Hi. I'm hoping someone here might have advice. After getting totally confused and recently even made fearful by doctors, I have decided to go for hip replacement. Kinda brief background: Had AVN in hip after doing splits on icy concrete. Problem not discovered for a few years when I had pain down side of leg (NEVER in or at my hip). Told hip joint had collapsed and leg shortened.
Have had to walk with cane. Getting increased pains in back and same side knee because they are the new pivot points. Two docs said they would NOT do THA because I have no pain; two said joint was too stiff for their approach. One said that I may go through operation and not see any improvement and what was the big deal if I had to rely on a cane and have back or knee pain. He said it would be nothing compared to if I got a dislocation or infection. I said aren't those chances "supposedly" small. He said yes but if I got either, I would wish I had never had a replacement. That made me wonder why anyone ever gets a replacement.
However, then I found a doc who seems assured that I will see better quality of life because of better ROM (no/little rotation in that hip now) and that while problems can happen, precautions are taken and chances are small.
So I scheduled the surgery in early October. Just saw the PT schedule for it and found that I will be in the hospital overnight, then go home which is 45 minutes away. Then the next day I start PT sessions back at the hospital 45 minutes away. The PT is to be 2x a week for 6 weeks before re-evaluation.
I've read elsewhere that the tissue first needs time to heal. Would anyone mind sharing their experiences regarding how much PT is reasonable after posteriolateral approach THA?
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