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  1. amy’s mom

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    Hi. I’m Amy’s Mom, from Tampa, FL. I am having my hip surgery in a few weeks and have been very busy with all the pre-op stuff.

    I am not nervous - yet - and can’t wait to get my life back. I am a pretty active 66yo who has been sidelined for over a month, waiting for my doc to tell me what’s up.

    I’ve done the PT, fluoroscopy, NSAIDS route... Nothing has helped. The pain is so intense, I could scream.

    So, finally I have a date. Now for some questions that have been nagging at me, if you don’t mind. What supplies do I need at home? Thankfully, we are all in one floor.

    What does Medicare pay for? I have an advantage plan. Should I call member services or does the surgeon take care of that?

    How can the surgeon make sure my legs will be even length?

    What do I need to know that I don’t even know that I need to know?

    So many ideas float around my head.

    Thanks and be well.
     
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    Hi @amy’s mom, your surgery is one day before @Tomgirl and myself. :yes!:
    Sorry, I won't be much help with most of your questions; I'm still waiting on surgeon's office to get back to me on my questions. For the supplies, there's a lot mentioned in other pre-op threads and maybe there's something in the library; not sure. One of the forum advisors will surely be along soon with your pre-op reading; might be in there.
    As for the leg length, as far as I'm aware, that gets checked whilst you / we are having the surgery. Maybe @Josephine can elaborate on that.
    All the best
     
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    One week before mine, there is so much helpful info on this site try and take some time to go through the pre-op posts you will also find so many friendly supportive people here to help us through this life changing event (for the better). It is important in my mind that you prepare the practical things well in advance so when you come home you can manage well. All the best, glad you found this site, so pleased I did :)
     
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    I am very afraid that is a given, my dear. There is nothing that will help with bone-on-bone pain. I've often said, whoever does manage to develop such a drug will be in line for a Nobel Prize for services to humanity!
    Here y'go!

    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:
    Longevity of implants and revisions: How long will my new joint last?
    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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    They will check this during your surgery. But don't be surprised if you feel a difference at first. Most new hippies feel a LLD but this feeling usually just fades away with a bit of time.
     
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    Thanks all. What’s an LLD?
     
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    LLD = leg length difference

    Usually at first everyone feels like they are different lengths. Most of the times this isn't the case. I have one that is a little less than a 1/4 inch. I wear a heel lift inside my shoe that evens things out.
     
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    Wait 3-4 months before using any lift - this usually just fades away.
     
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    @amy’s mom Hope you are ready to get rid of that hip pain. We will be thinking of you.
    Back to your life, super excited for you.
     
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    I had bilateral anterior approach. No 90 degree restrictions for me.
    I think you will find bending at 90 degrees or resting in that position isn't comfortable at first anyway so when I look back, probably wasn't doing too much of that anyway.
    You'll be wanting to do things gingerly at first if you see like most of us.
    You see alot of the "hit the ground running" folk usually hit the wall if they overdo.:groan:
     
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    You can Google search "hip kit", but the handiest thing in the kit is the sock-putter-onner awww.elderstore.com_images_products_KE32013RigidSockAidmedium.jpg
     
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    But how do you get your sock OFF?:scratch:
     
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    @Bumblebee --you use your grabber to push the socks down! My orthodontist group gives us the basic supplies prior to surgery (sock putter oner, long shoe horn, grabber). @amy’s mom - I purchased a separate grabber also--have continued to use them! Also, I used a walker afterwards and I ordered a tray from amazon that slips over the handles. This was really helpful since I live alone.

    In terms of insurance, I would call member services just to make sure you understand what is covered. Bills will start coming in fast in furious and you will have less anxiety if you know what to expect.

    Good luck!
     
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    Well, I am down to 3 more days before the HIP DAY! I can’t wait. If I could, I’d walk into the hospital dancing. The pain is outrageous, even my knee is acting up because I walk so off kilter. Been using the walker for a few weeks now as my balance is off, especially when something gets “caught” in my hip joint.

    Planning on giving Sammie, the cutie pie in my profile pic, a bath and a haircut. I get a haircut on Monday. Changing the bedding, making a meatloaf for the freezer, but not much else.SEE YOU ALL ON”the other side”!
     
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    Yay for leaving hip pain behind.:happydance: We will be waiting for you!
     
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    Hope it all goes well @amy’s mom , looking forward to reading your recovery story.
     
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    All the best on your big day! See you on the other side soon!
     
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    The irony of the approaching surgery is not that I have much in the way of anxiety or fear. I don’t. But I am feeling very emotional and tearful. Maybe because I am parting with a part of my body? Anybody else felt like that? Any insights?
     
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    YES! I can relate @amy's mom. Unlike you, I did have a lot of anxiety and fears pre op.
    But like you, I was also emotional and tearful. I didn't want to lose my natural God given hip.
    May sound crazy to some but I felt as though I was mourning the loss of a body part. I was going to be put to sleep, cut open and something that was part of Me, that was Mine, that I had since birth, was going to be removed and disposed of. I had "a tearful moment" alone by myself in the bathroom at the surgery center a few hours into recovery. As I looked in the mirror at my incision, what I could see of it through bandages, I quietly shed tears realizing it was reality, it really happened. I did adjust pretty quickly as I had no choice. I'm sure the fact that the nasty pre-op OA pain was finally gone helped immensely.
    You will adjust, life will go on, it will be better. I'm excited for you.
    Best wishes for comfort and peace of mind as you await your day! Will be watching for your recovery thread.
     
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    @amy's mom Is your surgery date correct?
     
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