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Old 09-06-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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hip replacement

if anyone in this audience has had hip replacement, PLEASE tell me about it - the surgery, the recovery, the phys. therapy, how long til you can go back to work. i've just been informed that i need this surgery and i'm PETRIFIED!!!!! i have an appointment with a hip specialist the end of october but i'm worrying already.

thanks in advance, lucy

 
Old 09-07-2008, 11:36 AM   #2
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Re: hip replacement

Hi. There are lots of people who have had hip replacements on this site. You'll get lots of information if you read the topics at the head of the list (called "stickies") and titled "6 months after hip replacement--these cover lots of issues. Plus, if you do a general search you'll pull up lots of info on hip replacement and lots of people's stories about their resurfacing or hip replacement procedures.

I had surgery 5 weeks ago. I was in the hospital for 3 days total--walking the day after surgery. I live by myself and had family members stay with me for the first three weeks. The first two weeks were the toughest, but every day brings improvement. I am allowed to drive this upcoming week and am released to go to work on the 15th which is day 42 after surgery for me. Time off work is different for each person, but it seems that 4-6 weeks is average for those of us with sedentary jobs. If you have a very physical, labor intensive job it might take a few weeks longer to get released to go to work. I am only 50 and worked out a lot before surgery so I wasn't sent to outpatient physical therapy --just given a sheet of exercises to do several times daily and told to walk as much as possible. I was on a walker for first two weeks and am now on a cane. Walker vs. cane is different for everyone.

If you are able, do some exercise before the surgery and work on upper body strength if you are able to do so. You want to make sure you have upper body strength so you can walk on the walker and the crutches and get yourself out of bed. All this makes the recovery shorter.


It's only natural to be frightened, but this site has loads of information and very sympathetic readers. Ask any question you want and someone will probably have an answer.

Maggie

Last edited by Larimergirl; 09-07-2008 at 11:58 AM. Reason: correct typos

 
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