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burrow1
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01/25/2021 08:34AM  
Good morning to everyone on this site. My appreciation for the people who post, answer, and offer opinions are very uplifting.

I had my left hip replaced 3-1/2 weeks ago, and while my recovery is going very well according to my therapist and Dr., I wish it was going faster. As with most of the people who visit this site regularly, I don’t deal well with inactivity. All of the things that I do hobby-wise requires outdoor abilities and the fear of falling and having to start over really limit what I can do.

Today has been a great start. I walked half a mile outside (4*) this morning. It took 20 minutes, but it’s a start.

Thanks for listening. Just needed to vent to someone other than my dog and beautiful wife.

I have been planning a trip for late June.
 
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Savage Voyageur
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01/25/2021 08:58AM  
Good luck on your recovery. I was in the same boat ask you two years ago. You just keep moving, take pain meds as needed, definitely go to the physical therapy and push yourself. Have fun on your trip in June, you will be fine.
 
JWilder
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01/25/2021 09:21AM  
Oh man. I do not know what it is like to go through a hip replacement. But I do know that I would also not do well with inactivity. If I were in your situation (or something similar that would restrict my physical activity) I would have to keep my heart and mind in check, as it would want to do more than my body would allow.

My encouragement to you is to take advantage of your heart and mind only so far as your body allows, preventing any setbacks. With the goal of being physically and mentally ready for your June trip:)

Good luck!

JW
 
HistoryDoc
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01/25/2021 09:23AM  
Had a shoulder joint replaced a couple of years ago. My advice is to faithfully follow the therapy routines, but don't stop when the schedule of formal therapy is ended. Continue to work on stretching and general fitness. I was limited for several months after therapy ended, but things have come around to were I can paddle, fish and swing a golf club just fine. With load bearing joints like hips and knees, you will want to make sure your core strength is solid for ensuring your balance is good. Don't rush it, you're in it for the long haul. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
 
burrow1
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01/25/2021 10:03AM  
Thanks for the words of encouragement. I am a young guy relatively speaking only 57 but year of work as a welder have taken a toll on the body, not the first joint repair. Just keep doing what I can to keep moving.
 
01/25/2021 10:24AM  
Good luck on the recovery and I’m sure you will do fine on the trip. Last year a 60 year old friend of mine that had hip replacement surgery in May 2020 went on a trip with me in the BWCA in August (approx 13 weeks from the surgery). His recovery until the trip was ok, maybe average according to his PT, and he was quite nervous about how he would do and if he would be a burden. The morning we headed into the BWCA he needed help putting on his socks. After that first day he didn’t need help with his socks, portaging, etc. By the third day he was essentially fully recovered. I know it sounds too good to be true but it was incredible to watch him improve over that three day period. His PT told him that the canoe trip would be excellent exercise for recovery and that certainly proved to be the case. After seeing him improve so much so quickly if I ever have joint replacement surgery I would definitely be timing things to benefit from what a BWCA/Q trip would offer. I can’t imagine a better form of physical therapy.
 
napinch
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01/25/2021 10:54AM  
Well I am going through what you are as well. Am 60 and had mine done in late August. The initial recovery is pretty quick - that is walking and such. Yes, I remember when it was a big deal to no longer need assistance with getting dressed. I probably should be doing more stretching to speed up the full process, but it is hard if you are not going to PT outside of the house. Anyway, I am sure you will do fine if you stick with it. I did a five mile hike over the weekend and had no ill effects. I find that I get stiff pretty easily when sitting at my work desk. I have been advised to lay off running, so I plan to pick biking back up when the weather breaks. Good luck with the recovery process and we'll see back in north country soon. Planning a late May early June trip this year - don't to let a little stiffness in the hip keep you from your trip. Just plan a route that allows options.

thx
Luke
 
01/25/2021 10:58AM  
Burrow1 please keep us updated on your progress. I am facing the same surgery. It was scheduled for late November but was cancelled as non-essential at the time. I have to reschedule and am relying on the advice of my son-in-law who is a physician.
 
goatroti
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01/25/2021 11:19AM  
Deerfoot, my knee replacement worked out great. Last March I went under the knife. Did a one-week trip in August to test it out, base camping, but it worked just fine. Now it's my better leg. Sherman and I just got back from a 40 minute walk up and down some hills in the snow. No complaints. It's worth doing.
 
burrow1
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01/25/2021 12:24PM  
Yes the “little things” are big victories being able to take a shower, no pain meds, putting on your own socks, driving, and going for a walk no matter how short it’s is help with self confidence
 
01/25/2021 05:22PM  
If you can walk a half-mile 3 1/2 weeks after surgery, you are doing well. Doesn't matter at this point how long it took. :-)

I am envious. I had a hip replacement 2 years ago that didn't go well. I kept telling my therapist that it hurt far too much, and telling the doctor the same thing. Eventually it began to slip around in the joint and after almost a year of arguing with the surgeon, he went in again and did a "revision", which basically means he put a big screw in it. After that my pain was gone and I could be more active again. The surgeon even apologized to me for not listening to me sooner.

