperwork several questions regarding whether the patient has been out of the country in the 30 days prior to the surgery. I live in the US but will have been in France, Germany and Switzerland in the 30 days prior to surgery. On a Viking Rhine River cruise plus on our own in Paris and Zurich. My pre-op appointment is the week before surgery. Do these questions focus on specific areas of the world? Might being on vacation in Europe postpone the date of my surgery? I’m scheduled for May 31st.
     
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    Not sure about postponement but super jealous of your travels:) :-) (:
     
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    Those questions seem to have become standard--even my doctor's office asks them during routine visits. The big concern is whether you have been in an area where you might have been exposed to infectious diseases (malaria, for one) that might be incubating. It's unlikely a river cruise in Europe (wonderful!) would put you at risk.
     
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    A vacation in Europe should not impact your surgery date. Worry not!
     
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    I had a business trip in Europe the week before my surgery, and I don't remember even getting a question about travel, etc. during my pre-op. I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    I would be surprised if it would impact your surgery date, although I would certainly verify that with your surgeon's office. The last thing you want is a surprise as you're showing up for the big day.
     
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    Saw my surgeon yesterday for last visit prior to surgery and he didn’t see a problem with a European visit. Phew.
     
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    Glad all is a go!
    May 31 is the date then? Which hip, Buster? We will add it to your signature.
    Yay for getting rid of that horrible hip pain.:yes!:
     
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    While we were in Europe, our condo sold! We had taken it off the market as my surgery was coming up but the realtor didn’t take the lockbox off the door. A realtor from another company accidentally showed our condo instead of one on the other floor and the buyer from the Bahamas offered us cash. My surgery is next week and we will have to move out in a month so my husband will be busy. Life is crazy.
     
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    We sold and moved (downsized from a big house to less than half the size) just before my surgery....hectic isn't the word, but it did take my mind off the op.....good luck, be careful not to overdo it and have the icepacks handy!
     
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    I moved house 4 weeks post RTHR. All the packing kept me busy so I wasn't thinking about surgery. It's a doable - just avoid lifting and pushing anything heavy. And hire movers to do the heavy work.
     
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    Good to know it can be done. Will do some packing this rainy weekend. Surgery is next Thursday.
     
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    When it rains it pours. A new hip and home at the same time.
    It will all work out and you'll feel like a champ and a new woman!
    We'll be here for the journey....so stay in touch.
    Warm holiday wishes to you!
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    Hey! I believe we met on the TKR side! Glad to hear you went on your trip! Hope it was wonderful!
    Your luck is working overtime! Will be following your progress as I am right behind you on June 12.....after a week at the beach with Grands! Here's hoping our trip is not affected by the weather!
     
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    @Thesoutherncook. So good to hear from you but not that we’re both replaceable again! Good luck with your beach trip before your surgery. We live in Cocoa Beach, FL so we’re rolling up our flood pants. Best wishes with your new hip.
     
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    Is it normal for your hip (and referred pain to the knee) to stop hurting a few days just before your surgery? After dealing with terrible pain for over 2-1/2 years, neither one really hurts and I’m starting to second guess myself. All I have is an aching in my groin and hip. In fact the knee hasn’t had that tremendous stabbing pain since the Baker’s cyst ruptured. Surgery is Thursday morning. Wish I would start hurting more again as sick as that sounds.
     
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    Heard others bemoan the same situation...don't think it is going to get better miraculously.
    You could try walking up a 40 degree incline for twenty minutes...or driving two hours in a car with bucket seats...
    But seriously, I'm glad you've got a reprieve but if your hip is shot, it will be nice that you aren't having horrid pain and lack of sleep prior to surgery, so you will be healthy and quick to recover maybe.
     
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    It's behaving itself to try to fool you into giving it a reprieve - Don't be fooled! ;)
     
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    Think our hips have a mind of their own....when we don't want them to hurt, they do (with a vengeance) and when we want them to hurt (to rubber stamp our decision to operate) they go quiet and make us second guess....I'm doing that right now! Think if you've had pain previously, it's not gone away, it's just biding its time :bawl:
     
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    I've heard both in my days here so far.
    Some maintain pain ramps up and they're so thankful surgery is scheduled.
    Others, like you, start second guessing because pain seems to have let up.
    I was middle of the road. Limped and had limited mobility and flexibility but not excruciating pain.

    Wishing you peace and comfort as you move toward tomorrow....your big day.
    Start your recovery thread today if you have time. We'll be waiting for you on the flip side.
    Hugs to you.
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