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11/11/12 5:51 A

My Ma had a hip replacement in her mid-seventies, and was very pleased with the results. I will have to have one eventually (I'm 68 now) but I've lost enough weight, thanks to Spark, that the hip hardly hurts at all now. However have been really interested to read all the helpful comments - thank everyone

N16351D Posts: 2,349
11/10/12 6:11 P

I have a friend age 94 who had hip replacement at age 92. She is getting around her home just fine, but needs to rest frequently.

I am a huge supporter of Physical Therapy, or PT. The therapists are well trained and have helped me immensely with post-surgeries and a chronic neck pain from whiplash in a car accident in 1978. In fact, it was the PT who recognized what caused me severe headaches and got me going on exercises to strengthen and stretch the tight muscles! I'll skip the long essay about those experiences, as those have been written on other posts and I am short on time. But PT got me through knee sugery, and thrice with Trigger Finger surgeries. I would not consider surgery without PT lined up to follow through and get going on it as soon as possible!

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11/10/12 6:04 P

My mom is 54 and had her hip replaced earlier this year (she also had a spinal fusion done several years ago). She was hobbling along fairly slow for the first week or so after surgery to the point that my dad, who uses crutches to walk, was moving faster than she was.

She got back to "normal" very quickly. It's been a couple months, but you would never know that she has a fake hip. She back to walking on her treadmill like she used to before her hip started acting up.

I don't know a lot about the specifics of what she did post-surgery, but I believe a lot of it was just walking and slowly building up the pace as her hip would allow.

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11/10/12 3:53 P

Hi emoticon My uncle just had his hip replaced and they actually had him up and moving pretty fast! He only had to spend 24 hours there, if that. He had just gotten his foot operated on before that, and he said the pain was very minimal compared to the foot surgery. He gets around pretty well now and he feels a lot better. The foot thing is a different story, but the hip surgery went great. Good luck!

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11/10/12 3:40 P

I work on a hospital floor that does hip replacements frequently, although I have never had one done myself. I wouldn't feel comfortable giving concrete advice/timelines regarding physical activity after surgery because
a) that is very individual... some people (whether it is their personal anatomy, motivation, the amount of damage done by the arthritis, precise type of surgery, etc.) have different results of how long it takes them to get going back to the function they would like.
b) that is the job of your physical therapist - they are much more specifically trained, and also, (in conjunction with my first point) they will better know what is best for you at any given point in time given your progress.

I can tell you that in general, post-op from hip surgery will involve a period of rest immediately after. This is a good time to rest, have adequate pain control. Rest is very important, and speak up if you cannot sleep because of a roommate, noise, etc!
You may need to learn about hip precautions (certain movements that you'll be restricted from doing right away) immediately post-op. When in doubt if you should do a certain movement, ask! Better to be safe than sorry.
Physical therapy will want to get you up and going pretty fast, actually, because in general, the sooner you move after surgery, the better! Guidelines for this can be particular to the hospital, so feel free to ask them ahead of time what to expect.
Make sure that if you require pain medication, to let your nurse know and not be shy or feel like you are being a "wimp" for asking. Pain will naturally increase with movement. Being medicated for pain, (if you require medication) BEFORE Physical Therapy is very important. Good pain control = much better physical therapy sessions, and better long-term results.

On a side note, be sure to exercise your lungs after surgery! Deep breathing/coughing and using any device they give you for breathing exercises will help prevent fluid build up in the lungs (and potential pneumonia.)

And in general, if you have a question, ASK! It's easy for someone who works with many patients having the same type of surgery to forget that it's brand new for the patient! There is no such thing as a silly question!

Those are the GENERAL expectations immediately after surgery, which is primarily what I am familiar with. Good luck!

Edited by: BAMBOOBUNNY at: 11/10/2012 (15:46)
LUZON49 Posts: 684
11/10/12 1:17 P

I have been given that news that the pain and crooked right leg are due to the advanced arthritis in my right hip (and the left...though less so). Now I am facing a hip replacement in the next couple years and am reading whatever I can .... In the past, I have found that the best information comes from those who have gone through it Can anyone help me with their experiences and anything they learned that helped them get through it? What about exercise? How soon...what kind.....what is PT like? I have had PT on my knee and shoulder....the shoulder manipulation and therapy were excruciating. I heard that the hip is not as bad. Help!

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