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Well, I’m home—thank God. Hip numéro deux was a little more painful post op, but the noise in the hospital was what drove me bonkers. Once I was happily in my own bed, with my two cat nurses, I perked up.

All seems to be going well. Minimal pain and quite a bit of mobility with forearm crutches. (Try using a walker in NYC apartment!)

My main concern is swelling. I feel like I have three legs. Ugh. Elevating with Doctor’s Lounge and ice, but the leg insists on being a giant redwood. And I am tethered to this wound vac thing until Monday.

Longing to get outside. So dat’s da scoop.
:kayak:
 

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Welcome to the healing side. I too have a small apartment in Staten Island NY. It’s a bit tight with the walker. They are giving me crutches too. Will see what’s easier once I get home.
 

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Hello @ty111 - and :welome:

Please will you tell us the full date of your hip replacement and which hip it is, so we can add that to your signature for you?
Thank you.:flwrysmile:

It's very common to have what we call "log leg" after a hip replacement. Rest, elevate, ice and take your medications on a regular schedule and the log leg will gradually start to feel more real.

Here are the Recovery Guidelines for hip recovery:
Hip Recovery: The Guidelines

People are all different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for YOU.“ Your doctor(s), physiotherapist(s) and BoneSmart are here to help, but YOU are the final judge as to the recovery approach you choose.

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. Try to 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 believe my dates are in signature
 

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Congrats on being on the healing side of double hippydom.
That poor traumatized leg (Redwood log leg:heehee: that's a BIG log leg) is playing possum so you will let it lay.
With that sucker (wound vac) hanging on, seems like there is no choices.
The weather is getting so nice that I'm sure you do want to get some good old Vitamin C.

One more day and maybe you will get a chance for a short sit outdoors.
All Temporary became my daily mantra post BTHR.
:yes:
Healing vibes coming your way.
 

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Yep, Netflix and Ice:ice:
 

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the leg insists on being a giant redwood
:heehee: At least you have a sense of humor about it. Hopefully it eases soon.
Happy One Week Anniversary! Stay in touch. :)
 

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I have watched so many Netflix movies! Is there a Netflix thread? Lol
 

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Happy One Month Anniversary!
How are you doing? We’d love to hear from you and share in the good news of your progress. Next time you stop by, leave an update if you have the time. Hope to hear from you soon.
Enjoy the week! :SUNsmile:

PS Happy Seven Months to, Righty, too!
@ty111
 

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