OK….so I really need to know some answers to my questions. I won’t have answers until my pre-op appt on 12/29…but figured I should start writing them down.
- When will I be able to put weight on my hip? Dr. Tim says that he wants me on crutches for 2 weeks. He says that he KNOWS I will want to put full weight on my hip before then, but he wants to make sure that I gradually add the weight and give the joint time to heal.
- When will I be able to swim? He is recommending that I wait 1 month.
- When will I be able to Spin? No spinning until the 3 months are over. Spinning puts pressure on the socket and he wants the initial bone growth into the new “bionics” <– my word not his, to be uninterrupted.
- When will I be able to go back to work? He said I would be able to go back to work when I am ready. He suggested a reentry into the workforce
- Can I do pushups? 1 Month.
- What is the most therapeutic position during recovery? Can I sit at a desk? Yes I can sit at a desk, but I should get up periodically and walk around. (Again, Dr. Tim’s suggestions as far as reaclimating to work…were a bit extreme – but I didn’t think he’d mind if I didn’t completely follow those suggestions).
- When will I realize that hip replacement surgery is not an out-patient thing? Answered: I actually did think it was an outpatient procedure. Talking with Mark the pizza guy – who had his hip replaced…….I figured I’d be walking out the door on crutches the same day and tossing the crutches the next. Tommy Tommy Tommmy sooooo much to learn. I will be in the hospital for 3 days. But I will have a computer and my iphone and words-with-friends, plus a few books that my boys thought I would find entertaining while I’m cooped up.
- I can do upper body work (lifting) but not while standing. As a matter of
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So now that I know the day has come….I’m cherishing the remaining workouts I have until I head over to the dark side of the moon. Today was easy. No running. Just spinning happily away on the bike followed by some lifting. I can still work out mind you…..spinning especially is easier on the hip, but there is just nothing like a good run to clear your mind and change your mental outlook. There are many questions that I need to ask Dr. Tim when I meet him for at my Pre-Op appointment on 12/29. Can I lift weights? How long before I can spin? When can I swim? (I won’t even ask about running yet). I’m guessing he will want to slow me down a bit and first talk about how to change underwear and put on socks. Well I will need to know that too I guess. It’s time to start writing these questions down so that I can be armed when I meet him. Tonight I would like to send a shout out to the Spokane Swifts. They are the female version of the men’s running group that I run with. It is by their example that the Spokane Distance Project was born. I received a nice card signed by many of them wishing me well and hope for a “SWIFT” recovery. Thank you very much ladies…….your thoughts and well wishes are appreciated.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
My name is Hip Brother Tom. I am a runner. I had a hip replacement in January of 2012. A month prior to my surgery, I started this blog to share my experience with anyone who might be facing the same fate down the road. I wanted to show my weekly recovery progress and hopeful return to running. Hence the name…hiprunner.com. As time has passed, I have opened this site to others who wanted to share their experiences. There is even a Hip Runners forum now. We are the Hip Runner’s Club. But it isn’t just about hips. In February of 2018, I also had a partial knee replacement. This site serves as a community of individuals of hip and knee replacements who are seeking advice on running again. If you find yourself getting a hip replacement or a knee replacement, and would like to become a member of the Hip Runner’s Club, we would love to have you share your story on this blog. Click here to become a member.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)