THR Heading Into Surgery 7.13 for RTHR


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Jul 10, 2023
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This is my first post. Was not sure how to start a new thread so just replying to the last post I read. Having THR right hip anterior procedure this Thursday morning. Check in to the hospital at 5:40 am for 7:40 am surgery. Told them I wanted general anesthesia and an overnight stay rather than being sent home same day. Previously tried 3 cortisone injections over 9 months and a last gasp attempt at PRP, platelet rich plasma injection which was a complete failure. Could not take the excruciating pain anymore so called the surgeons office and said I am ready for the THR. Surgeon ordered new x ray today and said the hip was much worse than the previous x ray 6 months ago. So here goes. I like the surgeon and feel he can be trusted. Turns out he replaced the hip of one of my co workers and she was happy with the outcome. Been a rollercoaster of emotions this past year. Fear, sadness, despair and a good dose of depression knowing that I have no choice but to go under the knife. Been reading a lot of posts and appreciate all the helpful info here. Can't live with the pain anymore so here goes...
Surgery scheduled for this Thursday at 7:40 am. Have been scared to death for a month but now just want to get it over with. Met with the surgeon today who I really like and feel good about.
Need to get the life back that the osteoarthritis has robbed me of.
@Roseanne Welcome to BoneSmart! Since your surgery is just 2 days away I am going to leave you both our pre op and post op lists of articles and suggestions. Do feel free to ask any questions you may have and read any thread here in pre op or over in the recovery section.

Hip: pre-surgery considerations

If you are at the stage where you have joint pain but don't know for sure if you are ready to have surgery, these links may help:

Score Chart: How bad is my arthritic hip?
Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis
BMI Calculator - What to do if your surgeon says you're too heavy for joint replacement surgery
Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?

If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:

Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced hip, take a look at the posts and threads in stories of amazing hip recoveries

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:
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
BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy
5. At week 4 and after you should follow this
Activity progression for THRs
6. Access these pages on the website
Oral And Intravenous Pain Medications
Wound Care In Hospital
The Recovery articles:
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.
Hi @Roseanne
:welome: to Bonesmart
This is my first post. Was not sure how to start a new thread so just replying to the last post I read.
I see you figured out how to get a pre-op thread started, so I moved your original post here.:ok:
Been a rollercoaster of emotions this past year. Fear, sadness, despair and a good dose of depression knowing that I have no choice but to go under the knife.
Nobody wants surgery...well, honestly...after 2 years of chronic pain with 2 bad hips and my range of motion making me feel like I was 100 years old at age 53, and absolutely no way to get comfortable or sleep....
I was willing to do most anything to get my life back....Including Bilateral Hip Replacement!
I had never had a procedure more serious than my appendectomy at age 14.
I was so excited to know there was a light at the end of the tunnel...until about 2 days before my op (where you are:console2:)
Then, I got super nervous.

I do not regret the operation nor the time for recovery as I am 6 years out and have reclaimed my health and active life.
Bonesmart was a great tool during my recovery ... getting the scoop from those who know was priceless.

Sending you healing hugs in advance.
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Good luck I’m about 2weeks away and also nervous and scared . I trust my surgeon and hoping for good outcome as I’m doing the other in Oct, Sending good vibes your way!!
Thank you. About to get some shut eye before the 3:30 am alarm clock goes off telling me it is time to get up and head to the hospital for surgery. Not looking forward to this but I hope to be a happy hipster down the road.
Hope your THR was a total success! And you are home and feeling, well…as good as can be expected!! Best wishes!

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