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Do you need a Hip Replacement? - What to expect if you do!

Updated on November 29, 2016
Photo of a hip joint with worn cartilage.
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Broken bones

I regained consciousness and, looked up into the face of a fireman; he was trying to pry my driver's door open. Other firemen Went around to the passenger's side and opened that door, they had what looked like a surfboard and they were attempting to pull me upon it. I unfastened the seat belt and turned my back to them and pulled myself up on the board. As I was being taken to the ambulance, I asked where is the driver who hit me was, they did not seem to know and, I did not see any other vehicles.

When we arrived at the hospital and x-rays were taken, I was told, my seat belt broken my collar bone and because it was healing with the bone overlapped, they would have to re-break it and place a plate over the break with screws on each end, like a splint. I said it does not hurt so, just leave it alone. That was 19 years ago and to this day, I have not had any problems with my collar bone.

My hip is a different story. The x-ray showed that the ball of the femur was shattered, with tiny cracks like an old vase.

I had been placed in the children's ward until a room became available and, was in excruciating pain and, my screams were frightening the children, so I was moved to a hallway on a different floor until a room became availabe. After what seemed like hours I was assigned to a room where, I was put in traction for the next week and a half, as the pain subsided, they brought a walker for me to use and I was sent for therapy every day for another week and then sent home.

It never occurred to me that I would need a Hip replacement

My hip seemed to be healing and the orthopedic doctor told me that it was healing, as I continued to go for therapy, but my injured leg seemed to become shorter.

When my husband and I moved to a different state, it was suggested that I see an orthopedic doctor here.

I did not see the point, what could a doctor tell me? Except that my hip was getting worse. Instead, I joined a gym and as the months and years passed, I was beginning to feel pain, especially when sitting, standing or walking for long periods.

At the time of the accident, it never occurred to me that I would need a hip replacement.

About three years ago, when the pain had increased, at times, to about an (8) on a scale of (1) - (10) I went to the orthopedic doctor that had been recommended, and was told that the cartilage was deteriorating and I needed a hip replacement.

He could see that I was really scared and, he said but I can see that emotionally, you are not ready. And, he was right. He said come back and see me when you can no longer tolerate the pain.

As more months and years passed, the pain became worse and, after another three years, I realized that, I needed to have the hip replaced ASAP, as the pain had begun to interrupt my sleep.

I made the appointment and, went to see Dr. Heerwagen, the orthopedic surgeon. X-rays were taken and, I was told that the cartilage was completely deteriorated and, when I walk the bones are rubbing together. I was told the alternative was to get a cortisone shot, which would only last a short while, maybe one to six months and, was only temporary and, the only permanent solution would be to have a total hip replacement. I could only get the shots every three months. Just don't wait until you have to come here in a wheelchair to get the hip replaced, Dr. Heerwagen told me.



Possible side effects of cortisone shots

I opted for the cortisone shot and, went to Baylor Surgical center for it. When they woke me the pain was gone. Strange, I did not realize how badly I had been hurting, until I no longer had the pain.

The cortisone shot lasted exactly three weeks and the pain came back with a vengeance. Not knowing what the possible side effects of cortisone shots could be and, trusting that they were safe or they would not be given to me.

With so much pain again I went to see Dr. Heerwagon, the orthopedic surgeon and ask for another cortisone shot. Because of possible unique side effects, especially Joint injections, that can cause injury to the joint tissues. I was told that, I would have to wait three months to get another cortisone shot.

I went home in pain and, after working outside for a few hours, I was in such agony it was impossible to sleep.

It was Friday and, after 5pm, I could not call the doctor until Monday, I could not let-on to my husband the horrible pain I was in, for fear he would go into panic mode.

Monday, it is late May and, I have made up my mind to have the hip surgery. I called the Orthopedic Surgeon and spoke with his nurse. I asked her many questions. I told her to pencil me in for some time in August. Half hour later I called her back and asked her to schedule me ASAP. After we talked and talked about my husband's appointments with his group of doctors, it ended up being in August, after all.

July13th, I had an appointment to have regular labs done, and thought they would have the request from the Orthopedic Surgeon, to do the screening for the hip surgery. Mary Lou, made the decision to do the labs for the surgery and then she called Dr. Heerwagen, who faxed the request for everything he would need.

July 16th, I got a call to come to Dr. Long, my family doctor's office. When I got there I had an EKG and, then was sent to the hospital where the surgery would be done for a chest x-ray.

July 26, hubby and I went to a class to learn the sequence of what I will be going through on the day of surgery and, we were taken on a tour of the hospital (which is beautiful.)

Replace or Repair: The miracles by Ghost Production's

It is almost time!

