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Getting braver

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by sweet alice, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. sweet alice

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    So I am going back to the OS tomorrow on the advice of my general physician.

    A little back history: at age 23 I was run over by a car and had a posterior dislocation of my right femoral head and multiple ligament tears. I was young at the time and just wanted my life back so I did nothing. 3 children later and I am 30 and I start falling a lot.

    I have both ACLs repaired in my knees and go on with life. At 45 my hip starts to give me trouble. I have it scoped and cleaned up. Years pass and I get injections. Years pass. I am now 57 and have had multiple injection that have truly not worked. Been scoped twice and had the bursa sac removed.

    I have been to multiple OS and get different answers. Yes replace the hip, no don’t touch the hip and my personal favorite, I will replace it if you want me to. I really just want an orthopedic person to help me make an informed decision.

    Anyway. The pain has gotten to the point that I hurt to just sit in a chair and it is difficult to walk on treadmill for more than 20 minutes. So tomorrow I have another appointment to see if I can get it replaced. I feel that is want I need to have done but making that decision is difficult. Not something to be taken lightly.

    Hoping the Dr will give me some guidance.

    Looking for any questions that you think I should be getting answers to before I take the plunge.
     
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    I feel I was lucky along the way and had Dr.s that gave me good advice. Usually if you go to a surgeon you get surgery, it's what they do and they have a pre conceived notion that it's the only reason people come to them. Forget about the money machine that runs healthcare and that's how they generate money. If you're not getting a procedure they aren't interested usually.
     
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    @sweet alice I am so sorry you have been through such a long journey with your hip! Frankly, reading your history I think the only choice is to replace. You have certainly tried all other options.

    Surgeons will never tell you to have elective surgery. As you say - it's a big decision and the choice will always be yours. I think you probably need to make the decision on how to proceed and then focus on choosing the right surgeon. You need someone who does high volume THRs and (most importantly) someone you can have a discussion with. Anyone who does not allow you to ask all your questions or refuses to give you details is not a keeper in my book.

    Here are the questions that I asked at my consultations (taking into consideration I already knew I was going the THR route):

    Surgical approach?
    What type of prosthesis?
    Cement or non-cement?
    How long does the procedure take?
    Can I have anti-nausea meds?
    Will I have weight bearing restrictions (if yes for how long)?
    Anaesthesia (spinal or GA)?
    Will I have a catheter post-op?
    What other restrictions will I have and for how long?
    What is your post-op pain management plan?
    Stitches or staples?
    Bathing/shower how soon?
    Can I function on my own at home from day 1?
    PT how soon (home or outpatient)?
    When can I drive?
    Who can I contact with any post-op problems?
     
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  4. sweet alice

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    Thank you so much Jaycey. There were more questions on your list than mine and they are excellent ones. Thanks again.
     
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    Please let us know how your appointment goes!
     
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    That surgeon did help you make an informed decision - he said he would do it. What more do you want?
    Jaycey's list was good but this one is better! Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis
     
  7. sweet alice

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    Had appointment and made the decision to move ahead with a replacement. On the schedule for May 8 Right hip.
     
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    Well done @sweet alice ! You won't regret this amazing surgery. Please keep posting here and be sure and join the May hip replacement group. We are with you all the way!
     
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    Sweet Alice, I waffled for too many years about whether I should or shouldn't go ahead with surgery. Many of us do. Even before full recovery is complete, we often wonder aloud why we waited so long. Having a date scheduled allows you to move forward proactively. We will keep you company throughout the process.

    Sharon
     
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    Bye bye hip pain:yahoo:
    We will be rooting for you!:yay:
     
  11. sweet alice

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    I have my dentist appointment made and am starting some leg strengthing exercises. Every day I doubt the decision I stop and ask myself “ is the hip hurting, even a little” and know the decision is the right one.
     
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    @sweet alice, you have made the right decision :yes!: you won't regret it!
     
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    Seems like since I have decided to get a replacement, my hip hurts worse than ever. I must just be thinking about it more and notice it.
     
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    I think once you've made that decision, you stop trying to put a brave face on it, and accept that it will be sorted :yes!:
     
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    I'm in the same boat as you @sweet alice. I've ummed and aahed for months, but have decided to go for it and hope for an appt in June. Now I've decided I just want to get it over with.
     
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    Wondering where everyone chooses to sleep the first few days home. Bed or recliner?
     
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    I don't have a recliner so bed was the only option. I was fine there. Hospital staff will teach you how to get in and out of bed and go up and down stairs if you have them.
     
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    @sweet alice. I found I couldn't get comfortable in my bed for the first few weeks. I was much happier in the recliner. My sleep schedule was also off compared to everyone else in the house so the recliner in the living room gave me a lot more flexibility to flip on Netflix at 2am if I felt like it without waking anyone else up.
     
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    Hi @sweet alice
    I can relate to your indecision. I did the same as I stiffly limped along in misery :heehee:
    Scheduling the appointment was key for me. Helped me get in the mindset....a little, lol.
    I went kicking and screaming and found out it wasn't at all what I made it out to be in my mind.
    One of the best decisions I ever made! No more hip pain. Or limping!

    I had a lift recliner. Slept in it soundly and comfortably for the first three weeks.
    Wishing you comfort as you await your date.
     
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    I so empathize! I’ve been putting off my knee replacement for several years! My questions included:

    What kind of anesthesia?
    Pain control postoperatively
    Drive time
    Blood clot prevention plan
    Hospital stay
    Type of prosthetic knee replacement and recall history
    General recovery time

    I’m going in on the 20th of April!

    Answers: probably spinal anesthesia with sedation
    The femoral sensory nerve will have a catheter for 48 hours that keeps numbing medicine flowing
    Oral pain medications for home use. Toradol at the hospital
    Driving 2-3 weeks, when walking with a cane and not taking narcotics during the day
    Aspirin 325 mg twice a day for six weeks to prevent clots
    Hospital stay 2-3 Days
    Stryker is his choice, no recalls that he is aware of
    Swelling can last 6 months to a year
     

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