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.