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I have been reading this forum for over six months, and it has been such a wealth of information. It helped me to make the decision to move forward with a left hip replacement.

I was getting ready to post in the April surgery section, just waiting for final confirmation of my April surgery date. Well....on Monday I was notified that my surgery has postponed due to the fact that it is "elective". Over the weekend I had read that the Surgeon General was recommending this course of action, so it wasn't a total surprise. However, my whole life feels on hold, until I can start my recovery.

No one knows when surgeries will begin being rescheduled. I am in the current hardest hit area in the US.

In any case, I hope other people aren't as impacted, and that at some point I can get scheduled.
 

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I'm so sorry @Pink Peony. This is a very difficult time for many of us and I can't even imagine your disappointment. Once we decide that we want the surgery, the waiting becomes intermittable.
Once again we are living through a piece of history that I think all of us wish we weren't.

Stay here with us and chat and check into some of the social threads, maybe it will help you with the waiting and the shared camaraderie will be so helpful for us all.
I love your avatar name.. peonies are so pretty.

Stay strong hippie friend.
 

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I am so sorry that you will have a longer wait. However, it is a good thing not to be in the hospital right now and freeing up hospital staff to take care of other critically ill people. Please let us know when they start scheduling again. There will always be a lot of support here for recovery but also as you wait for surgery. I had a 6m wait due to my OS surgical schedule mainly and I came here a lot as I waited.
 
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Thank you ladies for the warm welcome! The good news is I have many of the pre-op steps completed (CT scan for Mako, and blood work). Hopefully, those results are good for a few months.

I am trying to focus on staying healthy, although many other routines are now changed (e.g. forced to work from home, and my gym was mandated to close). Putting things into perspective, letting the wonderful doctors, nurses and health care system, focus on the pandemic, is obviously the the priority.
 

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I’m sure it is hard to feel that the postponement was for the best. Waiting is the hardest part of the whole thing. Hopefully things will get under control and they will be able to reschedule you before too long. It is good you can work from home as that will help pass the time. As for the gym closing, it may be good to give your hip a rest. Exercising often causes more pain than it helps so I wouldn’t be too concerned about that. I found reading and posting here on the forum helped a lot to pass the days both before and after surgery. I wish you well as you wait. Please let us know when you are rescheduled.
 

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Hello Pink Peony,
Welcome to BoneSmart! Thanks for joining us. I‘m sorry you have to deal with the postponement of your April surgery. Hopefully it won’t be too long before you’re able to re-schedule. In the interim, we’re here to keep you company, answer questions, and offer advice when / if you need it, so stop back often. Lots of interesting info in the BoneSmart Library and even a Social Room to peruse if interested.
Wishing you peace and comfort as you wait.
@Pink Peony
 

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My MRI shows the arthritis has devastated my hip so much it is deformed. I am in the process of getting GP approval and other tests for surgery.

The doc told me my hip is so bad he doesn't know how I'm walking. Me either!

The GO had recommended continuing to exercise as much as I can. My specialist said no, baby the hip as much as possible, so I stopped going to the gym. I was really only working out my upper area anyway.

I live in a rural, low impacted area so I'm keeping my fingers crossed I will be able to keep my surgery date. I opted to go to our rural hospital instead of the larger hospital in the city.

Stay safe, this will pass!
 

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@Pink Peony

Good luck with the wait, it will be over at some point in the future. For what it's worth even simple things like an annual exam are being pushed out three months.

I think most of us have empathy for a long wait, it's one of the more difficult things to deal with. I thought it would be forever during my 4 month delay from getting the OS ok for surgery.

About how long the CT is good for: I can tell you that my Mako CT was done in October and surgery was January so it's good for a few months anyway.
 
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This forum is helping me getting through this period of unknowns.

Extremely thankful for all the healthcare workers around the world, and realize all the challenges with hospital supplies.

My pain level is manageable, but I am in constant pain. More than anything I want my life back, and to regain my mobility.

My doctor's final pre-op appointment is currently scheduled for March 30, but sadly I suspect it will be moved. All the best laid plans to get this surgery completed before summer. However, at this point I am trying to remain optimistic.
 

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I'm feeling it all for you, @Pink Peony . :console2:
I'm in the same situation, except that I need a shoulder replacement. My shoulder hurts all the time, but I can manage as long as I don't ask it to do too much.

All elective surgeries have been cancelled here in NZ and goodness knows when they will start again.

But we can manage this. Hang in there, look after yourself and keep out of contact with as many people as you can. Eventually, this will come to an end and life will get back to normal again.
 
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Received an update today that I "possibly" may be rescheduled to June, but nothing is firm.

If I am honest, I am in a total downward spiral today as a result, because my whole life is waiting for this surgery. I have many changes I need to make in my life, which are on hold, until I am healed. Also, I had specifically planned to get the surgery completed before our short summer. Best case, I am going to be stuck inside, while it is beautiful outside. Sorry to vent, I am thankful that I am still alive, during this pandemic.
 

