hip hip hurray

A picture I took last spring
United States
February 2, 2017 4:46pm CST
I did it. I went into the hospital on January 26 at noon and 2 hours later have a new left hip. It is an anterior replacement which has a number of implications, the most important of which for me is a shorter recovery with fewer post-operative precautions. Today is day 7 of recuperation. Each day is better, with less pain and more movement and most importantly, the grinding pain in my hip is gone. It took me a long time to really come to grips with the fact that I needed to have this surgery, and I am glad that I did it. I have taken time off until February 20th for the recovery. Each day I am less muddle-headed. I am hoping that I will be able to take walks with my husband again this spring and to work in my garden as the rains subside. Meanwhile I have been cleared to walk with a cane in the house and this morning I took a walk outside. The air smelled rain-washed and sweet. Life is good
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
2 Feb 17
Glad to hear that all went well. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
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• United States
2 Feb 17
Thank you!! It seems to be zipping along!
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• United States
2 Feb 17
Thank you Laurel!
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@Happy2BeMe (74936)
• Canada
2 Feb 17
@divalounger you are welcome
@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
2 Feb 17
That is great news. I don't know if I would be able to undergo an operation like that. But it was needed from what I am reading. I am glad you are feeling better and getting stronger.
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• United States
2 Feb 17
I fought this tooth and nail for almost 10 years--but I had gotten to the point that I was having trouble walking down the street and when I started having trouble supporting a singing tone, I knew I had to do it--but I am a wimp and hated the idea of it for a long time
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@inertia4 (27713)
• United States
3 Feb 17
@divalounger I get it. I have a small kidney stone now for over a year. It hasn't bothered me yet. But I see my doctor on Monday and he is going to push me to get it out. So In know what you mean about getting procedures done. I already had one done on my bladder. They removed some cancer, topical they called it. So I do not want to go back under anymore operations.
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• United States
3 Feb 17
@inertia4 I wish the best for you! Neither of your procedures sounds like any fun!
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@DianneN (85432)
• United States
2 Feb 17
Giant hugs to you. My sis in law had both hips replaced, one at a time, of course, and she rides her bike, walks, and runs around like a wild woman. Lol! You will, too, you brace girl!
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• United States
2 Feb 17
I was so happy to walk outside yesterday!! I think there will be all sorts of new things out there for me as this unfolds!
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@DianneN (85432)
• United States
2 Feb 17
@divalounger I'm so happy for you. You will be better than new before you know it!
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• United States
2 Feb 17
@DianneN Thank you!!
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Feb 17
I am glad your hip surgery was reallty sucessful and you can now walk better
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• United States
4 Feb 17
Me too!! So looking forward to doing some gardening again!
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@PatZAnthony (13056)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
2 Feb 17
You are the 2nd person here today to mention having hip surgery. People seem to have this at such a young age now, which might really be a good thing.
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• United States
3 Feb 17
I put it off for a long time--but yes, I know people in their early 50s getting replacements done--but they don't last forever--and getting them re-done can be difficult--so I am not sure what the answer is
@marguicha (102422)
• Chile
2 Feb 17
Congratulations!
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• United States
2 Feb 17
Thank you!!
• Midland, Michigan
16 Mar 17
Did you walk with just the cane outside, or did you get the walker back out for that? Sometimes they want us to take them literally. I was cleared to use the cane a week ago Friday, but when going over ice or snow I feel better with the walker. When you say you took off until the end of February, which by the way was the week I had my surgery, the 27th of Feb. When you took off until then, was that off work or something else? I'll probably be off three months at least. Did you go by a different name before your user name before?
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• United States
16 Mar 17
Hi Marsha--I am Audrey Howitt and know you from other online platforms--Did you also have a hip replacement???? I suppose I should do an update on my progress, but I am doing very well. I walk without a cane at home--and when I go out just for a walk, I use one crutch for part of the walk--and I try to walk a fair chunk without it--it helps me keep my gait even--but we have no rain or ice to worry about--so I would imagine a walker is a much safer option for you. When I go to the store or out to do errands, I take a cane. I was off from teaching voice for just about a month--and starting singing myself 10 days after the surgery--I eased back into teaching and am now at my full load again--about 17 lessons a week-- This week, I feel almost normal again--for the first time. The awful pain is gone and I am even feeling a bit cheery again--Hang in there--it gets better quickly--I am so glad that I did this even though I was really afraid of the surgery--I am only concerned that I waited too long for my left knee which is feeling pretty tweaked still-- I with think of you as your rehab progresses and wish you the best!
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• Midland, Michigan
16 Mar 17
@divalounger Okay, Audrey, yes I remember you by that name better. The/your knee won't be quite as easy as your hip was although you won't have to worry about sinking into chairs, but pt is more extensive depending on how bad your knee is before surgery. I'd pretty much lost my extension, where the knee is flat on a surface and I got that back pretty fast. The difficult part of me know is getting my flexibility so my calf can get closer to my lower thigh making sitting better. Currently I'm using a riser for the toilet because the tub is too close to it. I was at my sisters and did fine on her toilet without one but she had enough room for my legs. Recently the pt gal got my leg up to 97 degrees. 95 was the goal in the hospital but 120 is the ultimate goal. I think she's trying to get me there asap. I'm a bit lazy with the exercises at home or maybe I'd be there already? I am happy to find that all swelling on my knee is almost gone. The surgeon even told me that he wasn't sure whether that knee would ever go down in size as the inflammation made it larger than the other years back. He should be pleased when he sees me at my next appt. Also, good pun on your title here. I didn't catch it fully until I saw the notifs.
