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CeeJay15

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Surgery in two days!
« on: July 13, 2009, 05:09:00 PM »
Well, I'm almost there. Tomorrow I drive to Boulder for pre-op visits and Wednesday is my scheduled surgery for a right hip BHR. I am very excited to have it done, but getting a little nervous. I watched one of the surgery videos posted on this site and kinda freaked myself out. I've stopped anti-inflammatories and pain meds for over a week now. I used to say "these things don't help at all". Ha! Now my constant pain level has gone from a 3 to a 5. Very hard to sleep and my back is getting jacked up from walking funny to accomodate the hip pain. I can't wait to see you all on the "other side"!
Carolyn
Right BHR Dr. Rector July 15, 2009

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2009, 06:36:24 PM »
Well, I'm almost there. Tomorrow I drive to Boulder for pre-op visits and Wednesday is my scheduled surgery for a right hip BHR. I am very excited to have it done, but getting a little nervous. I watched one of the surgery videos posted on this site and kinda freaked myself out. I've stopped anti-inflammatories and pain meds for over a week now. I used to say "these things don't help at all". Ha! Now my constant pain level has gone from a 3 to a 5. Very hard to sleep and my back is getting jacked up from walking funny to accomodate the hip pain. I can't wait to see you all on the "other side"!
It is VERY normal to be a little nervous. Just try to stay mentally positive. I believe that has an effect on everyone around you. I had to laugh when you said that about your anti inflammatories because the exact same thing happened to me. You'll be sore after surgery. Use your pain meds. Things will get better quickly. We'll be checking in to see how you're doing (when you actually feel like looking at a computer). Hope all goes very well for you!!
Take care,
Joe
May 11, 2009; Dr. Michael Tressler; Green Bay, WI

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2009, 12:11:13 AM »
Yes as I was sitting in pre op the videos I had watched started to freak me out to but then I remembered the great recovery videos so that helped. Just tell your doc to bring his best game and let you do the rest. See you on the other side.
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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2009, 03:06:15 AM »
I was lucky, I watched the videos after my surgeries. Wishing you an uneventful and speedy recovery.
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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2009, 08:39:46 AM »
Hi all.

This is all very new to me. I did a half marathon in April. Wanted to run under 2.15 and did 2.08 which was great. Raised 475 for cancer research which was great.

I had some pain in right knee, so I waited until after the race to see the consultant and he told me that the root cause was severe arthritis in my right hip! I thought he was joking.

Had a cortisone shot which has helped slightly.

I am going for Hip Resurfacing on 4th September, and I am quite worried about it now.

Can anyone reassure me that it will be ok?
4th September 2009, Mr McLauchlan, Preston

DePuy ASR  Right Hip-

No worries now!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2009, 12:15:12 PM »
Hi all.

This is all very new to me. I did a half marathon in April. Wanted to run under 2.15 and did 2.08 which was great. Raised 475 for cancer research which was great.

I had some pain in right knee, so I waited until after the race to see the consultant and he told me that the root cause was severe arthritis in my right hip! I thought he was joking.

Had a cortisone shot which has helped slightly.

I am going for Hip Resurfacing on 4th September, and I am quite worried about it now.

Can anyone reassure me that it will be ok?

Welcome. Yeah, a lot of folks here can tell you that. I'm only 8 weeks out, I'm walking at least 30 minutes every day. I have the doctor's blessing to start trying skatig and biking. I'm sleeping well. I'm not saying it isn't a process, but at my last appointment my doc just looked at me, smiled and shook his head. He's still amazed at the rapid recovery compared to the replacement. One thing I did, that I DO recommend, is that I exercised right up to the day of surgery. I didn't want to go in having not moved for 8 weeks. You'll be fine. Go through this site and figure out what you will need to have around for the first couple weeks after surgery, and go from there. I'm very happy with progress so far.
Take care,
Joe
May 11, 2009; Dr. Michael Tressler; Green Bay, WI

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2009, 12:29:20 PM »
I'm about to get in the car to head to Boulder - surgery tomorrow. I am VERY excited, just a little nervous (really, very very little). I am looking forward to this joint pain being gone gone gone! See you all on the "other side"!
Carolyn
Right BHR Dr. Rector July 15, 2009

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2009, 12:37:43 PM »
Thank you Joe.

Good Luck Carolyn.

I'm sure you will let us know how you get on! ;)
4th September 2009, Mr McLauchlan, Preston

DePuy ASR  Right Hip-

No worries now!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2009, 05:52:25 PM »
 Best of luck Carolyn!!!
I'll be one week behind you for my double.............;^) (I'd be lie'in if I told you I was excited <G>)
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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2009, 07:22:22 PM »
Hey Gav,

I am 6 months out from a LBHR performed by Mr Mcminn, the most important thing is the surgeon mate, with all surgery there is a risk of possible complication but that is a fact.
I was a little anal about the whole thing, i wanted to know the infection rate, the choice of anaesthetic and what pain meds would I use after surgery...you get my drift.

My experience like others was faultless, I could not have wished for a more positive outcome, what I would point out is to try not to follow the get fit quick regime, who cares if you take four months or six months....take your time and enjoy the small improvements.

I can do so much now and I love being pain free, people can't believe how much better I look, without the constant grimace I must have had on my face.

