May 20, 2009
I had my left hip resurfaced this past Thursday with Dr. Mont in MD. I am a 41 year old female. I had a great experience and so far (fingers crossed) my post op recovery has been pain free and better than I could have imagined. Dr Mont’s surgical team was fantastic as well as the nurses and physical therapists.
I first went to Dr. Mont two years ago and he gave me lots of non surgical options for my arthritis. Finally though, it was time to operate.
May 22, 2009
I am post op day 9 today and feeling really great. I agree with Michael- I didn’t get all the "things" on the list and I was sending my husband to the store as soon as we got home…..higher toilet seat, extra bandages, tylenol PM, iron pills…etc. I had to ask the nurse if I could take the hospital pillow with me for the 5 hour car ride home because I hadn’t thought to throw one in the car- it helped! All of the tools they give you at the hospital are essential. Make sure you get an extra pair of TEDS.
Sleep has been the biggest challenge for me. I went off all meds by day 4 (no pain!!!!) and switched to tylenol only as needed. I am still struggling with the sleep issue. I am not use to sleeping on my back with a huge pillow between my legs. I also think the change in activity level from before surgery is so drastic (I was swimming every day and now I am doing almost nothing) that I don’t need as much sleep.
The other challenge for me has been swelling. My left thigh got huge!
I think it was a combination of surgery, 29 staples, the car ride and
the drain being pulled. Even though I felt like walking around on
crutches I forced myself to lay low and ice my leg intermittently for
the first 5 days. I am happy to say it is getting much better. All in
all everything has gone better than I could have dreamed!
January 6, 2010
Just an update…I am 7+ months post op and feeling great. I started
back gingerly jogging at 14 weeks. Dr, Mont had seen me at 10 weeks and
said I could return to running at 14 weeks (and not before) if I was
able to do my hip exercises easily with 8 pound weights. I started back
slowly doing a walk/run. Every time I extended my mileage I ended up
sore and kind of limping for a day or two. At first, I panicked and was
CONVINCED I had done something to my hip. Soon enough (and after
discussions with physician friends and my PT) I realized this was all
part of the road to recovery.
At six months post op I ran a half marathon (slowly-2 hours). It felt
wonderful and completely pain free!!!! I won’t return to marathons, but
felt great to run the half and feel fine. Just want all the hippies
returning to any level of running to know that it did "hurt" each and
every time I pushed my mileage…but then not again until I pushed it
further or tried something new again. My leg muscles just didn’t know
what hit them. I hadn’t run in 5 years, so what did I expect?