On Being A Patient Patient

I apologise for the lack of blogging content in recent weeks.  In my defence, weeks three to six of recovery from hip replacement surgery are really boring if things are going to plan.  This makes for dull blog content, but, hopefully, long-term successful surgical outcomes.

I don’t think anyone would describe me as patient.  When asked to identify my weaknesses in a job interview, I have, in the past, put “prone to impatience” at the top of my list.  My mother reminded me frequently before my surgery that I would have to be patient during my recovery and be prepared to ask for help.

In recent years, I thought that I had improved in the patience department, not least as a consequence of having children.  When they were very young, my children would unintentionally test me by bellowing, “again” just as the favourite game or story was nearing the end.  Children really love repetition.

For Harry, it was endless readings of “Baby Bear”.  It is nearly twenty years ago, but I can still recite the first few pages of this epic from memory.  I cannot remember which kindly relative supplied this book; it may well have been the same sister who provided the birthday drum kit.

Anyway, I thought years of child rearing and managing large teams of people at work had taught me everything I needed to know about being patient.  Not so.  Recovering from joint replacement surgery really put me to the test.

Although I had received plenty of explicit warnings, I was still surprised to find that the post-op fatigue really is quite debilitating and that improvements are very gradual to emerge.  I found it very frustrating to sit around waiting for my oomph to return.  Unreasonably, I had hoped somehow to be exempt from the promised post-surgical pain, fatigue, inability to concentrate and boredom.

Phrased more positively, I should say that my recovery has been blessedly uneventful and full of slow and steady improvements.  Compared to those coping with complications such as infection, dislocation, loosening of their new joint, ongoing pain and trouble with medication, I have absolutely nothing to complain about.

I would characterise week 3-6 as being full of mini-milestones.  Each day or two, I noticed slight improvements.  These improvements tend to creep on you, and it’s important for your own sanity to recognise and celebrate them when you or someone else spots them.

Recently, my husband was away for a week working abroad.  When he came home, he identified significant improvement in the way I was moving and the things I was managing to do far more easily than when he left.  That was very encouraging and gave me a new perspective on my recovery.  Up until that point, I had been getting very frustrated with what felt like the glacial speed of healing.

Some of the key milestones during this period for me included:

Week 3:

  • Managing stairs better and more frequently
  • Able to sit and visit with others for longer than 20 minutes
  • Improving concentration
  • Less dependent on two crutches

Week 4

  • Able to concentrate much longer and resume work in bursts
  • More mobility
  • Able to walk easily with one crutch and to take a few steps with no aids
  • Reducing pain – no further need for ice
  • Sleep still disrupted but fatigue lessening

Week 5

  • End of blood thinning injections (hurray!)
  • Able to remove reminders for pain medication from phone alarm
  • Sleeping a bit better and experiencing no fatigue in the day
  • Improving mobility and ability to walk longer distances

Week 6

  • Pain free (apart from occasional aches after long walks)
  • Able to walk longer distances with ease and without aids
  • Able to work and concentrate well for long periods
  • Sleeping better
  • Able to say goodbye to the compression stockings (Hurray! But be prepared for the dry, flaking skin which is pretty disgusting).

For me, being free of one crutch made a massive difference.  Suddenly, I could carry items easily, cook and do laundry.  I never thought those would be tasks to celebrate, but it was such a relief to be free of the overwhelming fatigue and limitations of the first two weeks.  I also celebrated my first trips to the supermarket and the hairdresser as significant occasions.

And, when the magical 6 week date is achieved, the real excitement starts.  After week 6, my surgeon cleared me to drive and to sleep on my side.  These are two of life’s true joys.  Perhaps they can only be truly appreciated by those who have been denied them for a long time!

I just had my 6-week check and was told that I am making good progress – particularly in walking well with a good stride length.  I confessed to a few misdemeanours (like putting my socks on without the contraption, walking without aids and tying my shoes) and was absolved as long as I do not strain my hip.

In general, I was told that walking and exercising (but not to the point of fatigue) are fine, but I still need to be cautious until late March.  The danger in feeling well and pain-free is that it is tempting to overdo it and strain the still healing muscles and nerves.  I am determined to behave myself and follow any rules that will promote the health and longevity of my new hip.

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42 Responses to On Being A Patient Patient

  1. Diane says:

    Hi there

    Love your blog.

    I had my THR nearly 8 weeks ago and feel I should go back to work, but I still get tired and what with trying to do 3 short walks a day and the exercises, I don’t feel ready, although I have been working from home. I work in London. I was just wondering when you went back to work? I still also find it uncomfortable to sit for long – did you?

