I had back pain and fairly bad sciatica down my left leg before my THR. The numbness and pins and needles sensation used to travel from my foot right up to mid thigh during the last 12 months before my surgery (previously I only had tingling sensations in my left foot and ankle region). And my leg would suddenly go weak at the knee causing imbalance whilst walking.I'm very hopeful about back improvements after the THR. I'll just have to wait and see what happens.
Did your surgeon explain why you would be partial weight bearing for a couple of weeks? That said, although my OS said I could do full weight bearing immediately, the condition of my hip did not allow that (I don't think it was stable enough, with cut muscles, weak joint capsule etc), and I actually was not doing full weight bearing for a few weeks post-op! So maybe your surgeon is simply stating what you would likely be able to do in the first couple of weeks?I was surprised to learn that I will be 50% weight bearing for a couple of weeks after I get home. I didn't expect that. But no bending restrictions....only a ban on moving my leg out to the side for a while.
I'm having a lateral approach so there will be some muscles cut (the abductor muscles).maybe your surgeon is simply stating what you would likely be able to do in the first couple of weeks?
Are you having the anterior approach? Did the surgeon say whether and what muscles will be cut?
I too had a lateral approach and my surgeon told me my abductor muscles were cut.I'm having a lateral approach so there will be some muscles cut (the abductor muscles).
Be sure and ask the surgeon. Therapists and nurses often pass on old information just out of habit.The therapist didn’t known why. I’ll have to ask the surgeon when I go in for the procedure.
Thanks so much! It's getting really close now.Best wishes for your upcoming surgery Jamie!
I will, Jacey...thanks. I'm thinking this may be the problem and hopefully I will be able to weight bear from day one with my new hip. Gee, it sounds so funny to say that!!! Somehow the words "me" and "new hip" don't seem possible.Be sure and ask the surgeon. Therapists and nurses often pass on old information just out of habit.
You just described how I was before I had my right hip surgery. It was 14 weeks ago and it feels great now, just working on building the muscles again. I saw my surgeon a couple of weeks ago and he said I will get my left hip done within 5 months.For me, it was intermittent groin pain, hip pain and back pain, I unknowingly attributed my back pain to my back, not my hip. I did not resort to using an assistive device pre-op, because I didn’t need one. I took OTC meds on occasion only, because I don’t like them. As my surgery neared, I also experienced pain in the front of my thigh extending down to my knee. The biggest thing for me was the realization my world was shrinking. I was circling the parking lot, looking for the closest place to the door, declining invitations based on steps I may need to climb, or distances I may need to walk. I was leaning heavily on my shopping cart while at the store for support and less stress on my hip. I couldn’t even leisurely shop, it became In & Out, necessities only. No leisurely shopping…that’s where I draw the line!!! In reality, it was time, there were a lot of silent tears, anxiety and all of the emotional stuff that most of us need to work through before scheduling surgery.