January 12, 2014
I am just overwhelmed and whining some. I stopped taking the pain meds yesterday ( day 5) as they were making me nauseous and the only time I was feeling pain was when standing and sitting. I switched to Tylenol x-tra strength every 5 hours and that is helping.
January 20, 2014
I’m a 51 year old female who has been super active and fit since my teen years. I have played tennis, but had to give it up, moved on to road cycling and finally had to give that up this past summer. The only thing I could still do with minor pain was ballroom dancing and some yoga. I was diagnosed with LHOA around 4 years ago and the only option I was always given was THR. Of course I stayed in denial and tried to help myself with PT, yoga, etc. finally this summer, I couldn’t even walk from the pain. Thankfully, an orthopedic surgeon (not a hip specialist) I know personally, told me about the BHRS surgery option. Then I found this sight…
I am now 14 days post-op RHRS with Dr. Gross and here’s what I learned:
Dr. Gross and his staff are absolutely everything previous hippies said and more. Top notch in every way. Lee Web, the PA was amazing. Professional yet personable and caring. I just can’t say enough.
Surgery was the absolute easiest part. I was given a spinal block and some sleeping aid so when I woke up, I felt crisp and chipper. In minutes I was hooked up to my ice machine, IV, etc. that night I didn’t get much sleep. I kept waking up super thirsty. The nursing staff was outstanding. The next day after PT and OT sessions I went home. Important to note that because I was able to bear 100 weight going up and down the stairs was not difficult (that was one of my main worries as I live in a two story), thankfully, I was able to sleep in my bed.
Days 2-8 are the most difficult. No sugar coating it. Pain Meds made me sick so day 3 I switched to Tylenol x-tra strength. Worked we’ll enough for me. The first 5 days my leg was a “dead log” (perfect description borrowed from another hippy) pay close attention to OT’s instructions on keeping that leg straight any time you sit or get up from recliner, bed, etc. so you don’t break 90% angle as well as avoid pain. I used foot lifter but a towel under your straight leg as you pull “log”up to bed or recliner will do. I felt very frustrated at how slow I was at everything but overcame that by day 5. Have grabber with you at all times and if you live alone, get sock device (very helpful).
Polar Ice machine was the 3rd best decision 2nd was choosing Dr. Gross 1st getting this surgery. I cannot emphasize enough the healing power of this icing method. I have been and am faithfully icing one hour on one off (none throughout night). I credit this with the minor swelling that i have experienced in my leg. I wore leggings on day 12 and my friends were able to compare my two legs and cannot believe I just had this surgery done two weeks ago. I know everyone is different but in my case I wouldn’t have done this well without it. Furthermore, I know it helped with the pain since I could not tolerate the narcotics. At night I have as many pillows as possible because on day 4, I desperately want to create even the slightest variations for my leg position to help me sleep better. I specifically liked rolling one pillow and placing it under my knee. And placing another pillow in between my legs this way I could tip leg slightly either way. Another variation is building like a little “pillow fortress” around my operated leg strong enough to take turns resting leg towards each way throughout the night. Maybe I’m just fooling myself but that little bit of variety gave me enough relief to sleep an extra hour or two any time the “dead log” frustrating position wakes me up. Last night I thought I might venture into sleeping on the good side ever so slowly I rolled about 2 cm. we’ll, I’m just hoping none of my neighbors heard my agonizing roar. I won’t be trying that again any time soon. Finally for night time sleeping I found the “husband” pillow, which helps you sleep upright was super-helpful because as I alternate and sometimes sleep upright, it gives my log I mean leg. yet another position option.
Between days 9 and 10 is when I experienced noticeable improvement. I started walking my street circle 1.5 miles with my crutches (2x since yesterday). I ice right before and after walks. I am not pushing myself any more than what I have been advised. Feeling great and although I miss road cycling, heavy cardio, yoga(especially), you won’t see this hippy rushing anything. Not sure what is ahead but right now I feel amazingly blessed to be recovering and pain free. Thanks to Pat for encouraging me to seek out what is right for me and not what the THR specialists were telling me I needed to do. This web site is a mission field! The wealth of information and the encouragement of other hippies cannot be overstated. Finally, i will say that having a strong upper body and a strong good leg helped me tremendously during the first difficult days.
Note:if you can afford a recliner don’t hesitate. It will help your comfort level enormously.
January 23, 2014
I’m only a little less than 3 weeks post-op but my main piece of advice is:
Don’t waste your time with inexperienced surgeons. Find the best you can afford. I read most of the new hip stories and then researched the top (experienced). I’m only a couple of hours away from Dr. Gross, so it was not difficult to make my decision. But, proximity was NOT a determinant factor. It was the whole package (level of competency, professionalism, organization, communication, they are just ON IT!). Make sure you have that confidence and follow Dr’s orders faithfully and you will get your best outcome.
1. If you can afford the ice machine get it and ice faithfully every other hour (none through the night).
2. If the narcotics don’t agree with you…after day 3 or 4 IF you can tolerate the pain Tylenol x-tra strength should make it tolerable.
3. At night I didn’t sleep well on days 3-6 I wish I had an Ambien to take for a couple of those nights to help me sleep through the night.
4. Pillows are your best friends when sleeping at night. Get creative and move around your leg to give you different resting options.
Lastly, and I had a hard time with these last two…
5. Be realistic about the first 5 or 6 days. You will feel very frustrated and limited as far as how slow you will be (concerning self-help skills). I think everyone can agree on this; it gets better!
6. Finally if you have people offer to help you, cook you meals, or any kindness, accept it. It is actually a “gift” to be able to receive and not feel bad, or useless or like you’re a burden. You will have plenty of opportunities in life to “pay it forward” and bless others one day. Best of luck!
February 11, 2014
Everything going well with hip recovery. Walking around 3 miles a day without cane at 5 weeks post-surgery. Sometimes when I overdo it( daily I need to be truthful) moving around the house doing light housework I get sore so I slow down for a few hours and ice. Nothing major to bring up thankfully. I will mention that I’m doing ridiculous maneuvers with my grabber. Yesterday I dropped a box of cherry tomatoes all over my kitchen floor. I was able to pick them all up one by one. I guess all those years of splaying transformers with my boys are finally paying off…back to the topic. I have been using the left side of my body to get up and down, and for pretty much everything. The result being a bad Case of tennis elbow on my left arm. Has anyone run into this and if so, do you have any suggestions? I’ve been icing it (with my polar care) for 30 minutes at a time. I’m trying not to use it but I do favor this left side at this time and am still under the 90% angle restriction until I see surgeon next Tuesday. This makes it difficult not to rely on that arm (ouch!).
February 18, 2014
Saw Lee Webb this morning for 6 week post-op everything looks great. On to phase 2 of my exercise routine…I’m just so grateful to be on the other side of this and recovering day by day. I will continue to obey restrictions and precautions. Off crutches and cane. Sadly, I still have 4.5 months to go before I can ballroom dance again but right now I’m just counting my blessings.
April 7, 2014
Just a couple of words to say everything is going wonderfully. So far a great experience, I continue to be mindful of all precautions and do the daily advanced recovery strengthening exercises prescribed. I cannot express the feeling of gratitude I have for this gifted doctor and his amazing team. Absolutely no pain or discomfort. I am 11 weeks away from putting on my ballroom dancing shoes.