    Cheers
    Diane

    • Dear Diane
      Thank you very much for your kind comment and questions. I returned to work fully after about 10 weeks. Up until then, I was gradually increasing the amount I could do, and I do recall feeling really fatigued when I overdid it on occasion. I remember being invited to a meeting in central London at about the same stage you are at and feeling completely overfaced at the prospect of riding the tube during rush hour. I felt a bit cowardly in giving my apologies, but I just could not face the prospect of being jostled around the platform. I think you have to go with your instincts and maybe not push it too early on. Yes, I also found sitting for a long time uncomfortable until about 12+ weeks. After that stage, my pain-free and mobile state began to register properly and I was off to the races!

      I do hope your recovery continues to go well. Take care.
      All the best
      Sue

    • Diane says:

      Hi Sue

      Thank you for taking the time to reply and the advice, much appreciated.

      Diane 😊

  2. Elaine says:

    Hello all ..
    I had a total hip replacement (left one) back on Aug 7th 2014 and it was the worst thing I ever did …8 days after my op my leg was starting to swell and get very read and inflamed, twice I contacted my Dr and told him I thought I was developing cellulitis, only each time to be dismissed. During my 12 week follow up my consultant asked me why was I still using a crutch to which my husband replied “you take a look at her leg and you tell us why” …he looked and was horrified. He got a colleague of his to take.a look there and then, a vascular surgeon and as I’d thought I had acute cellulitis by this time and I was re-admitted there and then to be put on strong IV antibiotics. My operated side is 3/4″ longer than my other one and I have a permanent limp. I was supposed to have my right hip replaced last January but there’s no way will I ever have it done, I couldn’t even set foot inside the hospital again, it’s scarred me mentally for life. I’m in more pain now than I was before I had my operation. I have to resort to morphine tablets to help me through the day. It’s very difficult as I look after my 90 year old mum who has dementia and very often my pain takes over where I just want to pull my hair out. If I sleep for 2 hours a night then I’m lucky.

    • Dear Elaine
      I am very sorry to learn you have had such a bad experience and are still in pain. Your situation sounds very distressing, and I can understand your reluctance to go back to hospital. I wonder if there is another clinician – maybe your GP – or a local pain management service that might be able to help?
      Best wishes
      Sue

      • Elaine says:

        Hi Sue,
        I actually plucked up the courage to see my GP last Tuesday and he has arranged for me to go in this coming Wednesday to have various blood tests and then once the results are back hopefully he will be able to treat me and get rid of this pain I’m in. My ankle still feels as though it is turning into stone and I explained all of this to him so basically until my results are back from next week’s blood tests I have to peservere I’m afraid. The Dr is however going to refer me to the ‘appliances’ dept of our local hospital to get an insert to go inside my shoes, this will level my leg length out …

        Thank you

        Elaine

      • Dear Elaine
        Thank you for writing. I do hope you have had some treatment that has helped.
        All the best
        Sue

  3. Gill Starkey says:

    Hi all. What a fantastic blog. Am due to have right hip replaced tomorrow (19th Nov) but feel very apprehensive about the procedure and afterwards. Found your comments so helpful and good. Thanks so much.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Jill – just wondering how you are getting a long now ? Keep us all up to date with your progress . Take care Julie

  4. Jody says:

    Hi there, my name is Jody and I am 39 in a few weeks with THR schedule end of this year. It is really great to read up on the experiences and wanted you to know that even a year after your blog plenty of people are going to get good use out of it! I have had two previous scope surgeries for FAI and was just told that even though I am too young, I simply need a new hip. If anyone reading needs information on FAI, I have a few blogs that helped me through it. Thank you so much for your updates hippychick.
    My question for anyone out there reading is about the dislocation. That is the only thing that has me really nervous. If anyone can give their experience that would be great!

