Thank you, that's great advice. My Dad had both hips replaced and my younger sister had her left hip replaced. Both in Ireland, not the US. I'm a martial artist and have only been able to put this off this long because of doing PT for a month or two, learning as much as I could from the process and then continuing my own flexibility and strengthening program. Compared to Ireland, the amount of PT they want you to do here post a hip replacement is excessive I think and to a certain extent, I feel it is taking advantage of patients. I'm by no means inferring PT is not worth while, but it should be appropriate. I'll be focusing on getting back walking mostly. It will be so nice to eventually walk without discomfort.PT regimens vary greatly, but one of the most important things to remember is all hips really need to recover is walking. Hopefully PT will help you evaluate and improve getting in and out of bed, making sure your walker is adjusted properly etc. What ever you do DON’T let them push you in anyway that causes discomfort. You won’t be rehabbing a sports injury, you will be healing from major surgery, aggressive PT will set you back, not speed your recovery.
That's funny.Hi @Kevininnc
I think the squeaking is pretty rare but can understand your concern! I worked in a school and my hip clicked (pre-surgery). It was embarrassing and distracting when the kids were doing their standardized testing.
(On a lighter note, I gotta say it gave me the giggles thinking about a squeaky hip in a quiet, serious performance. Not funny if is happening to you, of course.)
Talk to your surgeon about it. I bet he or she will reassure you.
Thanks for the info. It will be interesting to see the extent of in home PT in my case. I have a ridiculously high pain threshold and have recovered stupidly fast from surgery in the past but I'm being ultra conservative about this one because I know that hip surgery is no joke on the body. The high pain threshold may sound like a good thing but it so isn't. Pain is your body's warning system and mine is only half working basically.Hello and welcome! My at-home PT consisted in the therapist checking my mom’s house (where I was recovering) for any safety issues, seeing how I was doing getting out of bed and standing up, checking how I was moving around the house, and making recommendations about what walking aids I needed to be using for safety. Exercises were just things like lifting the leg up, moving it out to the side, or rolling up onto my toes, no more than 10x. After a while, the therapist put a belt around my waist for safety and had me walk into the living room and back to bed. First with the aid, then without. He told me when it was safe to go from the walker to the cane, also. Other than that, he also checked my heart rate and blood pressure every time he came.
That was really it. Good luck with your surgery next week!
Thank you, thank you. Good info here that I have not been able to find. My surgeon is supposed to respond to my questions tomorrow so this is perfect timing already having this knowledge in hand.Squeaking occurred with ceramic on ceramic devices. Most people don't get ceramic on ceramic. Most people these days get ceramic on cross-linked polyethylene. The cross-linked polyethylene is the liner to the hip cup (acetabular cup) ... Ceramic on ceramic devices traditionally do not have liners.
So unless you're getting ceramic on ceramic, you can let go of your worry ...
But actually, you really don't need to worry even if you get ceramic on ceramic. There are excellent surgeons who use ceramic on ceramic and my sense is the squeaking was a problem among some patients with an earlier generation of the devices. I think the manufacturers went to work to solve that problem.
I don't sense this is a problem anymore.
Sounds like you have a good plan @Kevininnc. Being an active guy with a high pain threshold, letting your body rest enough to heal will be your biggest challenge. The fact that you are aware of that is a big step in the right direction. Recovery isn’t quick, but I think you will be pleased with the results.I have a ridiculously high pain threshold and have recovered stupidly fast from surgery in the past but I'm being ultra conservative about this one because I know that hip surgery is no joke on the body.