Well, I did it. Went in for my op on Sat 10th Jan and came home the following Sunday. Had both hips replaced at once.
My surgeon insists his patients stay in bed for four days (I wasn't complaining!) so I didn't stand up until later in the week. I don't know about anyone else but I was amazed that it didn't hurt to stand. I was on paracetamol, codiene and small amounts of oral morphiene (for the first few days) but even so.
Everything felt stiff and awkward to move but none of it was unbearable. I can honestly say that in spite of the surgery pain I was in less pain even the day after surgery than before.
i was on crutches when I came out of hospital, down to one crutch within 2 weeks after that and none after a further couple of weeks.
Provided I took regular little walks and rested as well as doing the physio exercises it all went well. I have now learnt to walk properly again - it's been a lot of years - and am gradually getting back to normal.
Lots of patience and a liking for daytime TV essential!!
All in all it's not been a bad experience, all of it bearable and kind of exciting to have a full nights sleep. Two things helped; 1) i made sure I didn;t eat or drink too much the day before the op and 2) I took Arnica tablets just before the op and regularly afterwards. These help reduce the internal bruising and swelling and will not interfer with any other medication. My whole family swears by these for any op. Get them from your local homeopathic store.
I still swell up a little bit at the end of the day - oh another tip - make sure you buy knickers at least two sizes bigger and have a dress or very baggy clothes for afterwards. I went in a 10 and left a size 18 in bottom half! Dont worry, the swelling goes down quickly and I am back into normal clothes for the most part now.
Just thought I would share my experience on here as I know how scared I was before I made my decision to go ahead. I now know how you others who have had it done mean - whatever was I waiting for? x
Congrats you seem to have recovered really quickly. I also went for my op on the 3rd march, so still only a few weeks for me at the minute but getting better. For me the worst is having to lie on my back as I have back problems but only a few more weeks of it to go. All in all it has not been to bad
My muscles were very week before the op so although I am on two crutches most of the time I do a bit without but am a bit wobbly and of balance. My bruising is nearly away and the swelling not to bad but I was told it could last for three to six months. I think at this stage I am fed up being in the house as the weather is so bad which results in me spending my time on ebay
I can however say that the pain you felt before does go and it is only muscular pain which you know is going to go away and I know I will be up on my feet soon
My physio told me to continue with the crutches to start with as trying to walk without them could train the muscles into bad habits. The funniest thing is when you walk for a few paces without them to start with - I looked like a baby orangutan!
I got the Wii Fit after my op and had a go at about 4/5 weeks. I could only do the very simple marble balance game and some of the body tests. It is good as it shows your centre of gravity. I now do the step, boxing, hula hoop, slalom and balance games. It's a good way of getting a work out when the whether is bad too.
I'm going back to work at the end of my three months. I'm going part time for the first two weeks (works idea so I don't get too tired). I'm hoping to start driving after next weeks visit to hosp. I know they say 6 weeks but when you've had both done it takes a bit longer. When you get to 8 weeks try sitting in your car (might have to move seat back first) then just pressing on the pedals. I'm lucky in that my job is such that I can go and lie down for 10 mins if I want to.
I visited my work at 6 weeks (got a lift there and back) and again at 8 weeks and this week. I felt really shaky when I first went in which is normal apparently. It's good to keep going in to keep the familiarity I think and stops building up any barriers to going back.
You sound like you've got the determination to progress well, that's half the battle.
I still use the gadget to put my socks on as can only just reach my feet. I did get rid of the yetti look I was going for on my legs today though . I know what you mean about wanting to move things on quickly though. I went to a physio privately because I thought i should be doing more and she put me straight. Definitely not at the no pain no gain stage until well after 12 weeks. The last thing we want to do is pop a hip!
Sorry this went on a bit - I don't get to speak to that many people at the mo
Feel free to ask any questions, happy to share and help if I can. It's nice to talk to someone else going through the same thing.
You'll be dancing again in no time. I hadn't even considered that I would have to work out how to walk normally again - of course I hadn't for such a long time before the op it was odd. Got much more wriggle in my wiggle now!
I'm guessing your dressings are either off or about to come off together with staples - that's not too bad. I meant to say before, if you haven't done so already invest in some bio oil. This is fantastic to gently massage into the scars twice a day once you are dressing free. Turned my stomach to do this to start with but well worth it. My scars are now just deep pink lines, no raised bits or anything. (Also helps with all the stretch marks that appear thanks to the swelling :roll: ).
