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Hi all, back again. I had a TKR last May, 2019. I am having a THR July 28. Looking forward to getting it donE and being able to get out and move again.
I hear it is much less painful and healing time is shorter.

how many of you did PT? I’m thinking I want some To help get my muscle tone back. Just as knee was feeling good, hip got bad and I haven’t been able to work it much. Last couple of months I’m basically sitting.

looking forward to meeting you all.
 

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Hello @lopat - and :welome: to the hippie side.
I've added your name to the July Sparklers surgery list.

To answer your question - hips don't need a lot of exercise to recover. See the Big Tip in the hip recovery guidelines.
I'll give you the pre-op reading and then the recovery guidelines, so you'll be all set for your THR.

If you are at the stage where you have joint pain but don't know for sure if you are ready to have surgery, these links may help:
Score Chart: How bad is my arthritic hip?
Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis
BMI Calculator - What to do if your surgeon says you're too heavy for joint replacement surgery
Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?

If you are at the stage where you are planning to have surgery but are looking for information so you can be better prepared for what is to come, take a look at these links:
Recovery Aids: A comprehensive list for hospital and home
Recliner Chairs: Things you need to know if buying one for your recovery
Pre-Op Interviews: What's involved?

And if you want to picture what your life might be like with a replaced hip, take a look at the posts and threads from other BoneSmarties provided in this link:
Stories of amazing hip recoveries
 

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And here are the recovery guidelines:
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.

While members may create as many threads as they like in the 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 the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
 

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I hear it is much less painful and healing time is shorter.
This is very much dependent on the condition of the joint at the time of surgery and how mobile you are pre-op. My first THR recovery took over 12 months as the joint had collapsed. Second one I was back to working from home at 4 weeks and back in the office at 6 weeks.

I would recommend PT only after you fully healed. You may not need it at all. But I have lower back issues so PT that specialised in spinal issues was a big help.
 

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A new hip on my birthday!!!:wave:
Really good day for beginning recovery so you can get back to a happy pain free life!!!
 
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Thanks guys! My hip is pretty much bone on bone. It got really bad late April early May to where I Couldn’t walk much at all. My knee surgeon had moved away so I had to find a new one. He comes with HIGH reviews. I was scheduled 5/28. 5/24 I had an emergency appendectomy. (So much easier to recuperate from than a knee surgery!) Strangely my hip didn’t bother me for a month. It has started hurting again so I’m glad I’m scheduled.

I enjoyed my PT with my knee. The therapists didn’t push me and it got me out and kept me motivated. My left leg isn’t as strong as before my knee surgery so I’m thinking after some healing I’d use it to help strengthen that whole leg. Lolol. Still gotta get right knee done.
 

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My left leg isn’t as strong as before my knee surgery so I’m thinking after some healing I’d use it to help strengthen that whole leg.
That sounds good - heal first, strengthen later.
 

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Hi @lopat ! Sorry about that appendix delay! But now you never have to worry about it, right? Teehee...

I did PT immediately post-op with right hip, and needed some a few months later to break up the adhesions (no idea if there was a connection; it wasn't an elegant incision to start with). I did nothing whatsoever for the left except the ever-present ankle pumps, and glute squeezes for comfort. Guess which one felt better sooner? Lefty!

I think that's a really good idea to save your benefits until you're well along. It'll be more rewarding that way!
 

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Welcome to the hip side @lopat. Like you, I started on the knee side and then joined the hippies here. The hip recovery is much easier than the knee and I had good knee recoveries. I did PT for my first knee OP but did not OP PT for my 2nd knee. They both feel about the same. I did have like 6 visits of in home PT for my knees and hips. With the hips it was more checking out my house for safety and making sure I was safe on the stairs even though I was taught stairs in the hospital before discharge. They would also show me some moves to try when I was able to but none of them were pushy about doing reps. I did not do any OP PT for either hip just walking. Slow and steady is my recovery mantra and it has worked well for me.
 

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I have no clue about knees and hope to never need to. Have had both hips done. My OS offered a prescription for PT but warned me they would hurt me and didn't recommend it. He wanted me to do some very basic PT at home. All basic movements and stretches mostly done in bed. with my first one it was a breeze to do these even leg lifts were easy from day one and had no log leg. The second one was different, I had log leg and couldn't lift my leg for some time. All I did for PT was ankle pumps, butt clenches and some heel slides for the first weeks. Past that I could lift my leg and started doing the other movements. Basically the bulk of my PT was and is walking.
 

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Hello @lopat
Well...tomorrow is your big day. Soon you‘ll be beyond surgery, resting and moving toward a brighter future pain free!
Will look forward to following your recovery on the healing side.
See you there soon. :wave: All the best to you.
 

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Sending best wishes for your surgery tomorrow and a smooth pain controlled recovery. Soon you will be on the shiny side :SUNsmile:(recovery) and moving forward. I hope we see you on the recovery pages. Just a hint. I set up my recovery page the day before surgery so it would be waiting for me. :flwrysmile:
 

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:hi:Healing vibes coming your way....
See you in recovery.
 

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