May 20, 2009 I had my left hip resurfaced this past Thursday with Dr. Mont in MD. I am a 41 year old female. I had a great experience and so far (fingers crossed) my post op recovery has been pain free and better than I could have imagined. Dr Mont’s surgical team was fantastic as well as the nurses and physical therapists. I first went to Dr. Mont two years ago and he gave me lots of non surgical options for my arthritis. Finally though, it was time to operate.
May 22, 2009
I am post op day 9 today and feeling really great. I agree with Michael- I didn’t get all the “things” on the list and I was sending my husband to the store as soon as we got home…..higher toilet seat, extra bandages, tylenol PM, iron pills…etc. I had to ask the nurse if I could take the hospital pillow with me for the 5 hour car ride home because I hadn’t thought to throw one in the car- it helped! All of the tools they give you at the hospital are essential. Make sure you get an extra pair of TEDS. Sleep has been the biggest challenge for me. I went off all meds by day 4 (no pain!!!!) and switched to tylenol only as needed. I am still struggling with the sleep issue. I am not use to sleeping on my back with a huge pillow between my legs. I also think the change in activity level from before surgery is so drastic (I was swimming every day and now I am doing almost nothing) that I don’t need as much sleep.
The other challenge for me has been swelling. My left thigh got huge! I think it was a combination of surgery, 29 staples, the car ride and the drain being pulled. Even though I felt like walking around on crutches I forced myself to lay low and ice my leg intermittently for the first 5 days. I am happy to say it is getting much better. All in all everything has gone better than I could have dreamed!