Everything is prepared and the time is almost here. All that is left to do is go to the hospital at 6am.

To be continued. . . . .

See: http://shyroneshenko.hubpages.com/hub/COUNTDOWN-TO-A-TOTAL-HIP-REPLACEMENT-CONTINUED


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      Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments and for sharing on FB and AH.

      Yes Chipper is a comfort to us, Kev was laughing the last time I talked with him and he asked if Chipper is so smart can he do all the things the little dog in the commercial does. I told him of-course I just haven't taught him all those tricks yet.

      Blessings and hugs to you my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 3 weeks ago from North Texas

      Revisiting this excellent article that I think can be so helpful to anyone with a hip replacement in their future. Sharing this on FB and AH.

      Glad you have adopted Chipper. I'm sure he's a great comfort to both you and John right now. Blessings dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Alicia, thank you for reading this hub also and for the comment. There was very little pain after surgery and after about 6 weeks no pain at all. All the pain was before surgery when the bones were rubbing together with no cushion between.

      I do thank you for the for the expressions of concern. You are very kind.

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      Linda Crampton 9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a dramatic story. I'm sorry that you experienced such pain.

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      Shyron E Shenko 13 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing.

      I hope you are enjoying the nice weather

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 13 months ago from North Texas

      Back to share this excellent article on a subject that effects a lot of older people. It must be about your 3rd or 4th anniversary since you had this done. Time sure flies.

      101 degrees Fahrenheit out there right now and there are still a couple of hours for the temp to rise. Hope you and John are in a cool place with your feet up. Blessings and hugs dear friend. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      To my friend Gale, who is soon to have her hip surgery.

      I wish her all the best.

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      Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing.

      Forgive the delay in thanking you for the comment.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      This was re-pinned just the other day from the AH board I think it was. May have been from my 'Health' board, hard to say, but it was re-pinned. This would be very informative to people who have this to look forward to it if they are able to find it on Google.

      Sharing again.

      Hope all is well there. I'm ready for a nap. Blessings to you dear friend . . . take care . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing. Yes, I do just about anything that I did before, but without the pain that went with it.

      If anyone needs a hip replacement, I say go for it. My granddaughter had a hip replacement when she turned 18.

      I hope all is well with you, take care, blessings and hugs.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      It's been a couple of years now. From what you tell me you are doing pretty much anything you want to and having had a hip replacement hasn't held you back from much. That's good news and should hearten anyone who is soon to undergo a similar surgery.

      Wanted to bring attention to this article again because I think it would be invaluable to someone who is about to undertake this same journey. Sharing of course.

      Hope your day is going well. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Audrey, yes, it went well, I lived with pain for way to long, six weeks after surgery was like it never happened but, without the pain. Thank you for stopping by.

      Blessings and Hugs.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Ms. Audrey, there is a second installment on Shyron's profile page right above where this article is located on that page, so you can read about the aftermath if you like.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      So it must have gone well?? More later??

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you again for the comments. Yes the hip replacement if going well, still.

      Hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Thought I would visit this article again. I guess things are still going well for you regarding your hip replacement even after that mishap while working on the concrete. So glad it has all worked out well. Giving this another share as anyone contemplating this experience could learn a lot from this article.

      Hope all is well with you and John. Blessings to you both and hugs, too.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, it is my 2 year anniversary. Time is flying by. Cut grass all day yesterday, took all day by myself. There is something so satisfied about cutting the grass when it looks so neat and trim. I was surprised that it was so high without water, we have a ban on watering the lawn.

      I got a bit upset when I found half a cat on the lawn. I guess the coyote found out that the cats crosses our property to hunt for mice, I am glad it was not the black one, but felt bad that it was the black and white one. I called the town and they sent out someone to pick it up.

      I really appreciate you my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Must be close to your anniversary when you had this procedure done. It's a fantastic article that should be helpful to lots of people. Pinning it again to AH, and going to post it on FB and share with followers.

      Hope everything is OK there. Haven't seen you here much. Have a blessed day . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, my dear friend, I hope that this information will help someone who is concerned or torn about what to do, live the pain that limits what you can do, or have it taken care of. It is hard for me to remember that I had this done, it is as if it never happened, but I have a beautiful scar, which has almost disappeared, And I am told that I could set off the alarm in the airport and have to carry a card with me to prove that I have an artificial hip.

      Thank you my friend for the vote, pinning and sharing.

      Blessings, have a wonderful weekend.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Going to share this again because I think there are a lot of people who are looking for this information. Hopefully they will find this and many of their questions and concerns will be answered. It's one thing to read what medical people have to say about this procedure, and quite another to learn what a person who has been through it has to say regarding their experience.