I am 75 years old, so much older joints than yours, and arthritis was my problem. Very different. The only reason I am mentioning it is if you get severe pain during your PT, perhaps go back to the doctor instead of letting them just tell you that you are a wimp.

You'll be fine for your trip. You sound very motivated to recover quickly and most people DO recover quickly from hip replacement.
 
straighthairedcurly
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01/25/2021 09:34PM  
Happy recovery, may it be speedy and smooth. I dread the day I have to undergo a major surgery. Hope you come out the other side stronger and pain free.
 
papalambeau
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01/26/2021 12:09PM  
You will be doing fine by your trip burrow1. I had my hip replaced this past June and I asked my doc if I would be able to climb into my bow stand by opening day in September. He said that I should be good to go and he was right. My only mess up was cutting grass after only two weeks. My wife was fit to be tied and it was a week or two early to be doing that.
I missed my first BW trip in almost 30 years in 2020 but I'm pumped to get my permit tomorrow and to head back in June 5th. Keep walking, stretching and some weight lifting and you will be good to go. It's amazing the difference each additional month brings to your body's healing process.
 
Grandma L
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01/26/2021 03:52PM  
The recovery work is hard but worth it! Speaking as an old lady (72 y.o.) with structural defects, keep up the good work and keep walking. I have had knee, back and shoulder surgeries with implants and replacements - keep moving! Remember, "Rest is Rust"!
Heck, you are just a kid! I have lots of faith that you can be up and "running" by spring!
 
01/27/2021 06:19AM  
Grandma L: "The recovery work is hard but worth it! Speaking as an old lady (72 y.o.) with structural defects, keep up the good work and keep walking. I have had knee, back and shoulder surgeries with implants and replacements - keep moving! Remember, "Rest is Rust"!
Heck, you are just a kid! I have lots of faith that you can be up and "running" by spring!"




I like that rest is rust statement. Just call me rusty!
 
HistoryDoc
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01/27/2021 07:27AM  
H.W. Tilman, the British mountaineer and deep-water sailor wrote, "Strenuousness is the immortal path and sloth the way of death." Tilman was lost at sea at age eighty, leading a sailing party to remote islands in the vicinity of Antarctica.
 
Sierracup
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01/27/2021 03:04PM  
"Rest is Rust"...brings to mind the Neil Young album "Rust Never Sleeps " and the tune "Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)"

Some might up the sentiment by stating..."Rust never even naps":)


 
01/27/2021 08:03PM  
goatroti: "Deerfoot, my knee replacement worked out great. Last March I went under the knife. Did a one-week trip in August to test it out, base camping, but it worked just fine. Now it's my better leg. Sherman and I just got back from a 40 minute walk up and down some hills in the snow. No complaints. It's worth doing. "

Ken, glad to hear the surgery worked out so well for you. Say “hi” to Elaine and Sherman for me.

Just got my first COVID vac today and am scheduled for the second in three weeks. So I need to get the hip joint done and hope I can cross the border this summer.
 
jhb8426
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01/28/2021 01:40AM  
No direct experience but my wife had a hip replacement 3 years ago and she calls it a non-event. Therapy was at home, self directed. She's an extremely compliant patient and follows all the guidance given.
 
blutofish1
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01/28/2021 06:48AM  
I went to the doc yesterday because of pain in my left hip. He said I had moderate arthritis in both hips but after doing some mobility tests he is pretty sure my pain is nerve related. 12 days of steroids for me. PADDLE ON MY FRIEND
 
pastorjsackett
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01/28/2021 07:00AM  
Best of luck on your recovery. You can always vent to us.

And, as a long as we are dropping quotes:

"The body heals itself and the doctor takes the check" --Mark Twain
 
burrow1
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01/28/2021 09:53AM  
Thanks for all of the kind encouragement. I am not a pessimistic person and all my close friends tease me that my glass is forever overflowing. I was just in a poor me funk the other day. For those that are looking at future surgeries don’t put them off recovery is easier when you are younger and active. Unfortunately I have more experience than most, both shoulders an elbow (3x) and 4 knee surgeries. I just hate not having my mobility and having to rely on someone else to help with daily activities. I am the head wrestling coach at the high school and I am the fabricator on a dirt modified race team. This is normally a very busy time of year for me.
Again thanks for letting me vent,everyone on this site is is awesome.
Dean
 
01/29/2021 04:53PM  
i had hip replacement last summer , recovery time can depend on age and weight. i was able to go back to work in 10 weeks but everyone is different , my first night back was tougher than i thought it would be.
do the packet of exercises from your doctor , then roll into your own ;)
 
01/29/2021 11:33PM  
I had a double discectomy two years ago and was back at work part time at a desk in 2 weeks. Plans for a July BWCA trip fueled my rehab efforts and I worked hard at it for 6 months. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever had. Having a goal in mind is always a good thing in your rehab efforts.
 
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