    • Julie says:

      Hi jody,
      I have read your post and alothough I am sorry to say I don’t know what FAI means – I can tell you that I am now 9 months post op and I have been back in touch with my consultant with a view to getting my other hip replaced next year . Whatever the outcome of your treatment is I can recommend having a THR done . My new hip is fabulous – not so my other one. Please read all the comments on hippy chick’s blog and comment on them- people will comment and reply to you if they have ticked to be notified of responses – that way we all keep in touch and help each other. Whatever you decide I hope you feel
      better soon, keep us updated !!
      Julie

      • Marjory Booth says:

        Hi
        I too celebrated my one year with my new hip, and I cannot believe how great I am now.
        When I think back to the first few weeks I thought firstly I would never walk again or at least walk with a limp! And would I ever be able to get into bed without the aid of a carrier bag!!
        But all behind me now leap into bed with no probs and walk much much better than I ever thought
        So good luck and just think how lucky we are to have the possibility of a new body part ( wish I had more of them 😛 )

    • Nancy says:

      Hi Jody,
      I am 48 and just had a THR not quite 3 weeks ago. I battled the insurance company over my age…they thought I was too young. I wish there were more blogs like this about life after a THR. I had one surgery for FAI and an attempt to reattach my shredded labrum. This surgery was comparable with the exception of being able to have weight bearing as tolerated when with the FAI I was completely non-weight bearing.
      As for dislocation, my visiting PT told me that you basically have to violate all the post-op rules in one move to dislocate. With the exception of a fall, it is not an easy thing to do…so I am told. Staying within a 90 degree angle while sitting, not crossing your legs or ankles and having an imaginary line down the middle of your body that the operated side never crosses are the basic rules to avoid dislocation. I have had two slip ups involving toilet seats that I thought for sure would cause me to dislocate…one when an elevated seat flipped up as I sat and the other in the middle of the night when my son forgot to put my raiser back on and I didn’t realize it until it was too late. Although both incidents were painful neither caused any permanent damage. If you would like to leave me your email address I would be happy to answer any of your questions. I am definitely not an expert! So thankful for this blog and really wish it was still active!
      Please Take Care,
      Nancy

      • Jody says:

        Thank you so much for responses! It is encouraging to hear (Nancy) that you’ve gone through the FAI routine already as well. I have heard that the recovery is a little better for the THR than FAI. I’ve been reading up on the blogs to get as familiar with this as possible.
        I am just waiting for the few months to get the call on surgery date.
        Question for all: – is the elevated toilet seat necessary?
        And how long were you on crutches, then cane?

      • Marjory Booth says:

        Elevated toilet seat absolutely needed. It was really strange when I did finally remove it >Felt very odd!

      • Sue Sutton says:

        Hi Jody
        I am 3 1/2 weeks into the recovery period for my second hip op which I had on 30 September. The loo seat is really quite useful – but only for the first 3 weeks really. It just makes things more comfortable. Your need for one may also depend on the height of your loo and your height as it’s there to keep you from sitting with your leg at 90 degrees or less.

        I have been walking around the house without any crutches now for a few days (so after 3 weeks) and with just one crutch for trips outside the house). I’m also lucky because we have an automatic car and it’s my left hip which has been operated on this time so I’ve already been passed as OK to drive by my consultant. This makes such a difference.

        I remember from last time that I could walk around without any aids after 6 weeks but that I got easily fatigued after about 20 minutes of walking so a dog walk was still a challenge after the 6 week period.

        I hope this helps.

        Sue

  5. Nancy says:

    Hello! I am reading through your blog…and enjoying it…in trying to make the big decision in whether or not I am ready for a THR. I had surgery in July for a torn labrum and FAI cam and pincer.
    Did you have this first? After very intense PT my pain has only gotten worse. I was told that the arthritis in my hip was pretty severe and that there was a chance that the surgery wouldn’t be the end of it. I was hoping for a revision and possibly resurfacing but due to arthritis on both sides I am not a candidate. I want my life back! PT and crutches have taken over my world. On 10/31 I was given my second steroid injection to address pain and swelling. Not doing it for me! I dropped the one crutch yesterday and went back to stationary biking. HELP! PT has been discontinued due to lack of improvement. I am so stuck and miserable. Appreciate and wisdom you might be able to offer! Thanks

    • Hi Nancy
      I’m sorry to hear you are in pain and having a tough time. Before my THR, I had one cortisone injection which was slightly successful for a very brief period (about 2 weeks). I was advised that this treatment was not a good option for me to have subsequently because of the underlying issues with my joint.
      I am not medically qualified so do not feel able to give you advice on your treatment options. As a general point, it sounds like you would benefit from speaking with a clinician who has the necessary expertise to understand your situation – and has an interest in understanding your preferences and priorities. Would it be possible for you to ask for another opinion? Do keep looking until you find the right person with whom you feel able to reach decisions about your treatment. I wish you all the best and hope you will get some relief from your pain soon.
      Best wishes
      Sue

      • Nancy says:

        Thank you for your response. The last steroid injection gave me little to no relief. I went for a f/you yesterday and am scheduled for an MRI to look for AVN or possible stress fracture. I have an appt with a hip replacement specialist to discuss findings. My nerves are on overdrive!