      Voted up, AUI, pinned to AH, and sharing.

      Hope you will have a more restful day Saturday.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Cheryl, I really appreciate you. Thank you for the comment.

      I was an inpatient for a couple of weeks after my surgery. The people who work in therapy are so wonderful. Yes you are right and my hip feels like it never happened, but there isn't any pain anymore.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your comments, votes pin and sharing and most of all thank you for you friendship, which is most appreciated.

      I hope all is well with you.

      Heaping blessings on you.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      The things in life we take so much for granted. Not being able to walk is one of those things. I worked on an inpatient rehab for 10 years and so many lives that were renewed because of hip and knee replacements.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This is a very helpful and therefore useful article. Lots of people who must go through this would almost certainly want this information. I know I would if I were going to go through it. I think it was so good of you to share your experience so that other people might be more confident knowing what is in store.

      Voting up, useful, awesome, pinned to AH, and sharing.

      Really hoping for the very best for you Shyron. Seems like there are enough problems in this world without having to add health to the mix.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Oh Patraubie48, I hope that you never have to have this done. Sorry that your sister had to have all that stuff done.

      And your niece, I can only imagine what she is going through. I have a cousin who is also allergic to metal, and the hell she is going through right now is unimaginable. She told them when they put the metal in her broken arm, and she was ignored, and they wondered why she got a bad infection.

      Thank you so much for the Angels, and now they are on the way back to you, your sister and your niece.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Rebecca (rebeccamealey) thank your for your visit and comment. My surgery was more than I had hoped for, at this moment in time, it is like it never happened, except without the pain. Pain when I sit, walk, or sleep. Thank you for your best wishes.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your comments, votes sharing and pinning. I would like to have read something like this before my operation. But my granddaughter told me about hers, and my son's girlfriend also who is the hospital therapist, gave me lots of good information.

      So, I thought it would be good for someone who had not idea what they would be getting into.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      O, so far I have not had to have this and hope not ever. My sister had this and knee replacements and it was caused by 30 years of being an EMT and carrying and lifting folks up and down stairs.

      My niece has had a nightmare time as she was allergic to the metals they used. O my.

      I hope that others have a much more positive experience. Perhaps testing for metal allergies prior to the surgery should be protocol..just thinking that might be wise. There are ceramic hips too and I think that is what they may use this time.

      Angels are on the way to you... ps

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I am sorry for your accident, and I hope your surgery is a great success. I am sure it will be. Best wishes!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Stopping in here again to bring this into the light again for anyone who may be facing this type of operation in the near future. I think it's so good that you have shared your experience here and in another hub that talks about your after surgery experience. I know it would be so very helpful to me if I were about to go through this sort of thing. Sharing in hopes this will be helpful to someone out there and also voting it up and AUI again too. Already pinned on my own boards, so I'm pinning it to Awesome HubPages this time.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Tom, for your comment, and your up votes. I am sorry I did not respond before now, but just got you comment today, believe it or not.

      I appreciate you. ---Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for sharing, voting and pinning. I appreciate you very much.

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      Tom Schumacher 3 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

      The possibility of ever needing a hip replacement scares me. A friend had this surgery and, despite things going well, it took him several months to recover to a reasonable level of use and comfort. Thankfully, however, modern medical science makes this procedure relatively routine these days. Voted up for useful information.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this again. Someone out there may be getting ready for this and see this and find comfort in knowing what to expect. Most of all they will appreciate knowing that everything went really well for you! Voting it up and awesome again too and pinning to Awesome Hubpages.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Cheryl for your comments. I am not sorry that I waited. Once the pain of the surgery went away, it is like it never happened and I can now work outside all day and not have to stop, because of the pain. I don't think I was have the surgery before I was ready emotionally.

      My granddaughter had her surgery at 21 and she was my inspiration.

      I met a young man last week who had his surgery in 2011 and he is in so much pain now. I think I am fortunate that I waited. I think it must have been Divine intervention that kept me from having it done years ago.

      It would have been neat if you could have been my nurse.

      --Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you DDE for reading and commenting on my story. Yes I had a hip replacement. I went as long as I could and reached the point where I could not sleep because of the pain. I lived with constant pain for 15 years. Then I had it done. The next chapter is called. Countdown to a Total Hip Replacement.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your comment, up votes and pin. I think this would have helped me if I had read something like this before my surgery. But I do realize that this is the way it had to be.

