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1st orthopedic appt. today after surgery

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Saw the surgeon today, and I walked into his office without my cane. I understand that I have a titanium prosthesis which is not cemented in. That is why I could weight bear completely right after surgery. I'm doing well, and can do just about anything, as long as I keep the same precautions for another month (no bending past 90 %, no external or internal rotation of the hip, and no bringing my hip or leg past mid center of my body.
I'm able to drive now - woo hoo! That made my day!
Last week I did the eliptical bike for 10 minutes and that really felt great. He says that's good, and I should continue that. I can also use light ankle weights for strength and do stretching exercises. I'm allowed to go swimming as well. I don't have to use my cane unless I'm feeling fatigued.
He did comment on the fact that my other hip is quite bad, but I told him that mentally I'm not going there at this point.
The leg difference is only about 1 centimeter, however, it feels like more. He said that often will sort itself out as the muscles gain strength.
Also, regarding the internal rotation, I have to concentrate on keeping my foot straight when I walk, as the muscles at the back of the thigh were cut, and they too will become stronger.
I've got lots to work on!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ROZEEROZ1 8/23/2011 6:22AM

    Glad to hear that you are doing well.

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MAXIE56 8/16/2011 8:57PM

    Glad to hear you are doing so well

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    You are doing great!

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CLS413 8/16/2011 7:17PM

    Sounds like it's going well. Good luck on your continued recovery.

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PONYFARMER 8/16/2011 6:57PM

    You are doing great! Keep up the work and you will be ready for a foot race soon.

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CEILIE2 8/16/2011 6:54PM

You are doing so well.
You have DONE IT!!!!!

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JUDY1676 8/16/2011 5:41PM

    Glad you're doing so well and are feeling good!

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