They have you up and walking a bit right away. It takes 6 weeks for the tendon to heal beforre you can start rehab. After 4 weeks of rehab, I was walking without any form of assistance and that was after both replacements which were done 1 month apart.
Do NOT let them do surgeries that close together. You literally don't have a good leg to stand on. That makes life more of a trial than it needs to be after the 2nd operation. It always delays the rehab and makes doing the exercises a lot more difficult.
The biggest part of the recovery for me was regaining all the muscle I lost PRIOR to the surgery. They delayed surgery until I could only get up off the floor by using my upper body stretngth, ditto for getting out of a chair and I could barely walk.
I had both hips replaced in 2010, but did not stay awake during the surgery. I am glad I had it done I feel like a spring chicken again, still need a knee replacement but that has to wair til next year
current weight: 234.0
Fitness Minutes: (127,920) Posts: 7,520 7/28/11 10:27 P
You have no idea how helpful this post is to me! About 2 years ago, I was told that I need to have both hips replaced, and I have been finding every excuse in the book to avoid it, including in part gaining weight! I've been getting shots every 6 months which help for awhile, but it has done nothing but get worse, so that at this point I actually have to do things like clean my house or cook dinner in increments. In addition there are other things happening in those joints that are just too weird to articulate....LOL! I'm really freaked out because I've never had to have any kind of surgery and the thought of the whole process is so frightening, that I'm actually just dealing with the symptoms and telling myself if I lose weight I'll be completely better although I've had 3 doctors tell me this isn't the case! So again and for telling your story, it at least has me considering the possibility of seeing someone about surgery.
Edited by: ARTEMISNYX at: 7/28/2011 (15:31)
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (13,936) Posts: 8,700 7/28/11 3:29 P
Hi everyone, I havent been on this site for a long time, just want to tell that that I had really bad Arthritis in both hips and in the last 12 months I have had both total hip replacements, I am just recovering from my second one which I had done on the 11th july this year, I have no pain which is wonderful but my operation wound is very sore at the moment and am still trying to build my leg muscle up so that I can walk without sticks again. but if anyone out there is about to have this surgery I want to tell you please dont worry about it as it is fine I actually stayed awake through both surgeries and would do it again if I had to.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.