We’ll update your signature and leave our Recovery Guidelines for you to read with a clear head before surgery, if you have the time. Wishing you comfort as you wait, an uneventful surgery and easy recovery. Until next time….
As you begin healing, please keep in mind that each recovery is unique. While the BoneSmart philosophy successfully works for many, there will be exceptions. Between the recommendations found here, your surgeon's recovery protocol and any physical therapy you may engage in, the key is to find what works best for 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
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
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.
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Don't be a hero, take it from someone who made the mistake. I felt great post-op did all of the tricks so everyone thought I was the greatest THR patient ever. Then the sweats and pain started and it took quite a bit to knock it back and teach me a lesson.
Congrats on the new hip! I'm not going to scold, just hope you're icing.
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Best Wishes and lots of comfort as you begin the healing journey once again. @Moosehead
No scold here. I was walking immediately after my surgery. At first with a walker ... and in a week or less than a week with a cane. Eighteen minutes sounds sane.
The trick is to be aware that the pain of overdoing it often doesn't occur during the walk--it often appears a day or two later. If and when you get that (it's almost impossible not to overdo it at some point) then immediately take some chill days. And be aware that the overdoing it pain can be vicious, nasty. So take your time.
Thank you @Layla. Much appreciated. Please change title as you would like for the forum.
Icing every 1-2 hours with elevated leg a majority of the day, only Tylenol and Aspirin thus far. Pain and discomfort is thus far less than pre-surgery. A bad back had me worried with no stretching or inactivity but just moving about carefully has helped tremendously using safety and pain as a guide. Candidly, only big challenges thus far are lack of sleep and little to no strength in operated hip flexor. Incision is clean and dry with just a bit of tautness and some minor heat.
Above walk is no crutches and a lesser limp than pre THR. Left knee no longer juts outboard, and no longer duck toed. A bit of a miracle.