This was the list of questions I took to my first consultation pre-op RTHR:Do you guys have any recommendation for good questions to ask?
Most surgeons will discourage any crossing of legs or ankles. It puts lots of pressure on the joint and especially early on can result in dislocation.After getting a THR, and after the healing process is over, can you cross your legs? Or criss-cross-applesauce?
As previously mentioned, I was a dancer, but also I am super short, and so I am seldom comfortable in any chair. Crossing legs, sitting on a foot, or sitting criss-cross has always helped me feel comfortable. To be restrained from being able to do those things feels scary and that I will lose a part of my life and comfort. Of course, the strange ways I sit also aggravate my hip joint, but it prevents me from other pain. I just cant imagine a world where I have to make sure I dont cross... I just keep sobbing about it. I dont want to be in this much pain anymore, and I want to be able to walk normally again, but I dont want to lose being flexible in that joint either. I mean, I expected I wouldnt be able to put my leg behind my head anymore lol, its not like I want to do anything crazy, but to not be able to cross at all? I’m scared.Would you mind sharing why it's troubling to you? Is it because you're afraid you'll forget and cross your legs anyway, or that you don't like restrictions, or that you're most comfortable sitting that way? Or is it something else?
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WOw, yeah. That makes a lot of sense! My husband and I were joking about the five stages of grief and realized we had actually been going through them! This whole journey started out with me being in so much denial over the past several months with how bad it was and refused to acknowledge it, haha. It is true that if I do get the THR, it will be a different life before and after, and that means grieving the old life, even if it was riddled in pain! That was really encouraging, thank you so much. Ill be praying for you and thinking of you leading up to yours.My primary care physician observed I was grieving over my hip, and I was grateful to him for naming it, because it helped me understand. There is definitely an emotional side to our joint replacement journey, and for some of us, it begins with a real sense of loss.
What a great message, thank you so much! It made me feel nice that this is an “Active persons problem”, haha! Ill try to keep that in mind. I cant imagine having both hips replaced... That would be so much to go through in one year!This isn’t an old person’s problem. It’s an active person’s problem.” She had a hip replacement at age 47.