Hello all. Well I did it. I had a Rt. THR using the anterior approach on Friday Nov 1st at 7:45AM. I was very nervous the morning of, but I was joking with my surgical team the whole time. That is my way of dealing with the anxiety, works for me. I got spinal anaesthesia with sedation and was completely out for the procedure. The soonest I remember coming out of sedation is 10AM, but who knows it was probably earlier. My doctor said that everything went well, and they were close to having to do a transfusion because of blood loss. But they didn’t have to. One of the things I was most worried about was when coming out of sedation you can still be numb from the waist down for some time. Basically you are paralyzed until it wears off. My buddy said that he was like that for an hour and a half and he was freaking out a little. Well I was happy when I woke and found that I had feeling and movement in my legs. Big relief for me.
Physical Therapy comes to see me about 12 Noon and they get me up to start walking. I go to get up and feel moderately dizzy. I’m sure this was due a combination of anaesthesia, blood loss, and the pain killers I was on. I know one of the requirements to leave the hospital is being able to make this walk so I want to complete it. I stand up and the physical therapist is telling me to stand for a minute to let the dizzyness subside. Well I just take off down the hallway. So he straps a belt on me and follows me down the hallway. I had to concentrate so hard to keep the dizzyness at bay, lol, but I made the walk. I also had to go up and down this step, and was able to do that as well. While I was up, the nurse mentioned that I also had to pee on my own before I can leave. so … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Hello Hip Runners. New to this site. I am 51 years old and have been contemplating getting my Rt hip replaced for 3 years now. I was diagnosed with arthritis at 40 and stopped playing ice hockey because of it. I used to run 3 to 10 mile runs on a regular basis but pretty much had to cut that out because I always paid with pain for days afterwards. For the last 2 years I have used cycling as my main form of cardio. Even cycling is becoming painful at times. I get these flare-ups that last anywhere from 1 to 4 days and they are extremely painful. They are never triggered from working out, but always from sleeping in the wrong position. Crazy. I have finally grown tired of this and am talking to my surgeon, in ernest, about finally getting in. Looking at about 1.5 to 2 months out. I have actually almost gone through with the surgery on 2 other occasions but ultimately backed out for various reasons, one being fear. Lol. I know in the current state I am in I will never run again. I so badly want to start doing sprint distance triathlons. I can cover the swim and bike legs easily but it so pathetic that I can’t even cover the 3.1 mile run section. I’m sure every one of you that has recieved a THR knows exactly what I speak of. I plan on getting the anterior approach because it seems that the recovery process is much quicker. Has anyone had that approach and if so can you comment. My surgeon discourages running but told me he knows he can’t stop me. I told him that I fully intend to run and use my hip. In due time if course, I know it will take time to heal. I hope these are realistic expectations. I’m still in very good shape. 5’9″ 195lbs cycle 150 miles a week and also do crossfit. I have to modify some of my crossfit moves because my hip doesn’t bend in ways that some of the … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)