Good look mate, any questions just ask !!!

Terry
LBHR 23/01/2009 Mr Mcminn

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2009, 07:48:54 PM »
Hi Terry

My surgeon is a leading specialist in arthritis in "young" adults!!!

Up to 2006 he had performed 30 HR's, so I am guessing that by now he will have done more than 100 or so, but I will ask him.

I'm having a DePuy ASR apparently!!

I must have gone to see him quite early, because I have still been managing to go to the gym on a very frequent basis. Sometimes the bones do touch and make a cracking noise, but I just have a fairly dull ache in my groin most of the time. The pain has subsided somewhat after a cortisone injection in May.

I have also stopped running for the moment which might have helped.

However my golf continues to be lousy, just as it always has been!! :-[

I'll keep you posted.

Gav
4th September 2009, Mr McLauchlan, Preston

DePuy ASR  Right Hip-

No worries now!!!!!!!!!!!

Tommy

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2009, 09:08:11 PM »
Gavin
        I ran a marathon 4/26/09 with torn labrum and near bone on bone. I had mine done because I did not want to give up running,I also think by hitting the table running is why after 6 weeks I'm walking 10 miles every saturday. I will run a marathon next april and someday run a sub 4 hour marathon. Pick the right doctor and then the rest is up to you. What help me was reading post from people like spencer and ed, and under hip stories people like Cory Foulk and Michel Montgomery. There is alot of things you can do to stay in running shape while your hip heals. Good Luck!
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Oklahoma

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2009, 01:59:47 AM »
Hi CeeJay15

I want to wish you good luck with your upcoming surgery.  I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Keep in touch when you can. 

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5 days post op!
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2009, 03:07:24 PM »
Hi everyone -

5 days post op today. I am home, getting around on crutches pretty well. I actually just tried one crutch so I could carry my cup of coffee over to the computer and did real well! That was exciting.
My surgery went flawlessly according to Dr. Rector. He is awesome. If anyone in or around Colorado is considering surgery, please look him up. Everybody I spoke to in the hospital had nothing but great things to say about him. The nurses and staff at Boulder Community were so nice and caring as well. And Boulder is a great place to be for your loved ones.
Now begins the healing process. Dr. Rector prescribed a "Game-Ready" machine to ice and compress my hip and let me tell you - it's the BEST. You all should check into it. I use it every couple hours or so. It runs for 30 minutes and makes my hip feel great.
The worst part, I think, so far, is trying to sleep in my bed with the damn wedgie pillow between my legs, having to stay on my back all night. It's almost more comfortable just to stay in the recliner.
I still need a Percocet in the morning and take about two more throughout the day. I'm looking forward to being able to just take tylenol but I'm not there yet.
Dr. Rector has also prescribed in-home PT which will start tomorrow. I've been doing the PT exercises as outlined on my discharge papers. The hardest thing for me to do is to make my hip flexor muscles work. Trying to lift me leg up to walk is hard and when doing PT, laying down and lifting that leg up straight is killer. Anyone experience that?

Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts, and thanks Pat, this site is the best!
cj
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Right BHR Dr. Rector July 15, 2009

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2009, 03:11:22 PM »
Glad to hear that you're doing so well.  Yes, those ice machines sure do help a lot.

I look forward to hearing about a positive recovery from you.


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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2009, 03:29:49 PM »
Hi cj

Glad to hear from you.  Lots of people have spent a lot of time in their recliners.  I would spend a few hours in bed, then a few in the recliner.

Many people are able to sleep on their unoperated side with a pillow between their legs a week or more after surgery.  Ask your surgeon if that is OK.

Good Luck.  Hope you heal quickly and get back to being active soon.  Stay in touch.

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2009, 08:27:18 AM »
Hi CJ

Congrats on your journey so far.   Good, isn't it!

With regards to sleeping on your back, before my left leg BHR I was dreading it but soon got used to it.    For my right leg BHR, it was much easier.    Now, 16 months later I find sleeping on my back quite comfortable and something I do without thinking.

Best wishes with your recovery.

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RBHR 19 March 2008

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2009, 01:32:01 PM »
Glad to hear you have a great start. Keep measuring success in small steps and keep moving forward. For sleep, consider melatonin, benedryl or a sleeper. I used a sleeper in the beginning. Really great to hear things are going well.
May 11, 2009; Dr. Michael Tressler; Green Bay, WI

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2009, 05:56:37 PM »
Thanks for everyone's kind thoughts! My husband has been very helpful and loving, but no one know what this feels like but US!
I spent most of the night last night in the recliner, and the last 2-3 hours in bed. Not too bad. Except I wake up at 2 am to go to the bathroom, then can't get back to sleep. Maybe a Tylenol PM wouldn't hurt. I'll have hubby get me some today.
In home PT starts here in a couple of hours. I wonder what we'll do. I will write back and update everyone later.
Thanks again!
cj
Carolyn
Right BHR Dr. Rector July 15, 2009

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Re: Surgery in two days!
« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2009, 08:31:57 PM »
Good to hear you are doing well Carolyn. I just got the call from the hospital letting me know what time my surgery is tomorrow..Looks like 11:15 am is it...Time to get the show on the road.
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