Lounge Doctor
Ask the Expert Webinar

THR New Hip was the best Christmas present

DinVegas

junior member
Joined
May 3, 2017
Messages
53
Age
63
Location
Las Vegas
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
I had my second hip replacement on December 17 and am happy to report I am feeling pretty great. It was different from my first, in that the drugs made me more loopy and I had to request additional medication for break through pain prior to leaving the hospital. I could not imagine driving home in the pain I was in.

Once home my recovery was fantastic. I ditched my walker by day 4 or 5 and started using a cane. The over all body pain caused by my hip was gone. I had been experiencing back pain and shoulder pain from relying on a cane but now I'm pretty much using the cane for security. I've been able to use only Tylenol during that day and my heavier pain medicine at night. I am really hoping that this trend continues. I got a bit cocky and didn't ice as much as I should for a few days and can feel the impact of that - so I'm back to icing.

My doctor believes that walking is the best therapy so I'm getting some steps in. The doctor's office will give me some stretches to do after my six week check up. They are having me come in at four weeks because my other hip implant slipped a bit and they are being cautious.

My outlook for 2020 feels fantastic. I've experienced so much pain in the last few years due to bad knees and hips. The prospect of moving without pain is amazing to me.
 

Pumpkln

MODERATOR
Moderator
Joined
Oct 27, 2011
Messages
23,335
Location
United States, West
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
@DinVegas
:welome: to the other side, Again!!

Here's your copy of Hip Recovery Guidelines for your second THR, the articles are short and will not take long to read.

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:
rest
ice
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. At week 4 and after you should follow this

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.
 
OP
OP
DinVegas

DinVegas

junior member
Joined
May 3, 2017
Messages
53
Age
63
Location
Las Vegas
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
I may have joined the ODIC in the last few days. It doesn’t seem like I did that much but my right leg hurts to walk on. I’ve doubled up on icing and although I had put away my walker - I just pulled it out again. I feel more balanced using the walker than my cane. I’m able to take some of the weight off of my leg.

Although I’m hurting I remind myself that I’m in less pain then before my surgery and that my left hip feels great. So I just have to remember it takes time to heal.
 

Calgal

graduate
Joined
Jun 6, 2019
Messages
640
Age
63
Gender
Female
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Although I’m hurting I remind myself that I’m in less pain then before my surgery and that my left hip feels great.
Ain't it amazing!! Something to be grateful for every day.


So I just have to remember it takes time to heal.
Rx: repeat this every 4 hours. :heehee:

Sounds like you know what to do when you go overboard a bit. Rest, ice, try again another day - perhaps a notch down. Stay sensible. You'll get there before you know it. Happy healing. :thumb:
 

Fit4Family

post-grad
Joined
Mar 29, 2019
Messages
1,493
Age
59
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
Hello @DinVegas Happy you can see glimmers of your stable hip in the not distant future. A week or so behind you, so I know how easy it is to overdo it. Tried cane yesterday and while I can do it, my walker will be there for awhile longer. The hand pain is real. I ice my forearm and palm while I ice my hip. It does help. You have been through a number of surgeries so I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.

Congratulations on your new hip. Hope it brings you pain free days in 2020.
 

Layla

SENIOR FORUM ADVISOR
Senior Forum Advisor
Joined
Jun 26, 2017
Messages
23,384
Location
Minnesota
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
A belated Happy One Month Anniversary!
I hope all is well. Please leave an update, we'd love to read of your progress.
Have a great rest of the week!
@DinVegas
 
OP
OP
DinVegas

DinVegas

junior member
Joined
May 3, 2017
Messages
53
Age
63
Location
Las Vegas
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
My one month anniversary slipped right by me. I'm recovering well, I think much better than with my first hip replacement. I still sometimes over work my leg and have to step back and restrict some movements. The PA at my doctor's office has been great to talk to. I explained what was hurting and where exactly and she told me it was just my muscles reacting to new movement; take it slower and gave me some tramadol for those days that offer more of a challenge.
I'm still using my cane in public, partially so people may be a bit more alert and not bump into me. At home I keep losing my cane and having to hunt it down.

I've planned a hiking trip to Sedona in May. It was something I wanted to do with my husband before all of my joints starting to fail. We'll keep to the easier trails but I'm really looking forward to this trip.
 

CricketHip

FORUM ADVISOR
Forum Advisor
Joined
Jul 12, 2015
Messages
4,763
Location
PA.
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
Wonderful update! It's crazy isn't it? How our 2 hips heal so differently?
Smart girl for using the cane in public.
And congrats for taking things cautiously and slowly.. It pays off in the long run. Your hiking plans sound lovely, I was hiking in the foothills and canyons in Co Springs earlier this month. Had no issues whatsoever.. I was just over 6 months and had a harder time with this recent right hip,

I think you will do just fine. Especially since you know to pace yourself.
 

Layla

SENIOR FORUM ADVISOR
Senior Forum Advisor
Joined
Jun 26, 2017
Messages
23,384
Location
Minnesota
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
Well it's a special day for Lefty. Two Months already! I hope you continue to do well. I'll bet you're looking forward to you trip in May with two new hips and no more hip pain.
Happy Two Month Anniversary!
@DinVegas
 

Layla

SENIOR FORUM ADVISOR
Senior Forum Advisor
Joined
Jun 26, 2017
Messages
23,384
Location
Minnesota
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
Happy Four Month Anniversary.
I hope your recovery is going smoothly. With any luck your trip is still on?
Be safe and stay well!
@DinVegas
 

New

Active Antibacterial

BoneSmart #1 Best Blog

Staff online

Members online

Forum statistics

Threads
52,592
Messages
1,399,767
BoneSmarties
32,801
Latest member
doxie girl
Recent bookmarks
0

Top Bottom