@gopher You will notice I started a recovery thread for you. If you keep all your questions regarding your recovery here, we will have all your information in one place should we need to advise you.
Regarding your question, many of our members continue to ice for many months post op. You may think there is no swelling. But internal swelling can occur for quite awhile. Icing will reduce this and help you gain mobility.
Here are your recovery guidelines: 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 discomfort:
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 that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
I iced regularly with an ice machine for the first 10 weeks or so @gopher, then continued with the ice machine at night for at least 5 months. I went back to work kind of early and it really helped to ice at night after an active day, kept from the next day being painful and swollen.
To some of you hippies that have had enough time to heal completely. Can I expect to someday get back to the point where I once was in life, will I be able to tie my shoes, cut my own toenails and sleep on my side again? Hope so! At what point (how many months) may that occur?
I want to think most of the goals you mention happened for me by about 6 months out but as Jaycey stated... Some members do this much earlier and some it takes up to a year or so.
I know you have number 2 coming along so that may slow you down a bit...but I think if you can try to look at this recovery taking a year, you will find that being patient will actually speed things up.
The sleeping on my side was a long time for me as a double hippy...but now I sleep like a baby.
Hi Gopher. I am 5 months post op. All I can say is that everything is getting back to normal but at a slower pace, the advice given on this forum is excellent! Take your time it will all happen when your hip is strong enough. I have noticed that I can now bend more comfortably but still with caution I hear what you are saying.... I can’t wait to shave my legs oh oh too much info. I can now lie on my operated hip but after all these months sleeping on my back it is now how I prefer to sleep. Good luck to you and be patient , you will be there before you know it
I can tie my shoes, cut my nails and wash my feet and sleep on either side. Both hips were different and both had different timelines. I can tell you that there are moments and blocks of times I forget I have replacement hips, but I am reminded of it every day in one way or another. I can do anything I want to but there are certain aches and pains that remain and some come and go. I also use a little more caution when doing certain things as I'm more conscious of how much damage I might do if I fall. I also tend to clean up cuts and scratches more just out of concern for infections.
@gopher Everyone's journey through joint replacement is unique. And since you are having your hips replaced at different times it may take a while for you to get to the point where you no long think of having artificial hips and just get on with life. I had both hips replaced at the same time and because I'd limped and had fairly severe pain for quite a while it took me months to get back to being able to do mundane things like putting on socks, trimming toe nails, and tying shoes. Now 9+ years later I do all those things and more with no problem. IF you've had years of limping before getting to the point where you need joint replacements you might need some physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles around the hips. Hips themselves don't really need PT - walking is the best exercise.
For me it took about 3-4 months to get left foot onto right knee and nearly 9 months to get right foot onto left knee. But that's just my "unique" journey