April 22, 2008 I am a 37 yr old who got diagnosed with Osteoarthritis. No one has answers as to why just that it must be hereditery. I was adopted so I’ll never know I suppose. But anyway here is my story. About 2 yrs ago I started having pain in my left hip, went to dr. who referred me to ortho. MRI and x-rays confirmed it was osteoarthritis. I had a cortisone shot that helped for about 6 months and I held off for another 6 months before getting second shot. Second shot did not help at all and x-ray showed it was only a matter of time before needing a hip replacement. On hearing that I was totally devastated. I am the type of person that barely gets a cold every 5 yrs never mind needing major surgery. I was told there were no other alternatives. Well I cried and you would have thought it was the end of the world for me. That night when I got home I said screw this, there has to be something else. Gel injections? Super drugs? exercises? something? anything? So opened my laptop and went searching. I came across this site and was amazed at all the information. Thank you Pat for creating such a vase amount of information on your site. I now have an appt. with Dr. Gross in Columbia SC in 2 weeks to discuss hip resurfacing which doesn’t appeal to me but sounds a whole lot better then Totla hip replacement. I hope I am a good candidate since I already am pretty much bone on bone. I moved to Myrtle Beach SC 10 yrs ago and worried that if I ever needed major medical needs I would have to go back to NYC. I was amazed to find out on this site that one of the best hip resurfacing doctors was only 2 1/2 hrs away. Sorry for the lengthly post but haven’t had anyone to vent to since all this happened. Any information will be greatly appreciated…Lisa
June 25, 2008 Thanks for all the well wishes and great advice everyone. I am now a Surface Hippy!!!! My surgery was sometime between 12-1pm on Monday. Last thing I can remember is being rolled into Op. room and seeing Astronauts. They asked me to move from the bed I was on to the operating table and I commented on the table being crooked. Lights out from then on till I woke up in recovery room half paralyzed. Once I started having sensation in my legs I was rolled up to my private room. Didn’t do much just tried to stay comfortable. I was very very very very ITCHY from the morphine. Took 1,2,3 benadryl then nubain to stop itching (nothing helped) I itched all night long. Nurse gave me ambien around midnight, that didn’t do much either. I was in and out of sleep all night. Between vital signs every 4 hrs and the feeling like bugs were crawling all over me but no pain. Ate french toast for breakfast got a lesson from OT on how to put socks on and take them off, how to grab things, swing leg out of bed and wash this this sponge attached to a long stick. Around 9:00am PT came in. I learned how to get out and in bed, chair and toilet. We them took a stroll down hallway.
I visited with a friend I met on this site that had his surgery after mine. Had afternoon staircase/crutch training and was discharged. The 3 hr ride home was not bad at all, no pain. This is funny – I did not have a raised toilet seat so I improvised. I had my husband put my son’s potty training potty on top of the toilet seat and it worked. I tried it again later on with my sister’s assistance in another bathroom but it slowly slipped out from under me, well we were laughing so hard I didn’t feel any pain…I just stood up and clenched my teeth as I was laughing. Needless to say we moved it back to the other bathroom were it doesn’t slip.
My first night home was ok still slightly itchy but slept approx. 4 hrs. Woke up at 7am..love love.love Cable On Demand. I let my husband sleep in and I watched a movie. Around 9:30 the family got up and we had breakfast, I slept on leather couch recliner and have spent the day here. Showered and did a few laps around the house. Going to take a few more pain pills and venture outside for a walk. Wasn’t sure if I should have blogged all this or just add it to my other comments. I’ll download pictures /Videos and try to figure out how to add them in tonight. So long for now…Lisa
July 3, 2008 Just thought I’d let everyone know I took a Lunesta at 8:30 and was alseep by 9:30. Woke up full of energy at 7:00 and took my dog for a 1/4 mile walk. I must say I was happy to see the driveway and collapsed on the couch.
July 9, 2009 2 weeks post – op (yesterday) 7/7/08
Walked a mile!!!!! My husband and son kept checking on me every few blocks on our golf cart but I MADE IT!
My husband also had my polarcare packed with ice and ready to go. I was swollen and the Ice felt great.
(My incision is 4 inches and healing nicely. Still itchey but better. I can’t wait to go swimming. (2 more weeks)
I try to walk without cane but have a limp so back to the cane till I heal some more.
15 days in today and it was my first day home alone with my 3 yr old son. Did my exercises in the AM. We rode over to the pool and he went swimming as I sat in lounge chair soaking up the sun. Back to the house for lunch and Jr. had a nap. I got on my work computer and checked some email. Did my exercises. Spent the afternoon watering plants and watching my son play in the yard Skipped my walk tonight and had a few beers with the neighbors in the yard.
Sleeping has gotten much better. Some nights I need Lunesta to sleep but the more I do during the day the easier sleep comes.
