- Jun 19, 2018
- United States
Hello all - I am new to this forum so will try to briefly introduce myself. My name is Kim, I have been happily married for going on 36 years to my 8th grade sweetheart, Jon. We have two grown daughters and 3 grandsons (ages 4, 2 and 6 months). We are blessed to run our own automotive repair business and work together every day (I only quit on occasion). That being said, I had a left total hip replacement on May 2, 2018. I was shocked to my core March 1 when I was told that I would need both hips replaced as I was in the end stage osteoarthritis. I had been active my entire life, though I haven't run long races in several years, I still enjoyed running several times a week. My surgeon was confident that I was an excellent candidate for out-patient THR and had me believing I would be up on my feet being self-sufficient within days of the surgery. Had my husband not been able to stay by my side for the first 6 days, I seriously don't know how I could have managed. I most certainly was NOT self-sufficient whatsoever - I couldn't even maneuver myself to get in/out of bed so we had a slumber party in the family room (me in the recliner, him on the sofa) for the first 10 nights. By day 10 I was feeling like I had done something very wrong because my recovery was NOT going as I had anticipated. A visit to the PT helped me to see that though I did return home the day of surgery, it was still major. I have continued with PT once a week since day 10 and those days are MISERABLE. I am pretty much out of work for that day and the next as my ice pack is my 24/7 companion. I was rather intrigued to read the difference of opinions about PT. I go back to see Dr. Hipster (surgeon) in the morning and will ask him to schedule hip #2. After a lengthy discussion/session with PT last week, I had an epiphany that though I wasn't 100% (maybe around 70-75%), I was probably well enough to go for it. I hate the thought of being sidelined all summer but I really don't want to spread this out any longer. Now that I KNOW what to expect I'll probably agree to go the outpatient route again but this time we'll know that my husband will have to play Nurse Jon for the first many days. Has anyone else done a THR and gone home the same day of surgery? Just curious.