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Hi everyone. Surgery yesterday went well. I had a sedative and a spinal, and next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery. Had a fair bit of pain and nausea over night, maybe due to the drugs, so I’m going to see if I can get by with just Tylenol plus Celebrex.
My surgeon told me everything went smoothly, but that my hip bone was “deeper” than he expected — a nice way of saying I have more fat on my hips than he thought! So the incision is fairly deep. Ice, here we come!
 

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Good that you are through this surgery and on to the recovery stage. I will leave you your very own recovery articles. These are short and you shall find them very helpful in your recovery journey.

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
elevate
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

BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy

5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

Activity progression for THRs

6. Access these pages on the website

Oral And Intravenous Pain Medications
Wound Care In Hospital



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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Hi @Tragically hip
Good to see you on the Healing Side. The first days were the especially tough bits of my recovery so try to do just roll with it.
Had a fair bit of pain and nausea over night, maybe due to the drugs, so I’m going to see if I can get by with just Tylenol plus Celebrex.
Nausea often is a side effect of the anaesthesia and is a common complaint by members. They had to do some tweaking of my pain meds the first 12 hours to get it right and often nausea meds can be prescribed to help.
I never like the way I feel taking pain medication but it was necessary for me especially early weeks to be able to stay comfortable and stay mobile.

All temporary, new hippy pal.
 
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Question of the day: do I need to worry about blood seeping through the wound dressing? I can see a few spots, new or larger since yesterday. It’s a waterproof dressing and because of COVID there’s no home care or anything. I don’t see a medical professional again til day 14 when the stitches come out. I’ll be changing the dressing myself at day 7.

Other than that, all is going well. Trundling around the house a bit with the walker, doing lots of reading!
 

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Usually a few spots seeing out do not indicate a problem.

You can always put in a quick phone call to your surgeon's office and check in with a nurse.
 

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