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HIP REPLACEMENT - IF YOU'VE HAD ONE, WOULD YOU SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE, STRENGTH AND HOPE WITH ME?

Monday, May 10, 2021

Some of my Spark friends have already done so, and it has helped me as part of my preparation for my upcoming June 8 surgery. I'd appreciate any and all information from those who've been there, done that.

Wishing all a happy, healthy week.

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  • MILLER-S
    My hip replacement was easier than my knee replacement. That said, I will say to stay ahead of the pain. I told my nurse just after hip surgery that my pain was a 3. Then they had me walk around the hospital for a long time and my pain was at a 10. It was hard for them to get the pain under control, but they eventually did. A nurse told me the next day, that they were only allowed to give pain medicine if my pain was over 5. I'm having another knee replacement in June and I plan to ALWAYS say my pain is at least a 5, as I don't want to go through that again. I'm really glad I have my new hip and I would do it again if I had to.
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    37 days ago
  • BROOKLYN_BORN
    I have no personal experience but I see you have gotten some good advice here.
    All I can add is that anyone I ever knew with knee or hip replacement said they wished they hadn't put it off for so long. All were doing great.
    Good luck.
    39 days ago
  • CAREGIVERBEAR
    I haven't gone through it, but I have acted as a support person. It is hard to know how any particular body will respond to a surgery, but this one usually has great outcomes. Most folks are just mad that they didn't do it earlier! The most important piece of the puzzle is to follow your aftercare instructions and check in with your medical team if you have any questions, concerns, or need for clarification. You are amazing, and I'll bet you come through this extremely well and heal fast. Just be kind to yourself, and don't push too hard. You've got this!
    39 days ago
  • JHADZHIA
    Compared to other joint replacements I have had, hips are easy. No pain. The only thing you have to worry about is not bending your knee past 90 degrees until they give you the okay. This meant it was a hassle putting things on and so a reacher, a sock puller and some prep work to make things easier when you come home are useful. Put all your cooking essentials where you can reach them easily. Don't have anything you need on the lowest shelves. The hospital should give you a strap to allow you to lift your leg in and out of bed (you swing it up with a straight leg) Add squats to your pre workout plan, as you will do modified ones after for strengthening. Bridges are another good one. You will find walking easy and pain free and yes, a walker is good for security. I don't know how things work for your hospital system and insurance, , but I had to acquire my own walker which I borrowed from an abilities center which had to be ordered by my Dr..
    You got this!!
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  • WIZARDHOWL
    I've got nothing except that I'm praying for you!
    40 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
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  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    I haven't had it done, but was hospital roommates with someone who did, and she seemed to do so well! She was up and about the very next day. It seemed easier than knee surgery, from which I was suffering what I thought was pretty intense pain. My roommate was not overweight like me, and she was healthy to start with, maybe not like me, and that probably had a lot to do with her very good results. We talked a lot. She inspired me.

    I think you'll do well! Be positive and hopeful. That helps a lot!
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    40 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    Took care of plenty of patients who had it. Do what the medical people tell you and you will do fine. Huge hug.
    40 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
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  • WATERMELLEN
    Really glad that you asked -- I haven't had the experience but did have numerous clients who had hip and knee replacement surgery and all of them expressed huge relief and recovered fast. I know this surgery is in my future, hopefully sooner than later: and I appreciate the info provided by Sparkies in response to your request!! We are all here supporting you and wishing you well.
    40 days ago
  • LSIG14
    I worked in the Office for the Aging Senior Center for years, so even though I haven't have a hip replaced yet, I worked with lots of people who have. Most were up and mobile within a day or two. You definitely want to do all the PT exercises you are assigned and keep on a healthy diet to get your strength back. Only 3-4 of my people ever had trouble with recovery and I don't think they really put out the effort to do it! You will do great because you are so strong and determined!
    40 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Not had a hip replaced but both knees. I would not hesitate to do it again. The pain relief was exponential. And I did PT alongside a lady who had a hip replaced same time as I had my knee done. She said the same thing.

