THR Tarajeane has a new hip


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Feb 5, 2019
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I’m 42 and scheduled for hip replacement on June 5. I was in a car accident when I was 18 and shattered my hip so currently I have a lot of metal in it. Anyone in a similar situation to where they are doing a revision surgery?

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@Tarajeane You might notice I moved your post to a thread of your own. You will get much more response from our members here.

We have many members who have had hardware replaced by a new hip. I think you will find THR a much easier recovery.
:hi: @Tarajeane
Today is the day you get rid of that horrid hip pain!:yes!:
Wishing you all the best and will look for you on the healing side!:yes:
Thinking of you and wishing you all the best today @Tarajeane
We'll look forward to hearing from you on the Recovery side once you're resting comfortably
and feel like updating.
I'll bet you do great! :yes!:
I hope all went smoothly and you are recovering pain free with a shiny new hip.
Hi everyone! I’m doing great:) definitely having a lot of stiffness and some pain but over all well. Walked three times yesterday with the walker and today 2X also had physical therapy and went well. I’m waiting now to be discharged and talk with dr


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Wahoo, @Tarajeane! You made it! It will be a slog at least through the early part of recovery, or at least it was for me, but being free of all those pre-surgery jitters and the deep, persistent aching of a bad hip meant that I was a happy camper following surgery. Best of luck to you as you transition to the post-surgery forum, I'm guessing, and start getting your life back. Congrats!
@Tarajeane Welcome to the other side. I moved your thread to the recovery forum. Please keep all your updates and questions on this thread so that we have a history in one place if we need to advise you.

Here are your recovery article to refer to:

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:
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.
Welcome to Recovery! :welome: :yay: Congrats on your new hip.
I hope you're resting comfortably and your pain is well managed.
Safe travels home today. Stop by and update when you're feeling up to it...we'll be here.
Healing hugs coming your way. :friends:
Fantastic news @Tarajeane! Good to see you on the recovery side! I hope all continues to go well for you, slow and steady though! Have a peaceful evening! :flwrysmile:
Feeling good today, sore and little stiff. I’m concerned about how much my leg is swollen especially the knee! Anyone else have this problem?

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Anyone have a lot of knee swelling after THR?

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Anyone have a lot of knee swelling after THR?
One of the most common complaints post THR is knee pain and swelling. Your knee gets grabbed quite aggressively to access the hip joint. Ice that knee if you can. This should ease in a few days and you might get some lovely bruising as well.
Hi @Tarajeane, yes on the knee swelling! As Jaycey said, a lot of us had that happen. Some have ankle swelling as well. I should have kept ice on mine but was too busy icing my hip to think about it :heehee:! Since I didn't ice, my knee swelling lasted a week or two. It may ache for awhile thanks to all of the twisting involved. So you might need an ice pack on the hip and knee. :ice:
Hi everyone, I had me surgery on Wednesday June 5 and feeling great. Definitely a lot of stiffness and sore but no real pain:) I was wondering how long everyone uses the walker for? My leg still feels pretty weak

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Glad to see you are on the road to recovery!:ok:
I was wondering how long everyone uses the walker for? My leg still feels pretty weak
:giggle: it's only been three days.:)
You will need to use your walker for as many days as you feel you need to until you can try the cane.
Your leg is not is injured.:yes:

It needs assistance in these crucial first days of recovery.
The walker was very stabilizing for me as I had some unexpected bouts of dizziness and two injured legs.
As I believe HoppyNanny mentioned...try not to compare with others...different bodies, different surgeries, and different recoveries.
All temporary and I know you will do just great!
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@Tarajeane My PT had an interesting theory. She told me if I tried to go off my walker and developed a limp then I was not ready and should still use it. I don't limp when using the walker and she said try and use less pressure holding it to gradually strengthen the surgery leg and gain confidence. I think I'll be awhile on my walker.:flwrysmile:
@Tarajeane I agree with all the above! Cecropia brought up a important point about the limping too. I was a "late bloomer" and used mine probably through about week 6. I'd have to go back and read my own thread, but it took me awhile. It's way too early for you to add that worry to your recovery. It's all good! :SUNsmile:
Today is day 6 and my leg is still very swollen. My knee hurts so much I can barely bend it. And having a lot of hip pain. Shouldn’t every day start to get a little better?

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