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• United States
17 Mar 17
@MarshaMusselman Wow--if you are at 97 degrees already, you are in great shape--go you!!! I am hoping the knee just needs a bit of cleaning out--as my thigh muscle get better, the it band is not as tight and so the insertion pint into the knee feels better--Does your pt have you dong heel slides?
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@PainsOnSlate (20603)
• Canada
3 Feb 17
Wow, congrats for going there and getting it done. My husband just had an x ray of his hip, I think he is going to have to have it done too. I have many friends who have done the hip and the recovery time is short and you will be so much more comfortable. When I do get my knee replace the physio takes around 4 months I had to postpone the surgery for later in the year so I can camp in July, but that's my priority...
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• United States
3 Feb 17
Is this your first knee replacement? I know that those are trickier and more complicated. My brother had his done in July and went skiing a couple of weeks ago for the first time in 10 years--he is an athletic sort and so he pushed his physio--but it still looks like his is harder than mine--
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• Canada
3 Feb 17
@divalounger My second replacement, the first took me 4 months, now that we belong to the Y, the machines are there to be used so I'm thinking it will be less than 4 this time...Last time I went to physio three times a week for 4 months..I liked the physio and will do it again but I imagine it will be less time and more movement..
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• United States
4 Feb 17
@PainsOnSlate I would think that working out at a gym would help--I get three PT visits and then I am on my own--Is that the difference between US health care and Canadian???
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@Tampa_girl7 (26237)
• United States
27 Apr 17
I see that you wrote this awhile back. I hope that you are healed
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• United States
27 Apr 17
I just went for my 3 month checkup today and I am doing well! Thank you!
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@Tampa_girl7 (26237)
• United States
27 Apr 17
@divalounger that is good to hear.
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• United States
27 Apr 17
@Tampa_girl7 I just wrote an update--I am so very grateful to everyone for helping me through this
@theBlock (2707)
• United States
2 Feb 17
@divalounger All right! Good for you! We're now hip replacement buddies! My name is Tim, by the way. Hi!
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• United States
2 Feb 17
Hey Tim! I am Audrey--poet, classical singer and voice teacher along with attorney and psychotherapist--Let's be hip buddies!!
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@theBlock (2707)
• United States
2 Feb 17
@divalounger Yay! Hi Audrey! You are definitely a Renaissance Woman. Yes, hip buddies!
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• United States
2 Feb 17
@theBlock I have a feeling I will really enjoy your company here!
@just4him (127288)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Feb 17
I'm so glad the operation was a success.
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• United States
14 Feb 17
I am up and walking--made it to the park the other day--about 4 blocks away--everyday I gain a little more ground!
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@just4him (127288)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Feb 17
@divalounger That's wonderful.
@JudyEv (134903)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Feb 17
That's great news. I am so pleased the operation has improved your life so much.
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• United States
3 Feb 17
I am in the early stages of recovery, but already I think this will be a much better quality of life move--so thank you Judy!
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@JudyEv (134903)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Feb 17
@divalounger Did you know my mother had a hip replacement just six months before she turned 100? I seem to have bragged about it a lot. But she came through the operation well. It removed the pain and she lived another four quite fruitful years so it was well worth while.
@Gillygirl (17406)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
Wishing you a speedy recovery. It must have been nice to get outside. Your photo is awesome.
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• United States
2 Feb 17
Hi Gil! Thank you!
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@Gillygirl (17406)
• Sutton, England
2 Feb 17
@divalounger You are welcome.
@LeaPea2417 (22090)
• Toccoa, Georgia
24 Feb 17
That is great, best wishes for a full recovery.
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• United States
28 Feb 17
Thank you! Plugging along and walking longer distances each day!
• Preston, England
21 Feb 17
glad the operation was a success and the pain has eased or gone - enjoy all the freedoms your new hip brings
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• United States
21 Feb 17
I am walking again!! With a crutch still--but walking--I am thrilled!
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
10 Feb 17
Hope this finds you doing better and your recovery getting better.
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• United States
14 Feb 17
I am better! Walking without a cane even--at least for the most part--and very little pain
@TheHorse (72542)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Feb 17
I wonder how one can tell lower back pain from hip pain. My lower back kills sometimes, but it feels like it's my hips. Glad you're out and recovering!
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• United States
7 Feb 17
It can be difficult to differentiate the two--especially with sciatica
@jstory07 (70095)
• Roseburg, Oregon
5 Feb 17
Can you still do everything that you did before. I hoe with time you will be 100% better. Are there things you can no longer do.
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• United States
14 Feb 17
I go to see the surgeon next week and hopefully will get the all clear to go back and start doing some yoga again. I started singing after about day 10--and supporting the singing is much easier--
@Kandae11 (40368)
2 Feb 17
I am happy that the surgery went well.
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• United States
2 Feb 17
Me too! I am relieved!
@dragon54u (31637)
• United States
2 Feb 17
I'm so happy for you that the pain is gone and you can enjoy life again!
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• United States
2 Feb 17
Yay!! me too!!
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