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Post Hip Replacement Recovery (The First 7 days)

So…as I’ve mention in my previous blog post My hip replacement journey at 27 I will be getting the anterior hip replacement surgery.

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Image: Presurgical X-Ray

Day of Surgery:

I had to report to the hospital at 8 a.m. to start my intake and presurgical testing. Basically, they had me take a pregnancy test and blood work. My husband and daughter accompanied me to the hospital and it definitely was an emotional moment for my daughter because she was able to come with me. I went into surgery at 11 a.m. and woke up at 2 p.m. The recovery nurse was really sweet because she noticed that I was emotional due to the anesthesia. My nerves were already everywhere before the surgery, I literally felt as if I was going to pee my pants (lol). My family wasn’t allowed to see me until 5 p.m. that evening.It felt so good to hold my baby. Usually when you go through something so intense such as surgery you want to be surrounded by positivity and innocence. It was a relief to hold my baby girl after not being able to see her for over 8 hours. It was so sweet because she was napping and the last time I held her like that was when I gave birth to her.

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Image: Sharing love a few hours after waking up. A course I didn’t wake up glammed up lol 


A course throughout my surgery day I was heavily medicated and the medicine they sent me home with keeps me drowsy. During my one day stay in the hospital I was pumped with tons of fluid and antibiotics The doctor had me hooked up to a catheter for about 24 hours and I wasn’t allowed to discharge from the hospital until I pee’d on my own (TMI-lol).

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Post-Op Day 1(Discharge Day):

So…

On my Post-Op day I met with my surgical team and for some reason the youngest doctor that it was a good idea to poke me in my leg. Y’all when I tell you this doctor almost got punched, omg! My nurse even said that he was wrong for poking me in the thigh and she would have reacted too. The head orthopedic surgeon who is my doctor came to brief me about my surgery and he told me that my hip was worst than what the x-rays had shown. Basically, he compared everything to a 90 year old patient and I far from 90 especially with no real explanation to why my hip deteriorated.

Around noon that day I met with the hospital’s physical therapist to begin my walking journey. I was so scared to move on top of scared that I might fall. It felt so strange to be walking on something that was literally put into my body over 12 hours prior. My therapist encouraged me to focus and to have faith because he was there to hold me up!

I know that some people may be thinking that staying in the hospital for a day or two will seem like a strange break from reality but it was somewhat relaxing because the true reality of me returning home was about to start. My husband basically has to tackle mom/dad parenting responsibilities.  

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Recovery Days 2-7:

During the last 5 days I had to use my handy dandy walker. It is definitely a trip because it is basically my legs until my actually legs get stronger. I currently have a scar and bandages going from my hip to the upper half of my thigh. In traditional surgeries the incision would be more towards the side of the leg towards the butt aka the Posterior approach.

I do have a Physical Therapist that comes to my home to help build my muscles in my leg and to establish balance. She is totally awesome, she pushes me but not to the point where I feel like quitting. I feel that my driving force behind me getting better is to be able to hang out with my daughter because I can tell that she misses our routine, but she is also enjoying the one on one time with her daddy. My husband has had to step up and take the reigns of mommy and daddy.

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Image: Check out my balance “Look mom no hands”

This surgery was probably one of the hardest that I’ve ever had to work at and be extra cautious. When my doctor told me that I should have gotten a new hip along time ago, especially since when he took the actual hip out he said it was worst than what was shown on the x-rays. I really wish that I could have gotten a picture to see what had been causing me so much pain over the years. He compared my hip to an 90 year old woman. Wow! Honestly, my advice to those who are having any type of pain whether it is your hip, back or knee check it out! It is important to take care of the issue before it cause further damage.

Also, research every procedure so that you don’t feel lost and so that you can be knowledgeable about your health.

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Xoxo

Donna P.

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