  6. Julie says:

    Dear sue ,
    I have laid awake during this previous night unable to sleep -again!!! And found your blog !!! I have read it through from start to current end and also other people’s comments and then your reassuring replies. It is a great blog to read and although I am now more nervous than before , I also don’t feel so “on my own “! My pre op is in a couple of weeks and the THR on 17/12. I am hopeful to be out by Christmas but now understand that xmas will be a wash out this year ! I have subscribed to your blog and hope to keep in touch as I go along. Keep posting as it gives people like me (and I’m 56) the hope that I can get some of my former life back !, thanks Julie

    • Dear Julie
      Thank you very much for your comment. I’m so sorry you have been unable to sleep – I remember those days well – and am glad that you found some reassurance and useful content in the blog. You are definitely not on your own! Even though you will probably not be at full speed for Christmas, you will be on your way to feeling better. Thank you for the encouraging words about the blog. I keep meaning to post more, but have been so busy with work that I have struggled to find the time to write. That’s a good sign, really. Ten months after my surgery, I haven’t looked back and am able to race around and to enjoy being pain-free. All good wishes for 17/12. Please do let me know how you go on.
      All the best
      Sue

      • Julie says:

        Hi sue,
        Thank you so much for our quick reply , it’s good that you are so busy that can’t reply straightaway !!!
        Slept a bit better last night …. There are so many of us “blogging” it is such a common procedure I think. I will certainly keep you and anyone else bothered 😳 , posted. Just sorting beds and chairs out this weekend.
        I hope I can have some sort of xmas out of this, my 24 yr old and 21 yr old are still children you see !!!!

        Thanks again and we will keep in touch,
        Julie

    • Dear Julie I think it is really good not to assume how you will be> Honestly when I first came on here I was so nervous and received lots of encouraging comments. I really was convinced that I would not walk properly until Christmas – some 12-14 weeks after surgery My first couple of steps in the hospital I thought I was never going to walk again! But honestly two weeks later I was really balanced and walking very well with no aids ( in the house) No one is more shocked than me at my progress – so expect to be up and feeling good by Christmas and you will ps I am waaaay older than you ( hahaha) You can do it 🙂

      • Julie says:

        Hi Marjory !!
        I am heartened to read your comments !! I do feel slightly better at the moment – I am 4 weeks away now from D-Day ! I wish I could stop reading from the internet ! Thank you again and I will keep my comments going … really looking forward to my turkey dinner, so lets keep everything crossed !! Kind regards, Julie

      • Dear Julie
        sending you lots of good vibes and healing xxx

      • Becky says:

        Julie, Much like you I read and read all that I could find on the internet prior to my surgery. I always feel that knowledge is power IF you read with open mind, consider the source and use it a ttool to develop questions for your physician, nurse or therapist. I am now 8 weeks post op anterior hip replacement and and never felt better!!!!! Hip replacement was a very emotional and personal journey for me! As active 62 year old female I was shocked about my feelings. I equated it to the process of mourning. I had been blessed with a strong body and good health until this diagnosis so I felt such a loss has and was occuring , one that would change me forever. Reading and knowledge prepared me mentally which led to the physical preparation before surgery and now, I am working with a personal trainer and have my first ski trip planned for February 2015.

  7. Claire says:

    Hi

    I’m 39 and about to have a hip replacement in 3 weeks. I found your blog really helpful, I was looking for some advice for younger people having hip replacements and you have answered lots of questions I had around recovery, whilst I know everyone is different it’s helpful to know tiredness is likely when planning my return to work, you’ve provided a dose of reality. Sounds like I’ll have to let people help me and start downloading!

