Len's Hip Resurfacing 2010

May 29, 2010

I am a 49 YOM. I have always been active, have a physical job and love hockey and baseball. I was diagnosed with OA last year and had a hip resurfacing done in Ottawa May 20, 2010. 2 days later left for a six hour drive home. Scheduled PT on day 7 and I am getting around well on a cane since then. I have a 90 degree restriction and have been doing my PT at home. I have been taking Tylenol to control a small amount of pain but mostly to guarantee a good sleep. I had an ACL repair done in the early 90s and there is much less pain in this procedure. I had an awesome experience at the Ottawa General Hospital, a very professional caring team to say the least. My wife family are helping me get around which is a big factor too.

June 3, 2010

It's two weeks today. I am walking mostly without a cane unless I am in rough terrain. I am going for walks with the dog, maybe a mile, no pain, it feels great to be mobile. Glad my wife removed the 25 or so staples, that alone provided a lot of relief. I assume the standard protocol is no driving for 4 weeks for everyone. Every single day my hip feels better and stronger. There is a steady improvement. Although I don't have an urge to run yet! I can stand a lot longer than pre-surgery, walk a lot farther and probably sleep better.

June 10, 2010

Three weeks post op today! No real pain. The only meds I need are occasionally if I over exercises and then just to get sleep at night. I haven't needed the cane for a week now, my gait is getting better. I wake up a few times at night and have to move around to get comfortable. The swelling is almost gone now. I am still getting a click when I move my leg, I don't know if that is normal, I see the Doc again in another week and he can probably answer that! I did a few flights of stairs the other day and it was med before bed. The incision site is healing well, the feeling is slowly returning. I have the 90 degree limitation and I look forward to being able to extend my ROM, its improving every day. The PT is easy now so I am looking forward to moving ahead to the strength building exercises already. I know it will make a big difference.

 I have been getting bruising coming to the surface as late as this week. It does come with some pain and then itching then normal. I had bruising in my ankle week one, week two in my calf and upper leg and the last bit is just above and under my knee. Since then sitting is a lot better, movement too. I realize this is normal and thought I should add it to "the experience".

June 21, 2010

I am + 4 weeks now and wow the ROM and lack of pain is amazing.  I was told to let things heal for 6 weeks and then work on strength, I was in less pain when I left the hospital than when I walked in, without meds.

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