Hello Everyone and Update

First, I want to say WOW about the site upgrade! love it. I haven’t been on for a while, for about 7 months.

Why? well life took over. At my year checkup, my doctor said ” you look exactly the way you should, see you in FIVE years”

WAAAA five years!!! I thought I would be back in three but… no complaints here so five years it is.

To give you a time scale, I had my surgery on 9/18/2015 and I’m 40 now. For those who are reading this and are either fresh out the operating room or simply debating if you should go for it or not,  — its the best thing I ever did.

I had the posterior approach because I had a pretty deformed hip and leg length issues. My recovery was a little longer than the average, I was still on my cane (lightly) at 4 months.

At about 8 months things started to pick up and since then, I usually walk on average about 15 miles per week. I’ve played an occasional tennis game, biked over 20 miles in one shot, hiked between 4 and 7 miles each time I went out, climbed to the top of Douglas Mountain in Maine and well … a lot of other fun active stuff. ALL with out an ounce of pain or discomfort or even having to take a day off between activities. Prior to my surgery, I use to have really bad back pain in addition to my hip, but now, thankfully, I don’t know what back pain is.  As far as running, on occasion, I do a jog/walk interval.

I sleep much better now and the only odd thing I could report  is, sometimes my surgical side falls asleep, while I’m sleeping (I’m a side sleeper), so I’ve just learned to adjust to that so it doesn’t happen.

Overall — total life changer. I occasionally forget that I even had the surgery 🙂

So I just wanted to post a mini update of encouragement and read everyone else’s successes with THR.

 

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3 Months THR-update

Hello everyone,

I wanted to check in — I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I made three months this week and look forward to getting my check up tomorrow. Over all, my recovery has gone well and it’s come to a point where I am forgetting that I even had surgery. I did log off for a while because it was difficult at times to read others progression in comparison to mine, quit honestly it scared me. At four weeks, I was still dependent on the crutches and just moving on to a cane and then during my fifth week, I must of over worked myself and was basically bed ridden for the week with really sore muscles… it was a major set back and it was challenging emotionally because I was doing so well and then BAMN!!! back to the bed. I had to remind myself that we all heal at a different pace and most importantly, I learned how to be patient with my body.

Interestingly enough, when week 7 approached, I felt like a piece of the puzzle was placed and the implant felt like it was truly a part of my body. My legs that were different lengths, finally started to feel even, my back was adjusting and now I feel even. Its an amazing feeling to feel aligned.

I am still using the cane lightly (outdoors only) but am predicting to be off of it in about two weeks max! I go up and down the stairs with out it, no problem.

My message to those who just had the procedure, keep working at it and every week you will get better and better. Improvement happens suddenly, one week you can’t do something and the next you can! its amazing. Embrace your own pace 🙂

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third day post update

Hi everyone,

so i had my surgery friday, bright and early. Woke up just fine, and excted it was done. Everyone at HSS is super. Friday evening, i was motivated to get up. When i got to the edge of the bed, i had to lay back down. Nausea took over. Saturday also, was unable to do any PT because of meds, finally after i was weened off, was able to make my first steps Sat. afternoon. Its hard. I think since i got an extra cut in my tendon for legthening its tougher.  Today will be a better day.  Will keep you updated. Any tips forfirst day challenges ? Hope youre all well.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Almost Time -Question

Hello everyone,

So my time is coming closer and closer – I have a little anxiety/nervousness which I think is normal. In preparing for the things I will need, I’m wondering has anyone used a post-surgery seat cushion? if so, was it helpful? what brand did you get?

Also if you didn’t use one, was that okay for you? I’m debating on what I should be getting and what would just be excess. I did get the larger items (bathroom stuff i.e. taller toilet seat, hand bars etc…) and now I’m onto other items. I plan to also get a bed table, any suggestions on that item?

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Departing from the joint

Hi,

So first, as usual, I am SOOO Thankful for this site! reading everyone’s stories is truly an inspiration.

In two months I will be having my surgery so of course I am physically preparing, but most recently, I’ve been wondering about emotionally. When I was a child, I had two surgery’s, screws in and screws out. It was VERY traumatic. Now as an adult, I look at my hip as something that was a pain (literally and emotionally) but also still a part of my life (I’m 38) part of my experiences, and although I am excited to start the new phase in my life, I wonder if any one had any mental attachment to that body part although it did cause them discomfort. How did you prepare emotionally to let that story of your body go? Any input will be appreciated.  ( I hope I worded that clearly :))… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Prior to surgery, what kind of helpful prep tips can anyone share?

Hello everyone,

I am scheduled to have surgery at the end of the summer. There are lots of things I have to get in order to make my home safe and well THR post as possible. As I was reading through posts, one person mentioned to have all prescriptions filled even before surgery. That made me think, what other helpful hints can be shared from those who are post- surgery for someone who is pre-surgery. Thank you to everyone… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Season for THR

Hello all,

I am new to the site and pretty happy I found it. Thanks for posting all your stories. I am going for a consultation tomorrow  — it took me a while to get to this point. I am 38 and use to be really active but has to slow down because of the pain. I am considering Ceramic on Ceramic.

I look forward to reading more great stories and accomplishments that there is life after THR

 

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