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Having bilateral hip replacement

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Ski Gal, May 16, 2019 at 10:42 AM.

  1. Ski Gal

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    Hi. I am new to this site. I am 58 yoa and I am in the process of getting scheduled for bilateral hip replacement. My hips are shot due to arthritis. I will have the anterior method. It sounds like I will get on the schedule sometime in June. I am so grateful that this is an option!(vs the old way). Still, pretty nervous about having both at the same time. I've done a lot of reading about pre-op, the surgery and post-op. I'm wondering if anyone out there has had both hips at once and do you have any advice or tricks that worked for you after you were home? Was there anything that you did not anticipate? I live alone, but will have either a friend or sister stay with me for the first 10-14 days.
    Thanks in advance!
     
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    @Ski Gal Welcome to BoneSmart :welome: You've come to the best place to get support and great information about joint replacements. YES there are quite a few of us here who have had bilateral hip replacements -- mine are 7.5 years old and I am VERY glad I did it that way :yes!: One of our lovely, helpful admins will be along shortly to give you some suggestions for reading here. You can also go over to the recovery side and look for green bilateral tags - click on any such tag and you'll get a list of all the bilateral threads. Feel free to read any/all! Link to my threads in my signature though it is old and has not been updated in quite a while.

    It's good you are going to have some one stay with you for a while after surgery - I had my cousin with me for about 10 days and that worked well. I did manage just fine once she left. Be sure to ask your surgeon if there will be hip precautions after surgery (those usually only apply for 6-8 weeks - some surgeons do insist on them, others do not).

    Prepare before surgery - stock up on comfort food, easy to fix meals, snacks, etc. Get grabbers as you will probably not be able to (hip precautions) or want to (stiffness and incision pain) bend over for a while. Practice getting into bed and car by lifting both legs at the same time -- I did that a lot before surgery as it hurt less than doing one at a time and it really helped afterwards.

    If you have the space and resources it might be helpful to rent a hospital bed for a while - I rented one for about 3n months and it was great! Made it super easy to elevate legs, get into and out of bed, and was not too expensive (about $75/month as I recall). Or get a reclining chair if you do not already have one - though ones you have to close the foot rest by shutting with your legs would not be a good idea! Get one with either electric controls or a lever on the side to open/close it.

    The first time you stand after BTHR will be a revelation!!! Arthritis pain is gone :yes!: BUT hips and legs will probably feel like each weighs about 100lbs and are made of concrete -- aka "log legs". Don't worry - this sensation goes away fairly quickly. Hospital staff will make sure you can manage most routine activities before you go home - including climbing stairs, getting into and out of car, getting dressed, managing hygiene, etc. AND they will make sure your pain management routine is working properly. These days most folks only stay in hospital for a day or 2 - though some stay a bit longer.

    Best of luck to you with your upcoming BTHR :loveshwr:
     
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    @Ski Gal welcome to the group and if you do have surgery in June you'll be part of the June Sunbeams! I'm scheduled to have my right hip done (t) 24 Jun so can't add much about BTHR but we do have plenty of folks that have been in your shows and they'll be along to give you support, answers and whatever else you may need. This is a great place with lots of great answers, ideas, suggestions and again, support!
    :meow:
     
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    Thank you for all the information! I read about getting a reacher and a friend told me about a sock donner from amazon that helps you put on TED hose. I DID NOT know about the feeling of "log legs" - I'm glad to be aware of that ahead of time. Did you have to keep your legs somewhat elevated when you slept? I get very nauseated from pain pills, so I'm kind of concerned about that. I've read however, that some people can get away with only taking Aleve. I hope I am one of those people! Thank you again for your kind advice and support <3
     
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    :wave: and welcome to the
    Both at Once!?! Club
    I had BTHR 2 years ago at age 53.
    I am sensitive to anything with codeine as it makes me horribly nauseous..so I had an tentative pain killer. I feel some narcotics will be necessary at least for the first few weeks, though I took for longer.
    I don't recommend NSAIDS for recovery
    In all honesty, I was kind of hating life for the first week, and then the amazing realization that this was definitely a "Cure" and all temporary ..
    And certainly nothing like the bone on bone OA pain I dealt with prior to surgery..came about and I have not regretted it a day since!:tada:
    Got my life back:yahoo:
     
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    @Mojo333 Thanks for the info on NSAIDS. I would not have known that and I want to do everything to ensure positive results. And thanks for being up front about how your first week went. I've heard a lot of people say they have had minimal pain. I would rather expect pain and be pleasantly surprised if it were minimal, verses the other way around!
     
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    @Ski Gal
    I had my THR 8 weeks ago & only used paracetamol.. it was very effective.
    The first week or so is a bit trying... getting comfy in bed or chair... but once that’s over it’s just great... I’m back to normal already & my new hip is amazing..
    You must check out @JennyLynne she is recovering from BTHR & is doing amazing after only 4 weeks...
    Good luck xx


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    Thank you Hoppy Nanny! I am not very techie, so I am not sure how exactly to find other people's posts (like JennyLynne) to be able to see how their surgery/recovery went. Kinda embarrassed about that. Do I need to "follow" them?
     
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    Thank you Mojo333!
     
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    I’m a few weeks before you...in for BTHR on 28th May so we can support each other through recovery
     
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    Yes! I am having the anterior approach. Do you know how they are doing yours? I have a slight toothache so I am getting it checked out this Wednesday to make sure it's nothing before I proceed with the BTHR. I really hope it's nothing, because it will delay my surgery by about 8 weeks. It would be tough getting through the next two months as the pain in my hips is just getting worse! If it's a go, my surgery date is June 13. Keep your fingers crossed for me! I hope it goes well for you and you have smooth sailing! Keep me posted when you are feeling up to doing so. Good luck!
     

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