Staff member since August 15, 2017
- Mar 8, 2017
- United States
Ok, I'll scold.Gonna get a scolding, but here it is, 3 days post-op.
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
If it gave you some encouragement that your new hip actually works, I can give you that.
However, in my opinion, the energy that walk took should have been going toward healing... and pushing your body so early out is really not helpful.
It may seem like you are doing nothing, but your body's energy stores are busy doing things like making and restoring lost blood, repairing soft tissue damage, and beginning the process of producing the important building blocks to insuring proper bone growth into your new prosthesis so it can be solid and not loosen.
Shorter walks will be more helpful these early days.
Very true!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)
Certainly when I had my BTHR, I saw members who were overly ambitious who didn't seem to suffer any long-term consequences, but even though I am kind of known for somewhat risky adventurous behavior...I wanted to make sure my new hips had all the healing time possible.
These early days are crucial.
All only because I worry!