KIMI99 - the primary issue is to hire a surgeon with experience, integrity and one that answers any questions you have and the ones you didn't think to ask. Trust in the surgeon has a lot to do with peace of mind when you are rolled into the OR.
Good Morning BellaMac,I emphatically told this surgeon I wanted ceramic and polyethylene parts - not metal/titanium. I said my husband has researched (he has a doctorate in anatomy) and ceramic and polyethylene is what I should have.. Dr. James Rubano said ok. He installed titanium today!
If you need the medications, take them as prescribed.The combo Doc prescribed is to be taken together, in the morning and at night works very well. If I am in still in pain, I can take 1 or 2 Morphine pills every 6 hours. This keeps me moving, doing PT, home PT and 15 min of walking every hour. I am able to walk without walker or cane! PT therapist said use one!. I don't think taking pills doc prescribes is an issue!! Any input?
Sorry, I missed your post. No, I was not taking anything except Tylenol and/or Alleve. No opiods in this body since last major surgery 15 years ago. 2mg tablets of morphine is what I have been prescribed and I can take a max of 2 pills every 6 hours.I am wondering if you were taking some kind of narcotic pain reliever before your surgery? I’m kind of surprised that they would prescribe morphine unless you already had a tolerance to pain meds. Personally, I had a terrible staph infection that destroyed my hip In the months before surgery. I was in horrible pain and took 10mg of oxycodone 4x a day for 4 months before my surgery, so I had built up some tolerance. They put me on 15mg every 3 hours when I first came home. 10mg wasn’t working for me. I have now reduced that to 5mg every 8 hours and I think I will be able to stop soon, as my pain is much better. Anyway, morphine is a very strong pain reliever. Perhaps you would still get pain relief from Oxycodone or hydrocodone, which aren’t as strong as morphine. You are taking what is prescribed and that is fine. There is nothing wrong with that. However, I would be alert for any signs of taking them for the little “boost” they might give you in addition to the pain relief. Every situation is different and maybe you need the morphine. I don’t know.