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      Cheryl A Whitsett 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Good luck with your surgery. I have been a nurse in rehab and ortho for many years. It really isn't as bad as you are thinking. Yes you will have pain but it will be gone once it heals. Sorry you waited so long. You could have been recovered years ago.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Do you need a Hip Replacement? - What to expect if you do hip pain can be annoying I look forward to the next chapter of this hub, hope you get well soon, an informative and useful hub for many readers.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I think there must be a lot of people who would love to read this and learn everything you've put in this great article. People who may need a hip replacement, or whose spouse or other loved one is about to have one. I'm sure this would answer a lot of their questions.

      Voted up, AUI, and will share! Just checked, and I can't believe I didn't pin this article before, but now it is pinned to my 'Health' board.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Roy K.

      Thank you so much for your comments and your questions. Right now this moment it is like it never happened, but there is no more pain. I was also told not to run, roller skate or high impact sports, but I can do all the things that I could do before, I know that I can roller skate, but will not I know if I fall it could damage my other him. Other than that I have no fear of doing anything I want to do. As the saying goes: Whatever does not kill you makes you stronger.

      I am so glad you can walk and dance. I hope you have a full and speedy recovery also.

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      Roy K 4 years ago

      You havent discussed what your prognosis for recovery will be. Do you think you will resume an active lifestyle? I was told that I should not run, water ski or high impact sports. I can walk and dance, but.....

      I am interested in your comments very much and good luck on a full, speedy and complete recovery.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Rose, for your comments and for reading my article, and the up-votes. I thank God for surgeons like Dr. Heerwagon, and the advancement of modern technology. -Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Peg, for reading, commenting, up-votes and sharing. And your well wishes. I could have had it done 12 years ago. But, with the advancement in materials, I am glad I had it done now. My granddaughter had hers done when she turned 21. And my friend Patricia is walking around now her was done last Wednesday.

      It is amazing what they can do.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article and what a story! I have known of relatives that had to have hip replacement surgery. Hip problems can be very painful, thank goodness that for many, surgery is a God send! I read part 2 of your article. I am glad to see that everything went well and you are doing fine. Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us. This is very informative for anyone needing the surgery. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      So glad by reading the comments that you are now well and healed. Had you known what you now know, you probably would not have put off having the surgery for so long a time. Up votes and sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Timetraveler2, thank you for your comment.

      At the time of this writing my surgery was scheduled for the next month. I had no cartilage left, so the bones were rubbing together when I walked or moved, and I was writing what was happening as I went along.

      My surgery went fine and I had the most fantastic surgeon. I had my hip replaced and right now it is like the surgery never happened except I don't have pain and my scar is 6 inches long. My surgeon tells me my new hip should last about 30 years.

      I have a follow-up hub that tells how the surgery went. Thanks again for the well wishes.

      My granddaughter had her hip replaced at 21 and they expect her to have it for at least 25 years.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      I'm sorry for your problems, but must tell you that it is your fear of surgery that is giving you the pain. I have had THREE hip replacements, and with a good doctor, hospital and appropriate pain management, I can tell you the pain was almost nothing and the surgeries all went well. The longer you wait, the more damage you do to your femur. You have suffered greatly as many do, but surgery in many cases can give you your life back..if that is what you really want. Best of luck to you. I'll be interested to see how this goes for you. By the way, there is a site called "Totally Hip" which is strictly for individuals who are facing or who have already had hip replacements. It is interactive and the people there are extremely supportive. Take a look.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for you comment, I really appreciate you.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Going to share this hub because I think it can be so helpful to people who are expecting to go through this in the near future.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, always appreciate your comments.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      A great resource for people who need a hip replacement so they will have an idea of what is in store . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is such a good hub on this subject along with the hub you wrote to follow up on this one. People planning a hip replacement like you had or even a knee replacement might find this helpful.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait,

      The continuation, is written and almost ready to publish.

      You are so kind, thanks again.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      This is a very good hub to help people understand a little of what they will go through with a hip replacement, but when are you going to write the next one? The one about actually waking up after the surgery? And what happens next and what it's like to go through the physical therapy afterwards, etc. ?

      Up and awesome!

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Glad you are home and looking forward to reading the follow-up hub on your experience. These hubs should be very helpful to people contemplating this surgery and help them to prepare for it.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      This is such a great hub for people to read who may be looking at a hip replacement themselves in the near future that I'm going to comment on it again.

      So sorry to learn they are not managing your pain very well. I do hope you will feel better soon.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      It is very painful at the moment but I am getting there. thaks for the comment.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting video and amazing what surgeons can do to put us back together again.

      Hope all goes well with your surgery and that you will soon be good as new!

      Voted you up, interesting, and useful.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Bob. I am sure I will get through it. Just thought it may help people who are having problems with their hip and think that it will get better, and the only way to make it better is to have the hip replacement.

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      Bodyshop Bob 5 years ago

      Ouch! Good luck with the surgery.