OK….so I really need to know some answers to my questions. I won’t have answers until my pre-op appt on 12/29…but figured I should start writing them down.
- When will I be able to put weight on my hip? Dr. Tim says that he wants me on crutches for 2 weeks. He says that he KNOWS I will want to put full weight on my hip before then, but he wants to make sure that I gradually add the weight and give the joint time to heal.
- When will I be able to swim? He is recommending that I wait 1 month.
- When will I be able to Spin? No spinning until the 3 months are over. Spinning puts pressure on the socket and he wants the initial bone growth into the new “bionics” <– my word not his, to be uninterrupted.
- When will I be able to go back to work? He said I would be able to go back to work when I am ready. He suggested a reentry into the workforce
- Can I do pushups? 1 Month.
- What is the most therapeutic position during recovery? Can I sit at a desk? Yes I can sit at a desk, but I should get up periodically and walk around. (Again, Dr. Tim’s suggestions as far as reaclimating to work…were a bit extreme – but I didn’t think he’d mind if I didn’t completely follow those suggestions).
- When will I realize that hip replacement surgery is not an out-patient thing? Answered: I actually did think it was an outpatient procedure. Talking with Mark the pizza guy – who had his hip replaced…….I figured I’d be walking out the door on crutches the same day and tossing the crutches the next. Tommy Tommy Tommmy sooooo much to learn. I will be in the hospital for 3 days. But I will have a computer and my iphone and words-with-friends, plus a few books that my boys thought I would find entertaining while I’m cooped up.
- I can do upper body work (lifting) but not while standing. As a matter of fact, I am supposed to lift nothing heavier than a coffee cup while I’m standing.
- My leg will be longer after surgery. Yikes. It’s already longer than the other leg. More lifts in the shoes.
- Situps in 2 weeks.
- The walking training plan. After I ditch the crutches. Walk 1/2 block for 2-3 days and assess the pain. If all is well then walk 1 block for 2-3 days and assess the pain. If all is well (i.e. not limping) than walk 2 blocks for 2-3 days …. and so on. Slow and steady.
- The hip will get as good as its going to get in 3 years.
- Highest risk of dislocation happens in the first 3 months after surgery.
- During the first 3 months, avoid any kind of twisting at the hip be conscious of your movements.
- There is a 10% chance I will lose feeling on the skin of the thigh.
- Whenever I go to the dentist for anything, cleaning, fillings, etc, I will have to take antibiotics the night before – for the rest of my life. (WOW).