September 7, 2009
My surgeon Mr. McLauchlan is widely recognized as the top orthopaedic surgeon
in the North West, not only for THR but also for resurfacings. I was rather
lucky in that I had private medical cover through my firm, but an initial
consultation cost £160, and the same thereafter.
Had my op on Friday at approx 4PM BST and it lasted about 1 1/2 hours. Had
spinal, with sedation!!!!!
Can’t remember anything about it, but was lying starving in recovery ward
afterwards, as had to fast as a precaution in case had to have general. Couldn’t
sleep at all on Friday night as I was so pleased it was done and excited about
getting up next day.
Got up and had a shower. Went on walker on Saturday am, graduated to crutches
soon afterwards. Navigated stairs soon afterwards!
Nursing staff and physios were so pleased with my progress they discharged me 4
days after the op.
Still very swollen, but can do most things for myself so far!!!
I had De Puy ASR fitted 4th September 2009.
I had the choice of various devices and my consultant said he had no preference
as to which one we should use. The hospital used De Puy ASR, so I decided to
have the De Puy.
September 10, 2009
I am now 6 days post op. I am doing ok, but the hip is still very swollen,
and I’m struggling to do some of the exercises the physios gave me for now.
However, I managed to go with my wife to my soccer teams stadium, to exchange my
seat for Saturdays game. I didn’t think I’d be able to make it, but I know I can
do now. We have 3 home games in September and I’d figured that I’d have to miss
them all. My friend has offered to drive us to the games.
I also had the joy of watching my wife do the shopping at the supermarket as
well!!! I normally do the weekly shop!!! Supervision is the way forward!!
September 12, 2009
Managed to go to the soccer game today with my daughters. My friend kindly
drove us, but we park about 1/2 mile or so from the stadium, and I walked both
ways. My team won as well!
To be honest, I don’t think I’ll be on crutches for much longer, as I can walk
fairly easily without them around the home. I never really had the arthritis
that bad to be fair, and I could probably have soldiered on a while longer, but
that wasn’t enough for me. I want to get back doing my sport asap.
I also walked another mile tonight to the supermarket as well!
September 22, 2009
Been to see physio today. Have graduated to one elbow crutch. Have been told
I can do as much walking as I want and that I can use the stationary bike. So I
have cycled 15km today on a medium resistance.
They have supplied me with 3 rubber bands of varying resistance to put round
both ankles to do some exercises with.
Swelling is almost gone, but groin is still a little tender, as is knee. Have
been using ibuprofen cream to ease this.
Just going back on bike to do another 5km.
Hopefully I can drive again in a few days time. Incision has healed nicely. I
might knock the tablets on the head. Working again tomorrow!
October 2, 2009
I’m 4 weeks post op today. I have no real pain. Scar has healed well. I have
no need to use a crutch or cane. I am cycling 80km per week on my stationary
bike. I’m hoping to return to the gym next week.
I have been working part time (2 1/2 days per week) since 14th September. I will
be returning to working full time next Monday. I have been driving just over 1
That said, at 42 years of age I should make a smooth recovery!
October 11, 2009
I’m just over 5 weeks post op now.
I think I could probably get round my course, but it is quite hilly. I am
worried about slipping and dislocating, so I may leave it until next year now.
I’ll have to go to the range to get my perfect swing going again!!!
October 21, 2009
I’m 7 weeks post op on Friday and I can tell you things are going well. I’m
back at the gym now. The only problems seem to stem from tenderness from the
incision. My limp has almost disappeared, I’m back at work full time and driving
to see my clients as required, so overall I’m pleased apart from some clunking
due to my slack glute muscles!
November 11, 2009
I’m 9 weeks post op on Friday.
I can do most things, but I still have a pain in my groin area, which is taking
time to clear.
That said, it doesn’t stop me going to the gym, but I thought it would have
cleared up by now. Still have some clunking when carrying our certain movements
like cycling on stationary bike.
November 19, 2009
11 weeks post op on Friday. Went to see the physio yesterday, who insists I’m
doing very well!
I have progressed to two extremely hard therabands for strengthening my glutes
further!!! Can’t wait to get started!!
Still have a sore groin though. The physio assures me that it will settle down
However I am going to the gym 5 times per week, so its only a minor thing