I've been into the city centre today by myself for a few hours. Had to stop for a coffee and rest obviously but all ok. Still can't quite get on a bus so having to taxi it.
I know what you mean about work thinking you are ok - I make sure they know I'm not when I go in just in case. I had thought the magic six weeks would mean I could do loads - apparently not! If I had known I couldn't physically bend further I wouldn't have been so paranoid about doing it accidentally up till that point.
I haved turned into a lady who lunches now as I can manage meals out. Fortunately I have friends who either work shifts as well as those who do normal hours so I can get quite a few in during the week.
I'm at parents too. Lovely and helpful but ever so slightly doing my head in.
Hope you have a good weekend.
Actually the physio did say to me that it didn't hurt to have rest days when I felt a bit more tired or sore. You sound just like me, determined to get the walking going etc. Even today went for a walk and ended up cutting it short to come home because I felt sore. Went jogging in the swimming pool yesterday (with a floatation belt so no impact) and although I didn't feel the effects then obviously I did work my legs as they are tired today.
I think I was using two crutches up until 4 weeks then down to one. Once I was on one I wold try to do a little bit of my walk not using it (provided I could do it without limping too much). By 6 weeks I just used it for going up and down the stairs.
The thing is, using the crutches aren't going to slow down recovery so it doesn't hurt to keep using them for as long as needed.
I went back to the hospital at 5 weeks and was shocked when the Doctor asked me to bend my knee to my chest. Spent so long being careful not to bend that far couldn't make my legs do it. The Doctor then bent my legs for me and said they were fine as it was just surgical pain stopping me. JUST!
I'm going again on friday as it will be 11 weeks on Saturday.
Are you still seeing the outreach physios? Have you found the exercises ok to do? Managing to get a good nights sleep?
Hope all is well, how did you go at your 11 week apt, do all precautions still apply, some people say 12 weeks so not really sure, even though I am only on week5 (on tues) wondering how long this has to go on.
I am so sorry to have abandoned you like that. I went back to work and pretty much did three half days then was there full time. We are so busy in May / June / July (I work at a University) that just haven't stopped.
I did go to one of Jason Vales Ultimate Retreats in June - was amazing. Have been juicing on and off for a few years but am now a complete convert. Have been eating healthy and juicing every day since I have been back. Feel so much better too - all that pineapple for natural anti inflammatory is great. Oh the fun of setting off security alarms at the airport - everytime. Will just have to get used to that.
I am back at the gym but still taking it easy as my muscles still get tired. Working on strengthening them. Completely forget i have had them done, running up and down stairs at work. Oh and the sleep - fantastic.
So, Collette, how are you doing? You must be back at work now?
Anyone else out there in rehabilitation mode too?
Hope all is going well. I'll try not to disappear again.
Thanks for that must get my doc to write me one. Like you I am impatient and then someone says it's only a few months and reality kicks in but being out and about is fab, Like you I have been doing the bike and cross trainer but my knees are aching and I have torn muscles in my other hip, my consultant thinks I am a disaster area, but have started back at modified pilates class which is good but at the minute not much different from physio exercises and physio is going to start acupuncture on tues so that should help.
It is hard getting all the exercises in when you are back at work. I am back to a five day week next week so that will be a shock to the system. i could get used to working part time.
I have to go back to my consultant in six weeks regarding the other hip but to discuss the alternatives so hoping for good news.
Hope you have a good weekend and catch up soon
Great to hear you are doing well. Dancing too? That's brilliant.
I've found recently that I've had a bit more pain but I think it must be the tendons and muscles so I'm trying to do more walking to improve their strength.
Have just developed a strange fluid swelling on the base of my spine - don't know what that's all about but think I'll have to get it checked out. Probably natures way of telling me to get off my a**e! If anyone else reading this post has a clue please do let me know.
It is still really frustrating not being able to do more - are you finding that too?
Sorry your other hip is giving you grief. I know what you mean though, on a bad day I do someones wonder whether the pain before was more bearable. I think it's because we have to be so careful with the new ones don't we? When they were ours it hurt but at least we weren't really in danger of it popping out!
I'm still pleased I had it done - are you?
Hope things carry on well for you. Keep in touch.