My friend recently had hip replacment surgery and she is now in rehab for it....

@shambuca (2560)
United States
May 21, 2007 9:46am CST
has anyone here had the surgery if so do you have any helpful hints for her to make her recovery easier?????? My brother had it done but since he is not speaking to me (for who knows whatever reason) I can't talk to him about it, all suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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@UDDERONES (888)
• United States
21 May 07
I have not had a hip replacement, but I have had two back surgeries. The last time, I rushed my recovery time and now I suffer from alot of back pain. I should have rested and took time off work to recover, but I went back to work after 2 weeks. If I had to do it over, I would rest longer and not be so axious to get back to work. Good luck to your friend and I hope she has a speedy recovery.
@shambuca (2560)
• United States
21 May 07
thank you for your help
• United States
25 May 07
I hope your friend is doing ok from the hip replacement.
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• United States
31 May 07
I had hip replacement 6 wks ago. Mine was for a badly displaced femur after a fall down steps. I don't know how long ago your friend had the surgery so my advice is limited. Every week after surgery is different. One mistake I made was overdoing it with the rehab exercises. I thought if 10 reps were good, like the P.T. advised, then 15 were better. At one week post-op my thigh muscles contracted so horribly, it was like my thigh was a piece of marble. It set me back a bit, but I am doing well now. I am assuming your friend has a grabber (device to reach things). Also helpful is a long shoe horn and a sock aid which will help her dress herself. I am very independant so it was difficult to have someone do these things for me. It gets better quicker. The younger you are the easier, I believe. I am 55 yrs.
@shambuca (2560)
• United States
1 Jun 07
SHe is 55 also and very independent - it's making her crazy that she can't do certain things for herself. Right now her foot and leg are very swollen. But I do appreciate your advice- any imput is helpful-- thank you so much!
@mummymo (23707)
21 May 07
I am sorry sweetheart neither I nor any of my close family or friends have been through this so I can't give any advice for her but I do send my good wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery - I know how it feels to recuperate from major surgery!
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@shambuca (2560)
• United States
21 May 07
thank you for the well wishes- she is in much pain- but hoping to go home soon.
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
21 May 07
No I am sorry I am waiting at the moment to have tests done on my Hips I am so sorry that your Friend has had to have this done and I do hope she recovers real soon Really the Doctors should advise her but there is bound to be someone on here that can help you out on this one
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@shambuca (2560)
• United States
21 May 07
they have given her advice - but sometimes the advice is better when it comes from someone who has been through it.
• United States
4 Mar 08
I am 62 years old and in good health and had my total hip replacement done 3 month ago. It's a hard road to recovery but it get's better every week as long as you don't overdue it in the beginning. I walk finally without crutches most of the time but still walk with a little limp or more like a duck. In the evenning my muscles are sore and painful but I walk every day and get stronger. Remember it's a major surgery and some of the big muscles got cut so don't overdue it. It takes time and belief me I am frustrated at times too.