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[THR] Ginny's Recovery Thread (LTHR)

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Ginny12, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. Ginny12

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    Dear All,

    My op should be tomorrow pm. I actually feel OK at the moment, so hopefully this mood will last. What i do know is that i would not be feeling this chipper if i was not a member of this forum. Without a shadow of a doubt the support i have received here has stopped me going under.

    I am so very grateful for each and every post i received, thank you.

    This will be my last post until after the op. I very much doubt i will post in the hospital as the wifi reception is poor.

    xxx
     
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    Good luck. Hear from you soon.
     
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    Ooh, so close @Ginny12. Only start posting when you feel like it. But know you've got family and friends, and a HUGE cheering section here on this forum who will eagerly waiting for you to check in, we hope with pain well controlled, a sense of pride that you've made it to "the other side", and the recovery can begin. Best of luck, and hope to hear more shortly! You rock, lady!
     
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    All the best tomorrow, see you here soon.

    Here are the recovery guidelines, the articles are short and will not take long to read.

    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:
    rest
    elevate
    ice
    take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​
    3. Do what you want to do BUT
    a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
    b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.
    4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
    5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

    Pain management and the pain chart
    Healing: how long does it take?
    Chart representation of THR recovery

    Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
    Energy drain for THRs
    Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key

    Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it

    Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
    Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

    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.
     
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    @Ginny12 Good luck tomorrow and we'll all be here cheering you on! Looking forward to your first post on the healing side.
    :flwrysmile:
     
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    Hope it all goes brilliantly and looking forward to welcoming you from the other side...
     
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    Hope all went well...sorry i missed the send off!:unsure:
    First days can certainly be jarring...so hang in there.:friends:
     
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    Hi :hi:
    Hope you're resting comfortably and your pain is well managed.
    Will look forward to your first post.
    Wishing you a peaceful day as you begin healing :console2:
    @Ginny12
     
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    My fellow Bonesmarties,

    I have just returned from the hospital and can officially say a have a new hip. It feels very surreal. I won't write much now as i am going to have a nap, but overall it all went well. Apart from fainting and a high temp!

    As ever, thank you all for the never ending support.
     
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    Yay for home! No place like it for rest.
    Wishing you many cozy naps and minimal pain.
    Post when you're feeling more energized.
    Sweet dreams! :yawn: :sleep:
    @Ginny12
     
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    Hi @Ginny12
    I bet it feels great to be back home, if a bit daunting. Hope you managed to nap ok and that your pain is under control. Best wishes
     
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    @Ginny12 Hope you are resting and comfortable. We are here for you!
     
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    Hey, @Ginny12, you made it! Congrats! Naps are great--take lots of 'em. And icing works, plus good pain control through both icing and medication. You are on your way.
     
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    Hi All,

    Another quick post. Lovely nap, a bit stiffer after the nap than in the hospital and then i realized that i had not taken my meds, now i have i would say the pain is 1-2 only. Thrilled that one is allowed to sleep on the operated side as i would find back sleeping very difficult. No real swelling yet, when does that kick in? Doing the ice etc. My leg is now straight, it had been bow legged for years!

    I am sure i will have challenges to come but i am going to allow myself the massive sense of relief that i have had it done.

    Thanks one and all. xx
     
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    Happy to hear you had a nice nap. It sounds as though you're doing really well!
    You may get lucky and not have a lot of swelling.
    If you haven't read the article on icing yet, which helps with pain and swelling, Josephine recommends icing for 40-60 mins per session, no less. Hope the rest of your day is sweet.
    @Ginny12
     
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    Swelling doesn't happen the same for everyone. and icing a lot will help keep it from happening. Great that you can get comfortable in bed and sleep. Getting and staying comfortable is important as you'll be spending a lot of time sitting and lying down.
     
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    Congratulations on your surgery and you sound like you are doing really well. Stay on top of the pan meds and icing. Great that you are sleeping! Wishing you a comfortable Friday @Ginny12

    :flwrysmile:
     
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    :hi: so happy you are home!
    I didn't have an inordinate amount of swelling...but I certainly did ice it up an awful lot so I can only imagine that helped tremendously!
    Healing hugs coming your way!:flwrysmile:
     
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    Lots of icing really helps. I hardly had any bruising. Good luck for the rest of your recovery!
     
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    Hi @Ginny12
    It sounds as if you are doing well. I know it's such a relief to have the op over and done with and begin the recovery.
    My swelling started towards the end of the first week. It took me a bit by surprise and I thought it was DVT. Of course it wasn't but just goes to show you that we all worry about things.

    The name of the game now is patience. Your body needs time to recover from being manhandled in the op. I am sure you will have good and bad days and probably also get the blues. Mine were very short lived, thank goodness, but it does seem fairly common.

    Keep us posted on how you are getting on
     
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