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I "possibly" may be rescheduled to June
Well it's not ideal but I think this is a very positive sign. If areas are starting plan elective surgery it's a good sign.
Best case, I am going to be stuck inside, while it is beautiful outside.
No you won't. You will be fully mobile when you leave the hospital. Many of our members spend time outdoors during their recovery. Sunshine and fresh air are ideal during your recovery.
 

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Stay strong! The day will arrive and you will feel fabulous again. and on that day the world will be fabulous too. Here are some words which I really like..

There is always the hope of tomorrow to brighten the clouds of today
There is always a corner for turning no matter how weary the way
So just look ahead to tomorrow and trust that you’ll find waiting there
The sunshine that comes from warm happy smiles and the love of people who care.

sending you smiles and love:):loveshwr:
 

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I absolutely loved your saying @Argee !! It is especially fitting during these tough days when we are all “in.” I plan to print it out and put it on my refrigerator.

@Pink Peony , the advice you’ve already been given above is right. Even if your surgery is June, you’ll be out and about before you know it. Recovery will be much faster than you may be thinking. As Argee said, your pain from the OA will be gone as soon as you wake up after the surgery. That same day they will have you up walking to the bathroom. It’s hard to believe but true. They will show you how to do stairs and how to get into a vehicle before you go home. I was in hospital one night and then came home. You’ll need a walker for a short time, maybe a week or two and then you’ll go to a cane for another bit of time and before you know it, you’re walking on your own pain free. The recovery time varies for each person so you need to keep that in mind but you’re making it sound like you think it will take a very long time and it really doesn’t.

Even if your surgery is late June, July or even August, you’ll be fully mobile while the weather is still decent and before the snow flies. So keep your chin up and make the best of these days. Plan ahead for your surgery and maybe even get on the cancellation list once they start scheduling elective surgeries again. I think when this happens may depend on where you live but if you have short summers, I doubt you live in or near NYC or even on the west coast so you should be fine. Just hang in there and keep posting. We all are fine with venting as most of us have done it on here ourselves in the past. It is the support and understanding of all those on BoneSmart that got many of us through all this and they will be here for you, too.
 

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I wish my recovery was one two three I know everyone is different but I am 11 weeks out of me left tkr and I’m still using walker I’m stiff my ROM is 120 I wake joe ever hour like I have resdless leg syndrome my thigh are so tight they are so painful to touch I walk with out cane or walker and I’m bent over doc says everything looks good ????im still in pt any suggestions I’m 76 and was very active before
 
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You all are so wonderful to provide that balanced perspective. I am much calmer today, I think I was in in shock yesterday dealing with the time frame they provided.

@GrannyC - I actually live in Kirkland (Washington), and my back-up option was to have surgery at Evergreen Hospital where the initial Covid deaths sadly took place. So I have been in the heart of the pandemic in the US. I feel awful for other areas, such as NY that are seeing the incredible spike in cases.

My only hope is since we have been dealing with this since January, that hopefully we will recover a little earlier than other parts of the country.
 

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@Pink Peony thankfully I live in upstate NY near Thousand Islands and Lake Ontario so I am a long way from NYC. I’m sure it was a huge shock to learn about the postponement but you’ll make out just fine in the long run. In the meantime maybe you can find ways to minimize your pain. You can also try ice if you have a lot of pain. We all iced after surgery but it will work prior to surgery as well as it is a natural pain reliever. My husband and I are staying home so yesterday I got my first grocery delivery to my house and it worked very well plus the delivery charge was much less than I had anticipated which was a pleasant surprise. I remember those walks across the parking lot prior to my surgery and they were not fun. I couldn’t wait to get a grocery cart to lean on. This might be one way you could minimize your pain as you wait and I’m sure there are other ways as well. Hang in there and you’ll do just fine.

@Grammie9 I echo what Celle said above. Hips are definitely easier than knees and it looks like you had a total knee replacement. The recovery time for each of us whether knee or hip, requires a different amount of time to recover. Don’t get discouraged. If you are concerned about any particular part of your recovery, you should consult your surgeon and see what is recommended. I wish you well.
 

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Thank you ladies for the warm welcome! The good news is I have many of the pre-op steps completed (CT scan for Mako, and blood work). Hopefully, those results are good for a few months.

I am trying to focus on staying healthy, although many other routines are now changed (e.g. forced to work from home, and my gym was mandated to close). Putting things into perspective, letting the wonderful doctors, nurses and health care system, focus on the pandemic, is obviously the the priority.
I am so sorry that your surgery was postponed due to the virus. I just had my hip replacement on 3/18 and the hospital stopped "elective" surgery within a day or 2. It must be terribly frustrating for you to have to wait. On the positive side, I felt the anxiety and distraction of the hospital staff when I was there as they were anticipating preparing for the corona-virus. You may be safer not having it now.
By the way, I resented them calling this "elective" surgery. It isn't a face lift!!
 

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