    • Dear Claire
      Thank you for your taking the time to comment. I am so glad you found the blog helpful. I’m wishing you all the best for your operation and recovery. Good luck!
      Best wishes
      Sue

    • Hi All
      Well here I am – looking and feeling great! My THR was September 22nd 7 weeks tomorrow. I was walking around the house at about two weeks without crutches. I had marvellous help from the S.T.E.P.S team who came to the house twice a day 10 oclock to get my breakfast and help with washing ( My kitchen is on the ground floor of my cottage)
      bathroom bedroom and sitting room on the upper level. After the two weeks were over I had a physio to advise me on the best way to tackle my very steep stairs. Three weeks I was up and down doing my breakfast and doing most things normally ( no limp)so said goodbye to the STEPS team Had a handle put in my bath / shower and the first shower after 3 weeks was indescribable!! My first drive was unavoidable probably a good thing,my son came home from work looking really ill and I drove him to the Dr without thinking about it.I had my six week check up last week and was determined I would follow the consultant down the corridor to his room without crutches and ‘swaying’ those hips. He was delighted. I have to say that out in the town I take my crutches as I need the balance and also to stop people walking into me. I know when I put my first message on here I was terrified of the operation and of hearing anything! I have to say I felt a little jab in the spine and the next moment had a nurse saying ” you are back… all over ” The only downside in it all was my reaction to codeine /morphine combination which made me nauseous.But I have to say all is positive and have been sleeping on my side(with a pillow between my legs)for a couple of weeks.

      • Hi Marjory
        Congratulations! It is just wonderful to hear that all went well and you are making such great progress. Thank you for sharing your news. All the best for the next stages of your recovery. Sounds like you will go from strength to strength.
        Best wishes
        Sue

  8. Thank you so much for your interesting and informative blog. I have a hip replacement procedure due to take place in September and as most of your correspondents have said I am nervous! I do not react very well with anaesthetic and was interested to read your experiences with a spinal “tap” and sleepy juice it has given me several points to raise when I have a pre op appointment in a couple of weeks time. I am fortunate in that the operation will take place in the local ” private” hospital so do not anticipate experiencing the crowded ward
    Kind regards
    Marjory

    • Susan Sutton says:

      I had my hip replacement at a private hospital in May. I am now very well recovered and about to see my consultant about getting the other hip done. I am also prone to sickness with general anaesthetic and my anaesthatist used what he called a ‘sedative’. It did the trick. It was similar to general anasthetic in that I was totally unaware of the procedure but the recovery was much quicker and I didn’t feel as ‘drugged’ as you can with a general.

      I have to admit that I too was very aprehensive before my op but now I’m thinking of getting the other hip done within the year as it is painful and I don’t want to let it get as bad as the first one before I had the replacement.

      If you can go to a private hospital you might be able to do hydro therapy – this is fantastic! I would recommend doing sessions early on in the recovery process as you progress quickly.

      I have tried to be good at doing my land-based physio exercises but it’s difficult to motivate yourself. I returned to my Pilates classes last week and have had no problems. I was back walking the dog an hour a day after six weeks.

      All I can say is – my experience has been positive; go for it! I would add that September is a good time to do it as the six weeks in surgical stockings is hot and uncomfortable and we had unexpectedly hot weather while I was recovering in May and June. The main benefit of going privately is that you can choose your timing. I plan to go for the next one next March.

      • Dear Sue,
        Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my message It really helps such a lot to hear the experiences of other ” hippies ” Thanks to these messages I now have a good list of questions and points to check up on when I have my pre-op appointment in a couple of weeks 😏
        Kind regards
        Marjory

  9. Becky austin says:

    I have my hip replacement scheduled for September and beginning to get really nervous. I have read and read but can’t find comfort in my decision. my physician will use the smith and nephew hip and a direct anterior approach but would love to hear from someone with that experience.

    • Hi Becky
      I can certainly empathise with the pre-op nervousness. Unfortunately, I do not have any personal experience of the device or approach that your surgeon is planning to use. I wonder if you might find it helpful to search on these forums for other patients who may be more familiar with both: http://arthritiscareforum.org.uk/ or http://bonemsart.org. You might also mention your concerns to your own health care team. Perhaps they will be able to answer any questions or to put you in touch with other patients.
      I do hope it goes well for you and wish you all the best
      Sue

      • Austin, Elizabeth says:

        Thank you so much for your reply! I have an pre-op appointment this week and will ask if he has a patient willing to share their experience.

        Becky

  10. Patricia Dennis (Tricia) says:

    I had a right THR on 27th January and am now at the 12 week point. I have one nagging question., which you can only answer from your own experience I expect, but if you know the answer to it will solve all my problems & queries! I am unable to bring my knee up beyond the 90* that we are told “not to do” for fear of dislocation. I need to know if this is a problem that needs Physio-I do so hope this is not a permanent state? I am finding it difficult to lift my leg into underwear or anything with a waist band or put on a sock by lifting my knee up or dry my foot & paint my toe nails easily. I am supposed to be having the other hip done but this loss of movement is really putting me off. It feels like something will “pop” if I force it. I do Pilates and swimming and have always been very flexible. Pain is not a problem in the left-it was extreme in the right but mobility of the left hip is a bigger problem as it clunks and clicks in the joint. I have been told it is as bad-Grade 4 but have doubts due to pain differences. There is more too this but then I am getting into technicalities of the examination, so just to say “if it’s not painful-don’t have it done” is not a solution. Hoping you can let me know if you can move beyond the 90 degrees or if it should be possible so I can take action to resolve things before it’s too late?
    Regards Tricia

    • Hi Tricia
      Thank you for your comment. What a coincidence – I had a very similar question when I recently met my surgeon for my follow up!

