@jpg717 - I'm glad you're doing well so far, but do remember that you have had major surgery and your hip needs plenty of time to recover. Complete recovery of all your tissues can take as long as a full year. If you start being too ambitious with exercise at this very early stage, you could undo all the good work your surgeon has done.How before I can start lifting light weights? Pullups? Situps? I am 17 days post op and recovering very well. Thanks, All
Weight lifting adds stress to the new hip, whether it is cemented or uncemented, but it is particularly important to avoid ambitious exercises in the early weeks if your hip is uncemented - or you could end up needing to have it all done again.Weight lifting adds stress to the stem, if you had uncemented. You want to give the bone plenty of time to ingrow to the lattice on the stem, and you only have one chance to get that right.
You are right that there is considerable variation in advice given by surgeons about early exercise. While an uncemented hip may need extra care, hip replacement is major surgery that causes a lot of trauma and it is unwise to over-exercise, no matter what method is used, because all those wounded tissues need time to heal.Every OS seems to have a little different view of early exercise, as my OS directed me to avoid outpatient PT until a minimum of 6 weeks after my surgery, out of concern for over stressing the newly implanted hip. She mentioned wanting to avoid any micro-motion/tiny motions of the stem, from repetitive exercises.
My surgery was 2 weeks before yours, so I'm a month out. I am trying to stick to the Take It Easy plan this time, after having had great success with the Go For It plan 6 years ago. I'm risk averse right now.How <long> before I can start lifting light weights? Pullups? Situps?
@cstinchcomb that first sentence is brilliant! I wish I'd thought of that, because it captures the absolute essence of the healing/recovery process.Personally, I figure my body has only so much rebuilding power per day, and I kinda want it focused on integrating the new hardware and healing up the damaged muscles / tendons /etc. So I am trying to wait until 6 weeks before I do any real exercise. Right now I'm walking a couple times a day, in general a bit longer each time I go.
Best of luck and congratulations on your awesome early progress; I hope it continues unabated.