THR: And after 12 weeks ..?

drmike789 Member Posts: 9
edited 4. Oct 2011, 09:11 in Living with Arthritis archive
I had a THR four weeks ago. My consultant advised me that I would never be able to bend beyond 90 degrees or cross my legs again in my life (not just during the first 12 weeks). I was not alone in getting this advice from him. However, most (all?) other medical staff (my surgeon, OTs) to whom I spoke disagreed.

Have any others been given the same advice? Is it particular to your circumstances? Or is my consultant being too cautious?

With thanks in advance, Mike


  • valval
    valval Member Posts: 15,897
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    hi can not help but sure some one will be along who can soon val
  • daylily
    daylily Member Posts: 641
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi, I've had a re-surface and now a THR on same hip and I've never been told anything like that. An overcautious consultant perhaps?

    Cannot understand why, if it was a 'normal' THR, he would give that advice.

    I would double check with everyone involved

    Take care
  • dorcas
    dorcas Member Posts: 3,538
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Mike :grin:

    sorry I can't help either..... but as Val said there are lots of folks here who've had THR and I'm sure will be of help to you.

    Iris xxx
  • tonesp
    tonesp Member Posts: 844
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Had mine a year ago Never was told about that Now I can shovel gravel,weed the garden and cut my own toenails
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,173
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I'm with the others, Mike. I've two THRs. You do have to be very careful at first because of the danger of dislocation and, I guess, 'at first' will be different for different people. Once your hip muscles are really strong (Do the exercises they gave you religiously) I don't see a problem. I cross my legs, both ways (Though not at once!) and I do take them beyond 90 but you need to do this slowly at first so's you can recognise if it's a bit dodgy. And certainly don't attempt it at 4 weeks. 4 months is a bit more like. Do you see your physio again? They'd be the best person to ask.
    "The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain." Kahlil Gibran
  • hileena111
    hileena111 Member Posts: 7,099
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    My THR...I was told 6 weeks {90 deg restrictions}.....I was also told to be careful at 6 weeks when I sasw my consultant. So as sticky says be careful.....but no never been told anything like that once the restrictions were up

  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,050
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Mike
    The others have said it all, I just want to welcome you to this lovely forum, has you can see, the information you get is fantastic.
    So I wish you well with your new hip, and hope your recovery goes to plan.
  • stan794
    stan794 Member Posts: 6
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Daylily, I am having a bhr soon and I am interested in why yours has been changed to thr. I have read this a few times on other forums and thinking maybe I should forget the bhr and just go for thr, your experience of it would be a great help.
  • drmike789
    drmike789 Member Posts: 9
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks, everyone.

    It does seem that the advice I have been given is exceptional. I will ask again at my next consultant appointment later this month. I'd be surprised if I were a special case especially as (other than his patients) no one else appears to have had the same advice.

    Kind regards, Mike
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