      I have to stress that I am not medically qualified to give you advice about movement or surgery, and suspect that you would do best to consult with a physio or other clinician who knows all the specifics of your condition. However, as a fellow sufferer, I do understand exactly what you mean and am happy to share my experience if this helps.
      I found exactly the same restrictions on moving my right leg at the 12 week point which was a few weeks ago. Since then, I feel my range of movement has improved slightly, but it is not yet where I would like it to be (allowing for dressing easily and painting toenails etc). When I raised this with my surgeon, I was advised of the following:
      – there is always a risk of dislocation
      – you should never force your leg into any position
      – it is safe to go beyond the 90 degree point if this can be done without forcing the movement. I can now go beyond the 90 degree point without pain or force.

      I was told that what you have at 12 weeks+ is what you will get in terms of movement. I have to say that I’m a bit sceptical about that – given that, like you, I had great flexibility and range before arthritic pain caused me to limit my movement. I feel that years of restricting my range of movement because of pain created certain movement patterns and muscle memories that I would now hope to change for the better. I’m happy to do that gradually and without force and to recognise that as I had pain for years, it’s logical that it will take longer than a few months to improve. I’m hoping that my recent return to Pilates will assist. I do feel I need to build up some muscles and also try to release my hip flexors. I will be on “toenail polish” watch with interest and report back!

      I was also surprised that there is no post-op physio associated with hip replacement surgery. I was advised that I need not worry about specific post-op exercises beyond walking. I’m happy that my walking is going well and pain-free, but, again like you, I had hoped my new hip would allow me to do all the other things – like putting socks on – much more easily. There is a lot more physio associated with knee replacements, and all the patients I have spoken to say they have had to work hard to achieve the desired level of flexion.

      At 12-weeks, it is still relatively early days with all your muscles and nerves perhaps still settling down a bit. If you have a physio or other professional you trust, you might ask your very reasonable questions and mention that you are concerned about having your left hip replaced. I hope you get good advice and are able to make the best decision for you. Wishing you all the best for a mobile and pain-free future!
      Best wishes
      Sue

  11. Sue Sutton says:

    I wanted to thank you for your blog. I have just read through all of your posts as I will be having a right THR on 7th May. At 52 I’m also fairy young to be a hip replacement patient and since deciding to ‘go for it’ and booking in for my op I’ve frequently questioned whether it’s the right course of action. But your blog has enabled me to get a better understanding of the recovery process and I’m sure the operation will give me a pain-free future. I’m due for my pre-assessment in a couple of weeks time and, in the meantime I’m going to lots of aqua-fit and deep-water workout classes now that yoga and zumba classes are too painful. I was particularly interested in your description of the fatigue and poor sleep you experienced in the first two weeks post-op. While not really what I wanted to hear, it’s certainly useful to be forewarned! I would be interested to know what sort of post-operative physiotherapy and/or exercise you have undertaken.

    • Dear Sue
      Thank you so much for your kind comment. I’m so pleased that the blog has been of some use to you. That’s very encouraging! In answer to your question, my post-op exercises have included some gentle Pilates and walking. I have not had any physiotherapy. After Easter, I’m planning to get back to my regular Pilates classes and intend to keep up the walking and swimming. I will let you know how I go in a future post. Apologies for the length of time it has taken to reply. After the long recovery period, I have been unusually busy with work. I’m sending you all good wishes for your THR on 7 May. Hopefully, your recovery period will fly by painlessly and will coincide with some good weather. Best of luck. Best wishes Sue

  12. Congrats on your progress! I am almost one year post hip replacement and I remember this phase well. it is so tempting to overdo it when you start to feel like yourself but slow and steady is the way to go. Best of luck!

    • Thank you very much for your encouraging comments. Glad to hear you are approaching the one year milestone – I’m told getting there without incident is a good predictor of long-term success. Best wishes Sue

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