At center 5:30 am , in surgery by 7:30 in recovery at 9:00 . Home at 1:30 !! A brand new titanium and ceramic posterior surgery. Walking every hour once around the family room . Ankle pumps etc . Hurts a bit just Tylenol and Mobic. )) Merry Xmas all
I respectfully disagree. Increasing pain may not be newguy’s experience. My surgeon used Exparel during my THR. Exparel is a non-opioid anesthetic that blocks nerve impulses in your body, injected into the area before closing, gradually wearing off over a 72 hr period. I was also prescribed an opioid (took 4) and an NSAID for 5 days. That coupled with almost non-stop icing kept my pain more than manageable, allowing me to sleep and rest comfortably. I waited for the often predicted Day 3-4 of increased pain and it never happened. I share this not to boast, but to give hope to those that hear / read accounts of unmanageable pain. It isn’t always the case, so no need to stress or brace yourself in anticipation. If I ever need my other hip replaced, I realize I may not be as fortunate, but I’d be remiss in not sharing that each recovery is unique and not always predictable.It's going to hurt more.
Oh yes IT DID, see my new post ))It's going to hurt more. During surgery they bathed the inside with a local anesthetic plus epinephrine (or something similar). So expect day 3 to be a lot more painful. Sorry.
Have your narcotic handy. Read stuff. It's not just you. You will get through it.
At center 5:30 am , in surgery by 7:30 in recovery at 9:00 . Home at 1:30 !!
I was told to not take NSAIDs such as Mobic/ibuprofen or naproxin . I think that is because inflammation is part of the healing process. Reread your instructions, but I know different surgeons give different instructions.By the way it seems the Mobic did zip after 10 hours . I’m going to Motrin later with the Tylenol. And a 5mg Oxy if needed .
I just read the notes from my surgery. Fascinating. No wonder there will be swelling and pain!! My ICU nurse wife is making sure I take the appropriate meds at the appropriate times!! Love this lady . It is so helpful to not have to do this alone !!The first 2 weeks suck, no way to sugar coat it and any thing else would be a lie. Ice and rest are the best things for your new hip. I learned with my first there was no cash back bonus or any award for trying to be the first person off of pain relief after a THR. All it gets you is pain and no gain.
This is difficult to read and not comment, only because this was not my experience, nor would I try to deceive anyone. I do realize I am in the minority, and that I may very well not be as lucky should I experience THR again, but I’m in no way attempting to offer a false sense of hope. We all have different pain thresholds and what feels minor to one, may feel excruciatingly painful to another. While I was fortunate (and thankful) I hesitate to share, but feel it is a worthwhile reminder to the anxious that the first week or two aren’t a guaranteed time of suffering for everyone.The first 2 weeks suck, no way to sugar coat it and any thing else would be a lie.