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Surviving Total Hip Replacement Surgery: When the Other Hip Needs Attention.

Updated on September 9, 2012

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Thank God I Only Have Two!

On July 29, 2009, I had my first hip replacement surgery and have never regretted it. While I was incredibly anxious about the procedure, I was in severe pain and really had no choice if I wanted to walk normally ever again. Before my diagnosis, I had been convinced I had contracted M.S. or some such debilitating disorder. I was in fact relieved that my condition-degenerative arthritis-could be 'fixed,' albeit with an admittedly complex surgery. And since I was relatively young for such a procedure, my recovery was considerably short, and my prognosis was very positive. Thankfully I was covered by my insurance for this 'elective' surgery, and was only in the hospital for 2 days.

And now, after close to 3 years, I face this situation again...

Lovely Lovenox!

Ouch!
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Recovery Revisited

After the original operation, I was not pleased with some of the aspects of recovery. Though it was only around 5 weeks until I was able to leave my walker behind and get around without assistance, my gait was awkward and I lurched from here to there-not a pretty sight! This of course did improve, all I needed was more patience-which has never been my forte.

One major concern after such a surgery is the potentially life-threateng development of blood clots-or 'deep vein thrombosis.' Surgical stockings are prescribed to prevent swelling of the leg, or 'edema,' and other devices are used to ensure proper blood flow in the leg in question. But that is far from all. In fact, the most unnerving preventative measure for said clots is a medicine by the name of Lovenox. Before I succeed in frightening the heck out of readers, let me assure you that it is not 'that' bad!

Anyhow, Lovenox must be self-injected in the stomach. "YIKES," I cried, certain I could never do such a thing! But I did, for weeks. And lo and behold, I never developed a clot-so I guess it was all worth it. Even the disgusting bruises were short-lived, and life went on!

Soon, soon...
Soon, soon...

Six Days and Counting...

So here I sit, joyfully anticipating what's to come. Mind you, this is not an exercise in mindless sarcasm, for the discomfort of this cartiledge degeneration of mine has returned full force. Bone scraping against bone can be agonizing, at best. Often, I curse my genes, my body. Sometimes, I cry. But then I remember the medical miracle in store and my tears become those of gratitude.

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      Judy 

      3 years ago

      thanks for all this info!! In 3 weeks I'm getting a total hip replacement done and what you write is exactly how I feel and exactly what I needed to hear. God Bless you for sharing!!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Right back at ya, lovely gal! Ahh, the shots aren't so bad, really-the needle is very short so it hurts just a tad. Problem is the psychological aspect of it all!

      So how on earth are you, my friend?? I am so glad to 'see' you again, now that I am 'up and about!'

      Must go to bed-dr's orders, you know.

      Later, RHW!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh my! Poor girl you! I feel so bad for you having to give yourself shots like that - and for all that pain you tolerated. I hope you are recovering nicely Laurel and it is SO good to see you up and about:)

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      Laurel Rogers 

      6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      That's awesome! At 84? More than awesome. Thanks for the wishes, fasialhealth...day after tomorrow!!!

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      fascialhealth 

      6 years ago from Limerick, Ireland

      I should add my mum was a new woman after her op and made the very most of her mobility walking her dog etc. she is 84 and keeps pretty well still. Good luck!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks so much fascialhealth, for commenting. Your poor dear mother! I hope she's doing well. I will look into alkaline diets-thanx for the tip.

      Take care!

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      fascialhealth 

      6 years ago from Limerick, Ireland

      It's a nasty business....My Mother had a hip replacement and like yourself there was no avoiding it if she was to walk again. I remember well, her gasping in pain using the walls to steady herself before she had the op. I am reading a lot about trying to eat a more alkaline diet these these days which seems to have big health benefits in many area including inflamation. Do look in to it I hope you find it helpful and you can live pain free. Good luck

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      Laurel Rogers 

      6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      tipoague, I forgot to mention your hubby's shoulders! I've heard those can be excruciating. Here's to his recovery and (I'll bet) your relief!

      Thanks so much for the visit.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks tipoague, I will! I appreciate your stopping by.

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from USA

      I will be sure to keep you in my prayers and wish you well. My hubby had surgery on his shoulders. Before the surgeries, he was in a lot of pain, now, it only shows up when the weather changes. Let us know how it goes. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      The original surgery is going strong, this one is on the other hip. Should have been more clear!

      Thanks!

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      rmcrayne 

      6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      So Laurel, is this the other side, or is this a revision of the left? Either way, best wishes for smooth sailing, and a speedy recovery.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I wish you all the best as you go through this once again. My Mom had her first hip replacement surgery in 1991. By 2007 she needed hip revision surgery where they take out the old device and put in a new one. The old ones had plastic that wore out after about 15 years. But at 80 years old she was able to get through it again and we're thankful for the doctor who made it possible.

      All the best to you.

      Peg

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great you know the good news!

      I dance, ride bike and enjoy life! Life is good!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks so much, dallas. I asked my surgeon about the muscles, etc., and he will be moving rather than cutting, thank god. You know, I've heard knee surgery is far more invasive and complex than hip surgery. I hope you have recovered successfully and can outrun the wind!

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      You will be fine! Good luck. As noted things have progressed to quicker recoveries. I hope your doctor does the procedure where they do not cut your muscles and tendons. By moving aside these tissues, the recovery rate is much quicker...

      I have had two surgeries on one knee. It was not as invasive as what you have experienced. Each surgery is unique. Yours will be outstanding!

      Keep us posted!

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      Laurel Rogers 

      6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks, Docmo and GLotus! Anxiety is nuisance, but I'm finding the closer next Wednesday comes, the less I worry. Go figure! GL, knowing what to expect can be a blessing and a curse, but in the long run, I am eager to walk again without a limp...

      Great to see you, too.

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      Hillary 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I'm so glad you recovered so quickly and I think it's best to take care of this kind of thing earlier rather than later. Now that you know what to expect, and know the benefits you can face it with a positive attitude. Good to see you again too! Cheers.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      Hip replacement surgeries have come a long way in terms of techniques, safety profile and swift recovery. Good patient experiences such as yours are an essential part of reassuring those who anxiously await one. Thanks for sharing... Wish a speedy and paid free recovery!

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