Bilateral THR Life is good


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Dec 16, 2020
Australia Australia
Hi everyone. I’ve never posted on a forum before but have been diligently reading the supportive posts over the last couple of months and felt it might help others to tell my story.

At 51 years of age, I’ve played sport all of my life and have always lived with “discomfort” in both hips - for as long as I can remember. As such I felt that it was normal and that I just had tight hips.

Little signs along the way should have been noticed that all was not good with my hips.

I was learning to ski with my son about 10 years ago and could not snow plough - requires a certain degree of internal rotation which I didn’t have.

About 6 years ago I was riding a borrowed bike which had a very low seat. After riding for an hour I could hardly walk.

Fast forward to today and I’m 11 weeks (surgery on 28/9/20) into my rehab from bilateral hip replacement - one directly after the other with a cup of tea by the surgeon in between I‘ve been told. I have since found that he is one of the top surgeons in Melbourne. Dr Andrew Shimmin is his name and he has been exceptional. He made a comment while I was in hospital that has really stuck. I eagerly wanted to know where my progress should be after 4 weeks. He said, “Don’t worry about the next 4 weeks, it’s all about the next 40 years”.

My recovery follows many of the stories recounted here.

Starting on crutches and keeping them for about 5 weeks I thought my recovery was slow - I envisioned I’d be doing my old 6km walk after a month. I really had to learn to slow down and treat my recovery as totally separate from everyone else’s. I’ve never been one to take medication and stopped taking panadol after the 2nd week. I felt most of the pain where the surgeon made the incision (posterior for both) and then made his way to the hip joint. Still have slight pain on both sides but it is negligible.

Hips are the real hero of my story. After 11 weeks I am walking without discomfort - only pain in the right calf after a brisk walk. Where I’ve been amazed is in the range of pain free motion that has returned - if it was ever there in the first place. It’s a great feeling to step legs double hip width apart and not notice anything except the inside of the thighs tightening - the simple things in life!

I know my progress will not be linear and so many of the stories here have confirmed this and given me a sense of relief and hope. I still have a fair way to go to meet my expectations but know with alot of patience I will get there.
:wave: Welcome to BoneSmart @GoTiges
Congratulations on your new hips and getting back to a pain free life.:yahoo:
I, too, am so grateful for having two new hips to stay healthy and happy.
You are on the up side, it seems.
There is still healing happening and lots of improvements to come, so keep all slow and steady as not to suffer any setbacks.

New Hips Rock!:banana-santa:
Hello and Welcome! Thanks for joining us. It seems you’re doing well and on your way.
I’ll leave a copy of our Recovery Guidelines below. While at 11 weeks post op some of this info may not pertain, you may find some of it beneficial. Thanks for sharing an update, we hope to read more going forward.
A great Thursday to you!

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:
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. Here is a week-by-week guide

6. Access to these pages on the website

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 the at each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
@GoTiges Congratulaions on your new hips :) It sounds like you are doing very well with your recovery! It's good to see you here at BoneSmart.
“Don’t worry about the next 4 weeks, it’s all about the next 40 years”
This is SO true! Eyes on the prize and work at your own pace. Sounds like you are well on your way to living again.
“Don’t worry about the next 4 weeks, it’s all about the next 40 years”.

I really like this a lot. It's hard to look that far down the road when we are looking through the fog of post op pain, but when that fog clears we have a long beautiful road into the future.
I’ve always been goal orientated and wanted to tick the boxes i.e. 2 crutches, 1 crutch, no crutches, no limp etc. It was putting unecessary pressure on my recovery. I still find myself falling back into this mindset. At the moment I’m struggling to kneel down all the way to the ground. Just got to let it happen when it’s ready.
Just got to let it happen when it’s ready.

Yes! And it will happen. Slow and steady you’ll get there.
Happy Three Month Anniversary :wave: Wishing you all the best in 2021!
@GoTiges :xmas-wave-smiley-emoticon: Sounds like you are doing extremely well! We all like to put some kind of measurement on our progress but it really does put undue pressure on us. Just continue to take one step at a time and listen to your body, you'll eventually get back to your normal 6 km waljs. Remember, just because you can kneel down to the ground, doesn't always mean you can get back up! And can tell you from experience with only one THR that it's not always pretty getting back up! :rotfl:
Happy Four Month Anniversary!
With any luck 2021 is off to a good start for you. How is your new hip is doing?
Hope all is good. Stay safe and well! :)

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