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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by lovofu, Mar 5, 2018.
Spinal anesthesia. Dr said it HARD but no details
Hi and Welcome to recovery!
Please find the Recovery Article below. Hope that you're resting comfortably and your pain is well
managed. You can fill us in after you've had some rest.
Warm wishes for a peaceful first night on the recovery side!
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
BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy5. At week 4 and after you should follow this
Activity progression for THRs
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.
Well y'know what? It might have been hard for him but you knew nothing about it!
Yay. All done.
This is all rather jolting.
We will be here when you are up to it.
Sleep all you can.
Well this is humiliating I was pretty out of it and just peed the bed! Oyvey
It'll be okay. They are used to it.
At least you are going!
All systems go!
Hahaha! I beat ya.....did it in recovery!
Hey...we're not responsible for what we do under the influence.
Just think of the things you might be able to get by with
There.....now you won't feel so humiliated and all alone.
First night home OUCH this is hard
Welcome to the other side! Are you icing and elevating? Taking your pain meds as prescribed, around the clock? Recovery will get easier everyday. Hope you are getting some rest.
It IS. Jaycey is just right. Do only what you must...ice all you can, keep on those meds.
This is the tough part. All temporary.
Don't forget to stay hydrated, I kept my hospital sippy cup close by... and I started on stool softeners with those meds!
This too shall pass..healing hugs!
I remember with first hip being amazed with how hard first week was. There’s an article in the library here on the 5 p’s of hip recovery that describes this well. While it doesn’t remove the ouch, it lets us know we are normal.
Hope your pain is managed. Ice, rest and elevation a long with short walks around house helped me @lovofu. I noticed improvement week but week. A month after being where you are I am walking around house with minimal use of cane and getting back to life stuff. Just give healing time.
I did get behind on meds today ai will stay on top of it
Adjusting at home is a challenge initially but you'll soon find your groove.
I hope you have help. A week from now you'll be able to look back and see the progress
you made. All the "firsts" will be behind you and you'll be fine tuning what works for you.
Hope today is a good day! Sleep whenever you're able, it's so great for healing.
Is really hard first days....
Stay medicated, elevated, and iced.
All the rest will come
Thank GOD for this forum. 3 days post op and so swollen with burning pain but I know it’s not uncommon!
While it doesn’t make the pain go away, it does help to know we are normal @lovofu. I really found ice and elevation the best help for the swelling and burning. It does get better!
@lovofu those first few days are brutal. It will get better (and it happens faster than you think!) Don't be afraid to take those pain meds. I had to take them regularly for three weeks and then that was pretty much it. (just to note that it was much better after the first few days. It also helps once you're digestive system gets regulated. learned that one the hard way.) Just once in a while use Tylenol now. You've got this! Are you able to find a comfortable place to lie down?
You're right about pain being common in the early days.
Cling to the ice it truly helps. I used it constantly.
Stay on schedule with the meds and you'll start to notice improvement quicker than you imagined.
It's rough but you'll get through it and we'll be here to encourage and support....so stay in touch.
I hope your day is peaceful and your able to rest comfortably.
End of day 3 and if I don’t have a bowel movement soon I will freak out. Doing Colace and prunes and lots of water. When is it time for a laxative
Magnesium works for me.