Hello, I am a 50 year-old male who is about to undergo a total hip replacement on May 8th. I would very much like to hear from people any information about the recovery phase of this procedure. How does it "feel" to walk after you have recovered? Is going to the gym, once you are completely recovered and finished physio, possible? Can one sagely train the affected leg on machines or using free weights once fully recovered? I would appreciate any and all advice and observations please. Thank you for your time and consideration.View Thread
Thanks for replying. Yes I can relate to what you are saying re lower back pain and OA: I have 2 'bulges' in my discs and a central stenosis that seems to bother me even more now after having had my surgery - not sure if it is due to my being in bed a lot of one leg longer (about 1/2 inch) than the other? I will be needing an orthotic in my right shoe to lift me up a bit, hopefully this will alleviate some of the chronic pain in my back. Am now doing physio as an outpatient and will be doing so for another 2 months. I really want to go back to the gym on my own and gain back the muscle mass I lost in the year-and-a-half that I have not gone. I have a spare tire around my waist and my upper body has lost a lot of muscle mass, hope no issues will arise with my lower back because of this? Only one way to find out I suppose, will wait to see my doctor for the follow up in two weeks and see if she gives me the green light.View Thread
Hello again. I am wondering re something that seems not 'right' since my surgery. That is to say that I have had a sensitivity or pain behind my knee and now notice that it extends to the outer side of my knee. I did not have this before my surgery. My physiotherapist says it may be a Baker's cyst. However I cannot find anything that includes the lateral pain which, to me i.e. someone who knows nothing about this, seems to be tendons or ligaments. I am worried because as I said I did not have this prior to the surgery. I know I was told when I left the hospital that if I had any swelling or fever etc that I should return to the emergency room. I am currently on blood thinners. Just wondering what I should do. Any input would be appreciated. Many thanks.View Thread
Hello and thanks for the reply. Yes I have mentioned the orthotic to my physiotherapist and he has told me that it will probably come to that, though he told me to wait until my follow-up with my surgeon.
Am now virtually pain free - no more need for Dilaudid - and am even able to walk unaided. though I only do this for very short distances indoors. Never though would recover so quickly. It is now 2 weeks since my surgery.View Thread
Am back home now after a total of 5 days in the hospital for my surgery. At this point I am almost pain free and almost able to walk with a cane or even unaided (which is shocking to me). The one thing that seems problematic is that my left leg is now approx. 1 inch longer than my right, which used to be about 1/2 inch longer. Have read that this is common (sometimes) however it is a concern. Anyone have any input? Thanks very much.View Thread
Hello and thanks for being the only one to reply (even taking into account that you are the mod or editor). Yes I have already searched and searched and searched but have not really had the specific "how does it feel" to walk with some alien device inside you question answered to my satisfaction. No worries in one week I will have had the procedure done and will no doubt be writhing in agony and will soon thereafter know how it feels to walk with all that metal and plastic they are about to put inside of me. Thanks for your help and time.View Thread