Total hip replacement - What to expect for recovery

Posted by cak11555 @cak11555, Nov 29, 2018

I am having a total right hip replacement in six weeks. My surgeon leaves me to believe that I will be up and around in a few days, just no kitchen work. The physical therapist who came to evaluate me before hand felt I needed exrended care after surgery. What has been others experience following this kind of surgery? How has recovery gone for you?

@cak11555 welcome to connect we are here to talk,suggest or just listen. One thing Id like to ask you did you ask the Dr what the metal the hip is made of .?9 other people who have had hip replacement will chime in hopefully but you need to fi nd out what material the hip is made of ?As there has been alot of discussion on cobalt been used in hip replacement.

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I had my hips done in 2001 and 2003 without cement which meant it took longer to heal. I used a walker for 6 weeks the first time, and 3 weeks the second time. I think therefore it's important to find out how yours will be done. With cement you will be up and around more quickly. As my procedure was so long ago, I don't know how the hips are done today. I've had very good luck so far. No problems at all. Good luck to you.

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@klouis

Had right hip replacement 4 months ago. Am still feeling like the right leg is longer than the left. Any one have the same experience?

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Hi @klouis – Welcome to Connect! I haven't had a hip replacement – I had my knee replaced so I'm sure it's not quite the same recovery, but there are quite a few great folks here who have had hip replacements. Maybe one of these can give some insight on your experience @scottb32, @scottjeffe, @karon

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Had right hip replacement 4 months ago. Am still feeling like the right leg is longer than the left. Any one have the same experience?

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@klouis

Had right hip replacement 4 months ago. Am still feeling like the right leg is longer than the left. Any one have the same experience?

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Hello @klouis, I would like to add my welcome to Debbra's. I combined your discussion with a conversation titled "Total hip replacement — What to except for recovery." I did this so members discussing post-surgery complications could meet one-another and talk about what comes after surgery. I'd like to also invite @mamie and @edithmiller to this discussion who have talked about dealing with one leg shorter than the other.

@klouis, how is your pain 4 months post-op?

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @klouis, I would like to add my welcome to Debbra's. I combined your discussion with a conversation titled "Total hip replacement — What to except for recovery." I did this so members discussing post-surgery complications could meet one-another and talk about what comes after surgery. I'd like to also invite @mamie and @edithmiller to this discussion who have talked about dealing with one leg shorter than the other.

@klouis, how is your pain 4 months post-op?

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I have minimal hip pain, but am experiencing some lower back pain.

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You will get out of it whatever you put in. I have seen great outcomes & poor outcomes & the paitents committment to PT SEEMS TO BE THE KEY

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@lotsofpain

Going upstairs after total hip replacement

When I had my hip replacement last year I recuperated for a couple of weeks bye sleeping in our front room in a proper bed which allowed me access to the downstairs loo. This time I'm if it's possible I prefer to sleep in my own bedroom upstairs where there is a telly and a loo and just go downstairs a couple of times a day to eat what do people think about as a plan the only reservation reservation is my bed is quite high and difficult to climb onto I would welcome your thoughts

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What about a step on the floor ?

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Going upstairs after total hip replacement

When I had my hip replacement last year I recuperated for a couple of weeks bye sleeping in our front room in a proper bed which allowed me access to the downstairs loo. This time I'm if it's possible I prefer to sleep in my own bedroom upstairs where there is a telly and a loo and just go downstairs a couple of times a day to eat what do people think about as a plan the only reservation reservation is my bed is quite high and difficult to climb onto I would welcome your thoughts

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@lotsofpain You are about to have a second hip surgery and you are wondering if you are able to sleep in your room upstairs.

You will see that I have moved your question into a discussion where members are currently discussing total hip replacement recovery. I did this so you could connect with members like @beatricefay @popolopo that have discussed this topic in the past.

May I ask if your downstairs have a bathroom or would you have to go up and down stairs anyway?

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@erikas

@lotsofpain You are about to have a second hip surgery and you are wondering if you are able to sleep in your room upstairs.

You will see that I have moved your question into a discussion where members are currently discussing total hip replacement recovery. I did this so you could connect with members like @beatricefay @popolopo that have discussed this topic in the past.

May I ask if your downstairs have a bathroom or would you have to go up and down stairs anyway?

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No we have a new downstairs as well

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I have a bathroom up and downstairs . I am still in pain ,close to 6 years now. I think they damaged the nerves to my hip and thigh.

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@lotsofpain

No we have a new downstairs as well

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By 3 days post surgery with every hip replacement I was able to go up and down the 7 stairs into my home. By one week, I was going out for short walks to the end of the driveway and then down the street, weight-bearing but with crutches for support. I slept in a lower bed in our guest room for a few weeks until I felt safe getting in and out of our tall bed. By 7-10 days, I was able to go up & down the 14 steps to the lower level a couple times each day. At 3 weeks on the last (5th) surgery, I even managed to go on a short road trip and walk with crutches into an outdoor venue to see Willie Nelson – with the oversight of my watchful husband and daughters.
Sue

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@lioness

@cak11555 welcome to connect we are here to talk,suggest or just listen. One thing Id like to ask you did you ask the Dr what the metal the hip is made of .?9 other people who have had hip replacement will chime in hopefully but you need to fi nd out what material the hip is made of ?As there has been alot of discussion on cobalt been used in hip replacement.

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My hip was put in 22 years ago and is titanium. I have never had trouble with the hip and have done everything I wanted to do within reason during those years. Now I’m feeling that my old replacement is becoming loose and I will need a revision in the near future.
I found that for about a year or so after your replacement you feel less confident When walking on certain uneven surfaces and about falling. After that you really can forget about having a bionic hip. It’s the best thing I ever did for my body. I encourage you to get one if you need one and to enjoy the rest of your life.

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@hopalongnm3

My hip was put in 22 years ago and is titanium. I have never had trouble with the hip and have done everything I wanted to do within reason during those years. Now I’m feeling that my old replacement is becoming loose and I will need a revision in the near future.
I found that for about a year or so after your replacement you feel less confident When walking on certain uneven surfaces and about falling. After that you really can forget about having a bionic hip. It’s the best thing I ever did for my body. I encourage you to get one if you need one and to enjoy the rest of your life.

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Glad to hear your hip has worked so well and for so long! I will be thrilled if my titanium and plastic revisions, done in 2012, last that long. The original chromium and cobalt ones were rejected within 4 years and had to be replaced. These implants also have been spectacular – just saw my surgeon this morning, and he was happy to hear I can easily go sledding with my grandsons – told me it was wonderful exercise. I just hope the rest of my body holds up as well!
Sue

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