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Life immediately after hip replacement.....baby steps and small victories.

Monday, July 18, 2011

It's hard to believe it's been a week since my hip replacement surgery.Dr. Stolarski says it went well, but he had a little trouble; apparently my right hip joint was kind of defective from birth. He sent me a bouquet of a half dozen yellow and white roses the day after surgery. How cool is that?
The original plan was for me to get up the day of surgery, but due to a distressing tendency for my blood pressure to drop to the basement, this was not possible. (There is a long and technical term for this, but I have no clue what it is. Apparently it's fairly common after surgery/anesthesia, although I've never experienced it before. So, first goal: to be able to at least sit up so I never again have to use the new not improved bedpan, which looks pretty much like a dustpan with no handle. I think the old version made more sense! Tuesday, they got me out of bed again, and I actually walked a couple of steps before the blood pressure took a dive again! At least later in the day I was able to get out of bed and take a couple of steps with the walker to the commode chair! Next goal: walking, and the bathroom! lol
Doc came in Wednesday morning and said I could go home, until he found out I actaully hadn't walked at all yet. So, several trips down the hall with the physical therapist were in order.
I had an anterior approach surgery, which means I have a 4-6 inch incision in the front of my thigh. No muscles were cut, so I have less restrictions than people who have the posterior approach surgery. That whole bending past 90 isn't much of an issue.
I came home Thursday afternoon, saw the PT Friday morning, and home hursing visit in the afternoon. Right now, PT is 2x a week. We added a couple of excercises today, which I hope will be easier as time goes on.
My follow up appointment is next Tuesday, when hopefully I'll get my staples out, and maybe permission to drive.
I'm trying to do my excercises 3 times a day, and walk with the walker as much as I can. Still trying to figure out how to do things/ carry things with the walker.
My surgeon says that compared to knee replacements, hips are a piece of cake. At least maybe that's the case with his type of hip surgery.
My help went home last night, so it's just me and my walker here. lol
I would be glad to answer any questions anybody has about this procedure. I certainly have no regrets going and hour or so south to find the surgeon and have surgery done at Sarasota Memorial.
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  • MIRAGE727
    SO glad you came out well and are over the trauma of being in the hospital. I know being home is already good medicine. Pace yourself. Don't sign up for Dancing with the Stars yet. Be a good girl with your PT. Stay positive. All the best on a safe and quick recovery!
    3657 days ago
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    I am glad all is going well with you! For some reason I thought you were having a knee replacement! I think I got you confused with another sparkfriend, sorry about that! One day I will have to have both knees replaced and I totally dread it! I hate hospitals! Although the Dr. I have is one of the best in the country and has done many surgeries and glowing reports from his operated on patients. I just am scared and really can't afford the expense, even with insurance, the co-pays, deductibles are ridiculous-as you probably know! Be careful, take it slow and am hoping you have a speedy recovery! Please keep us posted. I meant to tell you that I cannot believe you have 9 grandkids- you look so young in your photos!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3658 days ago
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