Surgery Date

This week I travelled down to Anchorage to meet with my Dr who will be performing my total hip replacement surgery and I got a date, February 15th! My official diagnosis is Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI), I have excess bone formed on the edge of my femoral head that has completely worn down the cartilage in the socket which is now bone on bone. He will be performing an anterior surgery using Ceramic/plastic as well as a pressed in knit stem in the femur. This type of stem is not cemented in place but is pressed and allows the bone to grow into the stem. We had a lengthy conversation regarding materials and considering my desire to return to running this was the best choice. Now I have a little over a month to get ready for the surgery and post surgery. One thought is how to prehab?

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    • #19218
      AKrunner907
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      This week I travelled down to Anchorage to meet with my Dr who will be performing my total hip replacement surgery and I got a date, February 15th! My
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    • #19221
      Hoppie
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      Hi there,

      I am just 3 months post op now, and this is what helped me. Consider that you’ll be using your upper body strength and good leg to compensate for the operated leg for awhile.

      I think the fact that I did pushups every day for months before surgery was very helpful. I was using my upper body for lots of things: turning over in bed, pushing up off the toilet, and it was also the only way I could get into my car without breaking the 90 degree angle. I put my butt on the car seat, and then put my hands down on either side and lifted my torso up in the air. Then I was able to swing my operated leg into the car.

      Also, consider if you have a lot of stairs in your house. I live in a townhouse, and to live here is to climb stairs dozens of times a day. It was 9 weeks after surgery before I could climb stairs the regular way all day. My good leg did a *lot* of stair climbing. I’m sure as a runner you have very strong legs, but maybe it’s something to think about.

      –Hoppie

      • #19224
        AKrunner907
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        after my first appointment when I got my diagnosis back in November I began strengthening my upper body. Besides other exercises I do 60 push ups a day, shoulder and trap/neck workouts daily. I’m doing 75 squats daily with a resistance band to keep my legs and stability muscles strong. Hopefully this will help with my recovery. I’m concerned about post surgery, where I will rehab/PT, where I will be staying and how I’m going to get around. My home is full of stairs and not conducive to a healthy rehab environment. Got work through all the little post surgery issues now.

    • #19225
      WedgeC
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      Hey there I’m 18 days post-op and would agree with the upper body strengthening and I would add that there are various forms of “dip” like motions at the bed, chair and toilet and “pull-up” type motions at the car required. Don’t minimize the importance of grip strength here! I’ve always trained upper body strength and ran a 20:30 5k 48 hrs. before my operation… 48 hrs post-op I could go 200 ft. in 3 min. with a walker…HUMBLING but I have faith I’ll run again !
      Great point on the good leg! Single leg squats and lunges will help you IMMENSELY! I’m very thankful for a healthy right side going through all of this!

      • #19226
        AKrunner907
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        My leg strength is solid, but I hadn’t thought about the dips, thanks for the heads up!

    • #19227
      Hoppie
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      My place is also all stairs. I did my rehab at home. My partner took 5 days off from work to care for me at the beginning, and then he was working from home because of COVID, so there was always someone else here to help me. Can someone stay with you the first few days?

      • #19233
        AKrunner907
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        No. I live in a small 2 story cabin about ten miles outside of Fairbanks, it’s a dry cabin(no water, it’s quite common here in Alaska)my outhouse is about a 50 foot walk out of the cabin with an awkward step into it as well as an elevated seat that I don’t know how t fix to adjust so I won’t be sitting at a 90 degree angle. I don’t have a shower so keeping the surgery site clean and free of infection isn’t ideal. I wish I could stay home, I’ll see how I feel after being released from the rehab facility. As for somebody staying here with me, that isn’t an option, it’s a single room cabin and the accommodations are quite intimate haha. Driving is an issue for me since I live so far out from services, staying in town would be a smarter alternative. But I am definitely looking for the most inexpensive and safest alternatives, finances are an issue.

    • #19241
      kathryncmallory
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      Wow! Too much in common:
      In Fairbanks in dry cabin 14 miles from town on Goldstream valley with outhouse, etc.
      Likely same Dr.(likely Prevost) in ANC. Even same diagnosis! Celebrating 3 months post op 1/12: xc sking, walking with long fast strides, dog mushing with small team, doing yoga…but that’s after 12+ weeks of recovery, PT, exercises outdoors and patience. I am Very concerned about your living situation because I know it. A THR is a very humbling experience the first couple weeks no matter how fit you are pre-op. I was swimming as much as I could at Hamme pool doing a mile swim in 32 minutes. Great for the upper body strength we need after these things, but nothing will prepare you to walk on uneven snowy trails to an outhouse in the first few weeks!!! You will have a series of restrictions you must follow, and outhouses are the Alaskan version of one of them. Do not try to live in your dry cabin the first two weeks. I stayed in ANC entire first week with husband as fabulous nurse, returning to “the Banks” 8 days post op, then stayed in a house in town with your standard toilet fit with a raised seat for the next two weeks before moving back out to the Goldstream dry cabin life. Is there anyway we can help you? I could leave name and contact info with Dr. if we share the same one.

      • #19245
        AKrunner907
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        Hi! I got your message and I will give you a call this weekend when I’m off. Yes Dr Prevost is my Dr, to funny! I live out in Ester off of Cripple Creek, lived up on Murphy Dome (mile 7 just past Vancouver) for ten years before moving out here. I am planning on staying either in a rehab facility for the first week or a hotel I work at (Westmark) for at least a wek as well if not for the full two weeks before returning home. So far I ahve plans for my best friend to fly up from So Cal to take care of me for a bit, not sure how long she’ll want to hang around. But I’ll definitely get in touch.

        Chris

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