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Well, I'm on the other side! Surgery took a bit longer than normal because the doc found a small fracture in the femur, (preexisting... At least according to him) and had to band it.

Pain isn't quite controlled yet, but only around 6 when walking. Very hard to walk normal, but it's early yet. Still might get out tonight, Doc will come back after clinic hours to decide .

Ok I'm gonna enjoy all these drugs going into my IV .post again soon
 

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Welcome to Recovery, Joe! :welome:
Hahaha! You're funny. Once you're done enjoying...you'll find some reading material below to help you along with recovery.
Stop by often, we'd love to follow your journey.

Hip Recovery: The Guidelines
1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
elevate
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​
3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​
4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

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

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.

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery. While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each, member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice. @JoeKnows
 
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That was my reaction as well, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Just walked around 500 feet with the walker, and PT cleared me to get home. Doc is doing his clinic hours (this isnt usually a surgery day for him, but he squeezed me in). Once he clears me, ready to get home - not trying to rush anything, I'd just rather recover at home .
 

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Yay for home! :happydance: There's no place like it.
No more hospital noise and frequent interruptions.
Get lots of rest, ice often and take your meds on schedule.
A peaceful evening to you.
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:wave: Yay, Joe is on the recovery side of life!
Glad to hear your pain is managed and you are ready to go home.
I certainly hope you will be headed home soon.
Healing wishes, Joe:friends:
 

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Yeah home sounds so much better than the clinic! Congrats!
 
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En route home. Doc was please with my status, and he's in line with this forum's advice - just rest and walk a bit at first, start the usual exercises after a week or two, but no formal PT.

I have to say, the pain is a bit worse then I expected (femur fracture probably didn't help).

Also, oddly, we found out that my eldest and my docs eldest are going to be in the same kindergarten next year... Weird.
 

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@JoeKnows Congratulations on getting home so quickly! So sorry to hear about the "preexisting fracture"...ouch. Hope you aren't too uncomfortable and the prescribed pain meds are keeping the pain under control. You are on the road to recovery. Take it slow and steady. Ice and elevate. You can feed this all back to me a week from tomorrow...except that I don't think I'll be getting home so quickly with two, and I'll pass on the fracture...it is a worry of mine!

Interesting that your OS's eldest and your eldest are going to be in the same kindergarten next year...that is quite a coincidence!

Hoping you are having a restful night.
 

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So sorry and I'm sure the fracture and subsequent wiring ads to the trauma.
Please do stay on top of your medication or ask for something that works better if your pain continues to be severe.
Did he suggest partial weight bearing only on that leg?
Wondering what protocols changed with the new development.
Keep the ice on AND do nothing but what you have to this weekend.
Sending all the best to you, Joe!
 

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Welcome to the other side. Ice ice and ice, did I mention ice? Worked for me as hardly any bruising. Good luck with the recovery. One of the helpful admins posted a graph showing a squiggly line leading to recovery rather than a straight one and it is certainly true!
 
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Thanks everyone. I wouldn't call tonight "restful," but mostly because all of that saline they pumped into me had to go somewhere... And because I don't like to sleep on my back. I'm ok with it though - after all, I can nap as much as I want for a few weeks, haha .

@Mojo333 he told me I can be full weight bearing. The only change was that he encouraged me to stay a night to have stronger pain meds available, but I'm happy I didn't stay

Pain is probably a 4 just laying here - I did set an alarm to take my meds at night.
 

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Oh how I remember...finding some semblance of comfortable ...adjusting...readjusting...then...nature calls!:groan:
These are the tough days for sure.
Temporary recovery business!
Stay ahead of that pain..glad you set an alarm for night.

Good mojo coming at you! :)
 

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Happy healing Joe! Hope your recovery is fast . . . but another vote for going slow and not rushing it! I made that mistake and have paid the price . . . extending my recovery time! The problem is . . . no one can really tell you where the line is between a good walk and too much. Even your body will lie to you!!!
 

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Glad you're home, Joe :yay:
Hope you're able to sneak in some comfy naps :yawn: :sleep:
Don't underestimate the power of ice :ice:
It can bring you so much relief. Easing swelling and pain.
Josephine recommends sessions be no less than 40-60 mins several time per day.
I iced constantly and suffered only tolerable and minimal pain. I swear by it. :ice:
Hope you can rest comfortably today.
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Hi @JoeKnows,

Welcome to the club. I am just 4 weeks out today. Glad you are comfortable at home. Just wanted to let you know in advance that the first couple of days home can be pretty rough... and more painful than the hospital... swelling starts to really set in 48 - 72 hours post op. So don't worry if this is your experience. Perfectly normal, as is tender bruising that goes all the way down your leg (as I found out). The next couple of days might be uncomfortable, so stay on top of your pain meds and rest as much as possible.

Cheers
 

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One thing I forgot to mention. I see you are quite young (like me... but younger!). Don't assume that because you are young that your will heal faster. I made this mistake and my surgeon set me straight at my one week post op. His words (paraphrased hear for brevity): "the body heals at a set rate". Some much older people heal faster, some young people heal more slowly. The point is, if you are recovering more slowly than you think you should be because you are younger, don't get disappointed. Recovery from hip replacement is a long haul recovery, regardless of your age. So don't get discouraged :)
 
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Thanks all. Just took a shower, which was difficult. I felt safer standing up than sitting in the chair because it felt pretty flimsy and the hard seat was very uncomfortable. But the log leg seemed to get better afterward.

I really suspect the fracture is the bigger problem for me right now - anything involving my quad is difficult, but I've found work around. Because of that I'm not going to worry about walking except when I have to for today. Asked my doc if I can take Aleve or something on top of Norco (5/325) and Tramadol, but if someone here knows the answer already let me know. Pretty nice that the doc uses an app, so I can basically just text him and wait for a response

No depression or anything yet. I do have a tendency for the blues, so I credit my positive mental state to this board!
 

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Hi @JoeKnows,

I would take the advice of your surgeon regarding Naproxin (Alieve) or any other NSAIDs... it seems to be a controversial topic on this forum. There have been some studies demonstrating retarded bone growth with NSAIDs (though more recent studies point to limited if any ill effects on prosthetic and bone integration). SO it appears the jury is still out on that one. To boot, if you are on blood thinners (like aspirin for example), timing can be an issue because the NSAIDs can interfere with the anti-clotting function of the blood thinner. I asked my surgeon this exact some thing (Advil has been the only really effective pain killer for me, and that includes narcotics). He advised that it was fine for me to take it, but sparingly. So wait to hear what your surgeon has to say.

Cheers
 

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