LIFE IS GOOD! Lisa
July 16, 2008 I’m at the 3 week mark and feel great..I’m even able to get down on the floor and play with my son. It is somewhat difficult to get up but I manage. My incision looks awesome well as awesome as an incision can look I suppose. I went against Dr. ordered and got it wet. I did purchase tagaderm to cover it and did not submerge my hip too much. It was more like wading thigh deep in the kiddy pool at the water park. I got home and about soaked it in betadine to clean it. I’m walking regularly 1 mile a day and as long as I use the cane I have no limp. Last night my son drove his electric lighting McQueen car as I walked and tried to keep up with the lil speed demon.
Today I took my son to Toys R Us for a scooter, well I left carring the scooter and the cane at the store. Didn’t think about it till I was sitting down in Margariteville for lunch. My hubby went back for it luckily.
Haven’t had any swelling or the need for Ice therapy and I can finally sleep on my stomach or side in the bed. I said farewell to my recliner this weekend.
Hope everyone else is recovery nicely. My Lunseta is kicking in so off to bed I go..Lisa
July 23, 2008 I’m at the 4 week marker this week. I could not wait to get here so I could go swimming. Went to the beach but the water was so rough I was afraid the waves would topple me over and dislocate my new part. Never made it in past my HIPS….
Heading to the pool tomorrow for some aquatic Therapy and to finally swim with my 3yr old who thinks he has gills.
I got on my elliptical very carefully to see if I could handle the movement and it felt wierd but no discomfort. It was just a 30 second trial run so Mike don’t go telling Dr.Gross that I’m a bad patient and not following the RULES…
I wrote in another topic today that I was able to finally bend over and tie my sneaker (Mike I see your eyes rolling).
Limping less and less each day. I head back to work in 2 weeks after 6 week check-up. I probably could have went back already but Dr. wrote me out for 6 weeks. So I do listen sometimes..lol
Take care everyone… Lisa – uncemented/biomet/Gross/6-23-08
August 9, 2008 6 Week Update Just thougt I’d update date everyone. I am at week 6 post-op. My appt. went well and Dr.Gross & Lee said everything looked great. Restrictions aren’t to bad. No bending hip into extreme flexion (squatting) or crossing legs at knee. No lifting more than 50 lbs and no impact loading such as jumping and jogging for 6 months. After 6 months the skies the limit. I can do whatever I want. X-ray showed my new parts fitting nicely and my incision looks great. I have progressed to the Rapid Recovery Program which consists of 1-2 miles per day, stair climbing, exercycle, elliptical, swimming and of course stretching and leg lifts exercises daily. Lifting my leg while laying down on my side was impossible 3 weeks ago but now I have built up to 15-20 reps holding for 10 seconds. Going back to work has kept me quite busy so I try to fit in extra exercises when I can. Swimming has become a daily activity and luckily I have access to numerous pools near home which pleases my 3 yr old who seems to think he has gills. It’s nice to finally be able to tie my own sneakers, at one point I was knocking on my neighbors door with my foot out asking to have my laces ties..ugh.
August 13, 2008 I am at 7 weeks as well. I limp at times, especially when I’m tired and in the back of my mind I think my operated leg is shorter. I know it’s just trying to learn how to walk normal again after all those months of limping/over compensating. Everyday we get stronger and there will come a day eventually when we no longer limp. I felt like I was 90 yrs old today. I worked out on my elliptical, then went to the floor and did abs and leg exercises. I layed there for a while when I was done watching some of the olympics and when I went to get up I was sore all over. I’m not even sure if it was a good soreness or more of body aches. August 23, 2008 2 MONTHS POST-OP
This week was kind of a set back. I think I over did it last week and now I am paying for it. I increased the incline on my elliptical and pushed an extra 10 minutes (30 total) and have been increasing my sets of routine exercises. Sometimes you feel so good you forget that you had major surgery. Last saturday night I was feeling so good from my weeks worth of working out that I decided to go out for a few cocktails. Well I strapped on my terribly missed ( It has been about 6 months) high heels and headed out. Sunday my body decided to let me know I wasn’t ready for the heels yet. I had an achey pain in my entire leg including shin splints. I called Dr. and they said take it easy for the rest of week and if pain does not go away an x-ray may be necessary. By wednesday I was fine and will resume my working out on Monday. I took a whole week off of walking, exercises, elliptical and swimming. Limping comes and goes depending on how tired I am. Otherwise all is fine. My incision looks like a fine line and improves by the week.
September 23, 2008 I’ve been busy at good ole UPS, now that I’m getting around like normal…..Still get a bit stiff after sitting for a while and when I am dumb and wear heels to work I pay for it by the afternoon into the night by limping around.
February 27, 2010 I am almost 2 yrs in from my surgery, started Boot Camp (not the ARMY just a local work out) and having pain in hip. I notified my Dr. and it might be tendonitius. I’ll rest it a bit and see how it goes