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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by SarahBee, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. SarahBee

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    My first post, although I have been lurking and reading for a few days.....

    I have suffered through right pain hip for a long time and had become increasingly sedentary to protect against the pain. It finally became so bad, I thought my husband would need to carry me from the grocery!

    On February 6, I saw my PCP who ordered xrays of both hips and lower back. The back looks good, the left hip is "okay" but the right hip is bone on bone. I am in PT now to strengthen and loosen up the joint and muscles. It feels better to walk, most of the time. I will see the OS on 2/26 and know where I am going from there.

    I suspect surgery is going to be the answer but will leave it to the OS. My concerns now are how to deal with post surgery and what I need to be ready for that. Cart before the horse but that's where my mind is running.

    Mostly needing a little support.....
     
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    Hi,
    Welcome to BoneSmart. Thanks for joining us. You've come to the right place for support.

    I'm sorry you're struggling and in pain. Thankfully there is an answer and it will bring you relief.
    Following are a few articles you may find helpful as you move forward. Stop back often, we're here for you.
    Wishing you comfort as you move forward. :console2:

    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?
    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 @SarahBee
     
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    Thanks, @Layla. I'm not sure what I expect or want at this point. Except relief from the pain and my life back! I'm trusting this doctor visit will bring some clarity. Looking forward to all the reading available here to help me along :flwrysmile:
     
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    It is a difficult time trying to figure it all out, but you will through the help of your OS.
    Let us know how your appt goes on the 26th.
    Stop by day or night, lights never go out here.
    Hugs
    @SarahBee
     
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    @SarahBee We have all been in that same space. The shock of diagnosis and the threat of facing surgery.

    Please don't go wild with that PT pre-op. You don't want to aggravate a bone on bone hip. Plenty of time to strength and get your ROM back after all is healed.

    Roll on 26 February!
     
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    You need to do a little research on your surgeon. Find out how many hip replacements he does in a year. I'd suggest a target of 100-130. If he does less, perhaps 50-60 then don't take him on. He's what we call a 'hobbyist' and his throughput will work out at about 1 a week. Not good enough. It's your hip and you only get on go at this. Make sure it's right. We have an article with scores of questions you can choose from. Read this Choosing a surgeon and a prosthesis
     
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    I will check into this, @Josephine He is part of an orthopedic institute and his areas are hip and knee. Each surgeon has specialty areas so it should be easy enough to get this answer.

    Thanks for the suggestion
     
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    Ah, that's a good point to know. You need to be seeing someone who is a specialist hand surgeon, not even and upper limb surgeon!
     
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    My GP gave me the best advice that helped my decision. He explained that I will never be as young as I am now and that I was in good health. And that was the best reasons to go ahead and get it done and enjoy it. Aside from that the thing to understand that it's not a day or a week at the beach. It's a commitment for recovery that will take 3 mos minimum and will be a slow go. Accept all of that and have faith in your OS.
     
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    I totally agree with what Eman85 says… some recoveries are quicker than others but we all get there eventually.. At 58 I thought I was too young for the op but so glad I did it!
     
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    While waiting to see the OS next week, I have been reading many of the threads and suggested material. One thing I am wondering, is it necessary that I make any decision about the type of implant to be used. The only thing I really know is not metal on metal.

    if I trust the OS, should I likewise trust his choice of materials? Is this something I need to spend a fair amount of time on?
     
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    @SarahBee
    I trusted that my OS knew what he was doing. I have a titanium piece that goes into the femur with a ceramic head and a plastic socket.
    To be honest it isn't something I gave any thought to but was interested to see the implant which the physio showed me beforehand.
     
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    @Bionic that's where I am at this point. It's like not needing to know details of how the surgery will be done. Just choosing someone who knows how to do it successfully
     
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    Not at all. Let the surgeon choose the implant they are most familiar with given your own medical situation and lifestyle.
     
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    Great answer, as I would not know where or how to begin! :shrug:
     
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    I went looking for an OS I could have confidence in. My replacement was a little more complicated due to pins previously inserted. I wanted someone that had dealt with that before and wanted to do the job. I went to my OS a couple of times before I agreed to the surgery. It was after that time when someone in his office told me about the approach and the brand of hip. What I was really impressed with was the program he had. It started with the pre-op visit which came with a handbook and then a pre-op class at the hospital. Also great communication with his nurse and called me back every time I had a question. All of that turned out to be very important and made it easier to understand the journey. I didn't come to this forum until I was occupying myself on the lap top during recovery. I was given a very realistic timeline for recovery and just what limitations I might have in the future. My OS was very conservative as far as that goes and for good reasons. He doesn't want me to screw up his work by doing dumb things.
     
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    Have my OS visit tomorrow. Physical therapist has suspended any further PT until I have been seen and evaluated by him. Keeping my fingers crossed that moves along, as I have had a horribly painful weekend.
     
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    All the best to you as you get answers today!
     
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    Thanks, @Mojo333 Anything will be better than this painful limbo. :bored:
     
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    Good Morning, Sarah :wave:
    Best wishes for your visit with the OS today.
    Let us know how it goes if you feel like sharing.
    Wishing you comfort.
    @SarahBee
     
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