    MOLLIEMAC has great advice. DO prepare your home for your arrival and recuperation. Make sure you have things arranged so you can navigate safely. DEFINITELY be prepared to do the rehab exercises as instructed. That is a make it or break it deal!

    Good luck.
    40 days ago
  • NANCY-
    So nice to have an unbiased source of info to draw form.
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  • SHOAPIE
    I worked in the recovery room for years. We had lots of pain meds available. As you’re trying to wake up the most important thing to remember is not to turn on your operative side. It’s possible that the ball can slip out of the socket. To reassure you though, I never saw it happen. And I was there 35 years! I’m sure you will do well. You are preparing yourself pre surgery. emoticon emoticon
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    I never had the procedure myself but have a friend who did. They had no problem at all and were quite pleased with the outcome
    40 days ago
  • CAPECODDIN
    You will be amazed when you wake up, the pain you've felt every day is zip.. gone. Yes might have pain but I can guarantee it'll be bearable. Be patient but pushy with yourself.
    40 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    I have not had any joint replacements---But--did mention before that I worked in a large Orthopedic clinic for ten years and heard numerous patients tell of their experience afterwards. I did not hear one complaint or negative remark, but many said, 'I don't know why I waited so long---wish I had done it earlier." .... Heard lots say, "I feel great now---it is so wonderful to be rid of the pain and get to do things now." ...(I also like what MollieMac said in the previous post. Good sound advice.
    40 days ago
  • NATPLUMMER
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  • 7STIGGYMT
    I haven't had a hip replacement, but I had a knee replacement, which I've heard is the worst. My father in law had one and he wished he would have had it done years earlier. I've also heard similar testimonies that were similar.
    40 days ago
  • PEZMOM1
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  • READY201811
    At 82 year my friend had the first one done and did all her rehab from home. Very self determined and self reliant. Her second one was last year at 85, she can no longer do 5k’s but she walks every day, exercises on the curve machines twice a week, goes camping by her self every year for a month and is still active as always. Attitude has a lot to do with it, she is very strong willed and proud and can do it all herself and doesn’t like or want help. She even has her garden planted this year.
    40 days ago
  • STILLSPARKLEIGH
    No experience to share... but prayers will follow you from here🙏🏻 and cheers as you rehab will be ongoing too!! 👍🏻 You’re going to do GREAT 🤗✨
    40 days ago
  • MOLLIEMAC
    You already have heard from me but just to reinforce my thoughts: prepare well for surgery by eating and hydrating well over the next few weeks, prepare your home to make it easy to navigate once you get home, mobilize as quickly as possible after your surgery (you should be up with a walker by day #1), learn the physio drill well so you are able to navigate safely in your home and make sure you have family, friends or neighbours who can lend a hand if needed. My best piece of equipment was a large seat cushion that I added to a firm easy chair, allowed me the needed sitting position and also ease of getting up and down. I found the more I moved the less pain I had (minimal anyway), the better my bladder and bowels worked and of course how quickly I regained strength. emoticon
    40 days ago
  • BUTEAFULL
    not me but my neighbor, she was so glad she did it, it hurt like H while healing but then it was great
    40 days ago
  • SUSANBEAMON
    I had that surgery back in 2012 when my hip no longer let me sleep. I spent nearly 2 months in a nursing home afterward, mostly because I had anesthesia brain for the first 3 weeks. That is a real thing, but it seems to affect older people more than younger ones. I was at the nursing home because I lived alone and they wanted to make sure I wouldn't fall or do anything that would compromise healing, like sleeping on my side. Once I got to go home, I had a whole range of exercises I had to do so my legs would get strong. It took another 2 months before I was released to drive again. I had to use a walker for 1 month after I got home. Then I rotated back to my cane. I had balance problems that were separate from the hip. The biggest problem I had with the whole thing was the walker was wider than my doorways at home, so I had to remove some doors. If you're in an older house, you might check that before surgery.
    40 days ago
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