THR LTHR Day 6 Surgery 2/2/23


junior member
Nov 30, 2017
United States United States
Hello, I am back after a 5 year absence. History: March 2016 I fell down 8 stairs and broke the femoral neck on my RH. Surgeon pinned, slowly recovered until developing AVN and had a RTHR January 2018. I joined the forum late 2017 and you all helped with my recovery.
On Wednesday, February 1 while hand walking my horse he spooked, came down on the outside of my right shoe (no breaks) and bumped me. I landed hard on my left hip and left elbow. ER confirmed mild LH femoral neck fracture and elbow laceration (6 stitches). Surgeon said I could either pin or have total replacement. I am almost 74 so opted for THR. Surgeon agreed saying easier to recover from THR because of total weight bearing from the start.
Surgery late Thursday 2/2 -- anterior approach went well. Walked the hospital floor with walker the next AM (2/3). That afternoon did 16 steps up and down because I live in a 3 story home. Discharged Sat. 2/4 climbed to our 3rd floor with hospital bed, canes, walker, kitchen (ICE), and TV. My two dogs (Standard Poodle and Toy Poodle) plus two cockatiels are with me as is my husband. Meds: acetaminophen (650 mg every 4 hours), Celebrex (200 mg) & baby aspirin (2X daily), stool softener, 5mg oxycodone, generic Lyrica (PM only).
As of today: 500 mg. acetaminophen every 4-5 hours, Celebrex (AM only), Aspirin 2X, no stool softener, no Lyrica or oxcydodone (never needed). Icing often, resting, elevating and walking heel toe with walker around our small 3rd floor. Minimal exercise (slides, ankle pumps, butt and thigh isometrics). My surgeon believes walking is the best therapy, he is not big on PT. Today my husband will help me take a shower with the shower chair.:)
My worst pain is burning, stinging around incision. Feels like a hot poker at times. Ice helps and from what I have read on the forum this is normal healing. All in all I feel I am doing fine taking it very slow.
Follow up appointment next Tuesday 2/14 with physician's assistant.
Thank you to all the wonderful moderators who contribute their time and expertise. Some of you are still here from 2018!:thankyou:


ADMINISTRATOR Staff member since February 2011
Jan 27, 2010
United Kingdom United Kingdom
@3dognight Welcome back to BoneSmart! Sorry you had that accident and needed surgery. Our equine friends are not always as mild mannered as we would like.

Yes, some of us have been on BoneSmart quite awhile. I just realised I passed my 12 year anniversary here. Yikes!

Welcome to the double hippie club. I agree totally with your choice to go straight to THR. Much easier when you can weight bear immediately.
My surgeon believes walking is the best therapy, he is not big on PT.
Where have I heard this before? :whistle: If you remember from your last hip, we have been suggesting this approach for years. Worked great for me - twice.

Just in case you need a refresher, here are the latest recovery guidelines:

Hip Recovery: The Guidelines
We are all different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for YOU.“ Your doctor(s), physiotherapist(s) and BoneSmart are here to help. But you have the final decision as to what approach you use.

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 this BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy
5. Here is a week-by-week guide for Activity progression for THRs
6. Access 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 that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.

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