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eltrane 27 August 2008 19:24

Total hip replacement rehab
 
I am certain some here know about this, I am getting this done in October, and I wish it was tomorrow. What sort of a rehab/recovery am I looking at?

Thank you.

ex 27 August 2008 20:22

A world of suck. :D

I've had both my knees replaced and rehab was tough, but I understand the hip isn't nearly as bad (so says my Mom who's had both hip and knee replacements).

Sorry I'm not very helpful, I just wanted to wish you good luck!

ReconB2 29 August 2008 08:32

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eltrane wrote: I am certain some here know about this, I am getting this done in October, and I wish it was tomorrow. What sort of a rehab/recovery am I looking at?
Rehab begins post-op day 1. 3-5 day stay in hospital then outpatient rehab. Anecdotally, hips are an easier row to hoe than total knees. Total joint replacement has advanced on several fronts. From the rehab folks, a pre-surgery class should be available (the "what to expect when you are expecting" for total joint candidates). Disease specific certification is one method of distinguishing top tier facilities and their continuum of care from the wannabes. Rehab programs can follow a template, but need to be tailored for the individual.

More on disease specific certification:

http://www.jointcommission.org/Certi...-SpecificCare/

AAOS information:
http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00303

B2

ex 29 August 2008 11:25

Do you know if you're having traditional surgery or minimally invasive surgery? I had minimally invasive knee replacement and it made a world of difference in my recovery time.

http://www.hss.edu/conditions_minima...eplacement.asp

ReconB2 29 August 2008 12:36

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I had minimally invasive knee replacement and it made a world of difference in my recovery time.
True, the MIS approach makes a difference. The skill set of the surgeon and utilization of computer technology also offer advantages for the patient.

B2

Stryker Navigation System:
http://www.howmedica.com/en-us/Solut...emII/index.htm

Regional facility using Navigation System:
http://www.oakwood.org/?id=691&sid=3

eltrane 29 August 2008 15:47

I am having the minimally invasive surgery, The brochure is nice, but all the people illustrated are old folks!

ex 29 August 2008 15:58

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Originally Posted by eltrane (Post 1039903)
I am having the minimally invasive surgery, The brochure is nice, but all the people illustrated are old folks!

Have you seen the commercial featuring Coach K playing defense with two hip replacements? :cool:

http://www.depuyusa.com/coach-k

Longrifle 29 August 2008 17:25

My 87-yr old dad broke his hip in late June, and I went out to help him out for a couple of weeks after his hip replacement.

He did fine. Don't worry about it. Just do NOT break any of the 'rules' they give you!

ReconB2 29 August 2008 18:54

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Originally Posted by eltrane (Post 1039903)
I am having the minimally invasive surgery, The brochure is nice, but all the people illustrated are old folks!

Mostly true.....with the advancements in technology, hips and knees are being put into a much younger population, however, the majority of candidates are "old folks" :D

As Longrifle related....DON'T break the rules!

B2

Owl 29 August 2008 21:46

Another aspect of having a total hip is the home situation you'll return to after being discharged from the hospital. Things that can trip you like electrical cords or slippery throw rugs should be relocated. Having a place to sit that keeps your hips at the same height or slightly higher than your knees (including the toilet- raised toilet seats are available) is very important. If your couch or bed is way too low try raising them by placing a cinder block/bricks/6x6 scrap of wood, ect. under the legs. A hand held shower nozzle is handy, as is a shower chair or bench. Some of this equipment can be rented.

eltrane 29 August 2008 22:08

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Originally Posted by Owl (Post 1040066)
Another aspect of having a total hip is the home situation you'll return to after being discharged from the hospital. Things that can trip you like electrical cords or slippery throw rugs should be relocated. Having a place to sit that keeps your hips at the same height or slightly higher than your knees (including the toilet- raised toilet seats are available) is very important. If your couch or bed is way too low try raising them by placing a cinder block/bricks/6x6 scrap of wood, ect. under the legs. A hand held shower nozzle is handy, as is a shower chair or bench. Some of this equipment can be rented.

Yes, thanks. I have a Rx for all this gear, and I need to go pick it all out, including a grabber-type deal that will help me pull up my pants.

My wife read through the information folder and we've been trying to get the house squared away for my lack of mobilty. Our 22 month old daughter loves her hot wheels and little chevron cars, so those have been 'diappearing' one at time.

eltrane 30 October 2008 23:38

I got a new hip last Monday and just got home for the hospital. The doc took a good pic of the part of my femur they sawed off, I will post it later.

I am really glad I had this done, I am bit gimpy, but this pain has an expiration date.

ex 31 October 2008 00:07

I'm glad everything went well! Do your PT everyday and you'll be up and around in no time. :)

eltrane 31 October 2008 00:25

Thanks. I am getting around pretty well now, albeit slowly. I feel pretty good actually, and I am glad to have some mobility as my son's football team has their first playoff game this Saturday.

Owl 31 October 2008 02:07

Hey- that's great to hear. Try not to overdo things and remember to take the pain meds as directed. If you hurt too much that can actually slow your recovery.

Frog 31 October 2008 10:15

A large number of current / former SEALs in their 50's are having this surgery and all of them I know were back to work within a week. Now my hips are hurting . . .

Floyd 2 November 2008 08:39

Good to read that the recovery is going well and some great info here

I too am looking at having a total hip replacement done within the next year or so.
I'm 38 yrs old got into a car accident when I was 22yrs old ironically on my way home from a jump. No problem jumping from a Huey at 2000 ft but couldnt make the drive home.

Fell asleep at the wheel hit another car head on (they were fine) the dash came in, hit my knee shoving my femur back breaking my hip socket. I dislocated my hip extricating myself from the car. Since my hip was dislocated the lack of blood flow killed off part of the ball on the femur. Been toughing it out for a long time now but I think it's getting to be about time to get this stuff fixed.

ex 2 November 2008 13:13

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Originally Posted by Floyd (Post 1061249)
Good to read that the recovery is going well and some great info here

Here's some reading for you to do. I don't know if you'd be a candidate for this type of replacement, but since you're so young, it would be something to look into. Don't be surprised if you can't find a surgeon in your area that does this type of replacement; the Hospital for Special Surgery is #1 in the country (maybe the world!) in orthopedics. I've had my two knee replacements performed at HSS.

It might be worth a trip to NYC for a consultation. If you decide to go that route and I can be of any help, please PM me. :)
hip resurfacing

ccorgr175 3 November 2008 08:49

...May you have a speedy and successful recovery!


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Floyd 7 November 2008 23:27

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Originally Posted by ex (Post 1061285)
Here's some reading for you to do. I don't know if you'd be a candidate for this type of replacement, but since you're so young, it would be something to look into. Don't be surprised if you can't find a surgeon in your area that does this type of replacement; the Hospital for Special Surgery is #1 in the country (maybe the world!) in orthopedics. I've had my two knee replacements performed at HSS.

It might be worth a trip to NYC for a consultation. If you decide to go that route and I can be of any help, please PM me. :)
hip resurfacing

Thank you
I am thinking about having it done next summer after I finish my degree. I'd like to get it done before I start seriously looking for a new job utilizing that degree.

I just got back from a CNC software programming class and the instructor had helped numerous orthopedic manufacturers learn the software.


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