Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Hip Replacement experience.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had a left total hip replacement on July 9, 2013. I am thankful I always worked out at the gym. I just turned 61 the week after surgery. I am a registered nurse and was back to work in 6 weeks. I feel the physical therapy is the utmost importance and to continue even if you never worked out before. I also believe the mind has to believe this new part is a part of you. No pain, however, a little numbness where the incision is but that will heal in time.

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Comment from: dancing queen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I had a total right hip replacement July 2013. Surgery was performed first thing in the morning - I was home by 1pm the next day! It took a couple of days for anesthesia to wear off. I did take the pain medication as prescribed but did not need it after the 3rd day. Used the walker/cane for the first 4 days; by the 5th post op day I was using no walking aid. Heeding what the physical and occupational therapists tell you is crucial. I was in good physical shape prior to surgery, so that has helped. Surgeon has said to listen to my body as a guide to activity...will start with walking more and increasing the exercises that strengthen my right thigh muscles. I hope to be dancing again after 8 weeks!

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Comment from: Dottie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I needed a total hip replacement after I fell and sustained a fracture. I am a nurse of 40 years and never expected to see myself on state disability and dependent on others. It's been 11 weeks and I still have PT twice a week with pool therapy on one of those days. I have improved, and walk with only one of my walking sticks, but I still can't walk well without the stick. I exercise in the pool here where I live almost every day I don't have therapy and do the "land" exercises too. I hope to get back to work once I am able to walk better. I do take an occasional pain pill. I admit to getting discouraged but am determined to get better.

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Comment from: Agnes, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I had a total hip replacement in June 2013 after falling over and breaking the neck of femur,no arthritis etc. my recovery is going well but I do believe thanks to the surgeon and ohysician refusing to operate until my INR (I am on warfarin) reading was 1.1 or below prevented wound bleeding . Physio and hydrotherapy are essential to recovery as well as having help in the home for 4-6 weeks after surgery. This is a major operation and must be viewed as such. Back sleeping is difficult but it is not forever.

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Comment from: Dottie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I needed a total hip replacement after I fell and sustained a fracture. I am a nurse of 40 years and never elected to see myself on state disability and dependent on others. It's been 11 weeks and I still have PT twice a week with pool therapy on one if those days. I have improved, and walk with only one of my walking sticks, but I still can't walk well without the stick. I exercise in the pool here where I live almost every day I don't have therapy and do the "land" exercises too. I hope to get back to work once I am able to walk better. I admit to getting discouraged but am determined to get better.

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Comment from: John, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I had a fall in my garage in Dec. 2012 resulting in a total replacement of my right hip. I had 2 weeks of physio at the hospital and another 4 weeks (2 sessions a week) at the hospital. Then seven months of rehab at a private clinic. The surgeon has told me several times that exercise will bring me back to normal. I've been exercising and walking but have experienced a lot of pain. I do not like to medicate unless the pain too much. I need to support my family but feel perplexed as to how to proceed. The prosthesis is all metal. I've read that one particular prosthesis has been recalled. I'm unsure of the manufacturers name, however, I feel I cannot undergo anther surgery and go through another seven months of rehab.

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Comment from: sandy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I'm 54 and just had my first total hip replacement and had to lengthen my leg 2 inches. July 23,2013. I have always had trouble with my hip since birth. I am now getting my muscles used to being longer. really sore. I can get up to use the restroom but about all right now. I hope my 4-6 weeks goes by fast with the grace of god I know I will. I have already had 2 kidney transplants. The first lasted 27 years and still working.

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