It can take up to one year for full recovery. It all depends on how your body reacts to the procedure and how long you have been limping around pre-op. The slow and steady approach to this recovery works every time.It will just take a few months to get there.
Yes waiting for that surgery date may be the hardest part...I'm having to go through my third "opening up" as a revision I had done a year ago was a failure. It's a tough pill to swallow, pretty sure I have PTSD from the last surgery as my surgeon did not give me enough medication to manage my pain. This time, new surgeon and I will be staying in the hospital to manage pain.Hi All,
Just saying hi to all those who have taken the brave steps to put yourself forward for surgery and to wish you all the best in a speedy healthy recovery. I have been counting the days down ever since I made that fateful decision and each day seems to be so long , to get to the point of getting it over and done with. I have spent the last couple of days preparing everything in the house, removing rugs off the floors, tidying up round the house so I can walk around with crutches and every day following the exercise regime to strengthen the hip muscles as much as possible. It's a habit now to watch something on Netflix, while standing next to a chair, moving my leg around. I am even standing in post office queues or shop queues, waving my leg about - must look a bit silly! It's almost an obsession! I will miss my 3 times a week swimming, but look forward to being able to get back to it. Also been looking for things to keep me amused while unable to do much to keep any bordom or depression at bay. Does all of this sound familar to you?
This helps me! Thank you. Had my left hip done in July 2021. Now getting the right done Jan 23, 2023. It is not nearly as painful or bothersome as the left had been. I only really have pain when walking for a length of time. No pain with sitting. I had a couple of really bad months this past year though, which brought me back to the orthopedic surgeon. We know this hip has moderate osteoarthritis and cysts so we decided not to wait for it to get as bad as the previous one. Really hard sometimes to get myself to be okay with the surgery when I have not had pain for a couple of days or more. Gets me second guessing myself. I have also been scared of having 2 fake joints. Not sure why. The first hip is doing really good. I am 52. I really just want to be able do do anything I want instead of sitting watching my life go by. Nice to see that you enjoy having both hips done.@Sukuma
There are lots of what-ifs that can take over when we are waiting for a procedure...and I had a few years of red flags...and over 2 years of horrid lower back and hip pain as my diagnosis was a bit elusive.
I was so sleep deprived and depressed by the time I had BTHR in May of 2017 that I wasn't as afraid of the procedure as I was that it might not "work".
I am back to a happy healthy life and am ever grateful for my new hips.
Lot of support and good advice here! We are rooting for you.
So nice to hear you also wondered about your diagnosis. I too had the low back pain, pain that was like sciatic, etc. I do get the groin pain though. My surgeon reassured me that is how he knows. Glad your surgery went well.@Sukuma my experience was so similar to yours. I knew that I had a slipped l4/l5 disk so I thought that caused my back pain
I had never had so much as a broken bone, never been in the hospital for any reason. It was hard to accept the idea of the hip replacement.
That was 1 year ago.
I am now bionic on right hip, cane free, back to work and back to a full night's rest.
You will get there !
It seems mentally I am having to go step by step trying to accept that this has to happen and how to best deal with it, without bursting into tears or feeling overwhelmed.