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[THR] JJ's recovery thread (14.02.17)

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by JenJuniper, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. JenJuniper

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    I'm having a LTHR tomorrow (14th). 41 years, female, UK, posterior approach.

    Nervous beyond belief! So spending the day tidying, cooking and packing to keep my mind busy. Ice packs are in the freezer and all my useful tools etc are in strategic places around the house. I think I'm organised!

    Hopefully I'll get the chance to post some updates in the next few days.

    Good luck to those who are also having their ops this week!




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    Good luck with your surgery! Post an update when you are able.
     
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    You will be great!
     
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    Good luck! Sending you positive thoughts! :)
     
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    Good luck with your hip replacement. Let us know how you are doing.
     
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    Ooh! A Valentine Hip! Which hospital/surgeon are you having?

    And here's the recovery stuff for you

    Here are the BoneSmart mantras ....
    - rest, elevate, ice and take your pain meds by the clock
    - if it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physiotherapist - to do it to you
    - if your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again
    - if you won't die if it's not done, don't do it
    - never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lie down, never stay awake when you can go to sleep!
    - be active as much as you need to be but not more than is necessary, meaning so much that you end up being in pain, exhausted or desperate to sit down or lay down!

    BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy

    Pain management and the pain chart
    Healing: how long does it take?
    Chart representation of THR recovery
    Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
    Energy drain for THRs
    Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key
    Activity progression for THRs
    Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
    Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
    Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

    BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.
     
  7. sammylou99

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    Good luck today! Hope it all goes well for you. I am in on Monday also in U.K. Left Hip posterior. (51).
    All the best,
    Sam


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  8. JenJuniper

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    Thanks all!
    Just had all the 'chats' with consultant etc and just waiting for my slot (about an hour).
    Decided just to go for general only, no spinal. Lots of reasons....but I am very anxious and didn't want something else to worry about!

    Also got very low BP this morning so they are going to have to be careful before getting me up later.

    Apart from that, all is good and update you hopefully later.


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    Hope it's an "easy ride" for you. Am very anxious at this point too. I think the waiting is horrible. I also have low BP! Let us all know how it goes. Will be good to get it over,
    Sending good thoughts your way!
    Sam


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    @JenJuniper hope all is well today. See you here soon!
     
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    @JenJuniper Just think- by the time I am writing this you are all done with your new hip! Hope your recovery goes smoothly. I am right behind you- I'm scheduled for LTHR tomorrow, the 15th.?will look forward to your postings to get some idea of what might lie ahead. You are in my prayers and best of luck. Kathy


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  12. JenJuniper

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    Hello from the other side!
    I've Been back from the Recovery room for about 3 hours now.
    Current non moving pain is zero... can't actually believe it. Consultant popped in a while ago and got me to bend knee up, and also got me to tense leg and try to raise off bed. He was happy with movement.
    They got me up about an hour ago, on crutches and to the bathroom.
    I would class the feeling as discomfort more than pain when moving. It just feels slight, with the discomfort around incision point and not joint.
    I have some cute inflatable booties to wear in bed that assist with circulation I think?
    Everything went to plan I have been told!
    Currently feeling amazing... not drowsy, nor in pain. Almost a little exhilarated!!! (Haha the drugs are amazing, along with I think the feeling of it's over! Well the bit I was worrying about!)

    BP is still low, but we were careful getting me out of bed and up, and there were no issues.

    All the best @Kathy0427 for tomorrow. As everyone says... it's not as bad as you think and like me you may be pleasantly surprised!!!!!

    I'm not in any rush to get out of here, so I'm looking possibly at a Friday discharge if alls still ok. (Private hospital so it's like a hotel!!!)

    Prep prior to op was brill as I have been very anxious, which they were aware of. Walked down to room, I had a sedative to chill me out a little before being put under. So glad I told them I was feeling like this, as everyone has made a real effort to a)explain everything in detail they are doing (helps me process things) and b)I didn't suffer unnecessarily and was helped out with a sedative.

    Update further on things when I can... but as it stands.... it's all good!!!!!!

    .


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    @JenJuniper, marvelous to hear how well you're being treated! Congrats on your new hip!
     
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    Great to hear!!! So glad it all went so well :):) makes me feel a lot less anxious about Monday to hear this so thank you! Hope your week continues to go well.
    All the best,
    Sam


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    Welcome to the other side!
    I was totally wired post op both THRs. You are just so glad it's all done and dusted. Rest when you can. Enjoy your "hotel". You are on your way!
     
  16. JenJuniper

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    Wonderful to have you join us in recovery. Don't forget to rest and take pain meds on schedule. :flwrysmile:
     
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    So happy to hear that you are feeling so relieved and better!! Prayers for you and your healing


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  19. JenJuniper

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    Could a moderator change the date in the title of my thread please??
    It should say 14.02.17 not 14.01.17! Can't even blame the drugs as I set it up last night


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  20. JenJuniper

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    Overnight update: (well not quite as it's 1.30am and I am awake, and slightly bored so checking in here)
    Also waiting for my antibiotics at 2am and then the cannula can come out!

    3 walks with crutches to the toilet done on the first day. Learnt getting off/on bed, rising up, sitting on toilet, turning on crutches.

    Had a little appetite.. tea and toast on recovery (why is there no better feeling than a hot cuppa when you're thirsty?!) and only fancied a sandwich and fruit for dinner. (Good for the diet lol)

    No pain still. A little uncomfortable when moving position on the bed. Had paracetamol alternated with oxicontin, twice since I came back from recovery. Also had a drip for rehydration (?) when I first came back from recovery.

    Had around 2 lots of 1.5 hours sleep only so far... but not through pain, just still wired and I also have my inflatable booties on all night, which are noisy as they go up and down.

    So all in all, frustrating with not sleeping (as I usually sleep like a log!) but worth it for the complete lack of pain.






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