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BF Blogging my Hip Replacement

Old 11-18-09, 06:19 AM
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Colnago stickers on my walker, made it much faster. Maybe I should put a bracket on my walker/crutches for my Garmin 705, that way I could document my progress. hummmm
Thats pretty funny about putting the Colnago stickers on your walker. For my first few long walks with crutches I put my Garmin 305 in my pocket and it recorded the walk. I forgot to put the HR strap on. Adding the bracket would be cool. Good luck on your recovery.
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It always pays to have a fast walker. If I want my walker to match my bike I need to put on another 14 Colnago stickers

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It always pays to have a fast walker. If I want my walker to match my bike I need to put on another 14 Colnago stickers

Coolest thing I have seen in a while.
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What a timely post for me. I am 2 weeks post surgery for a acetabulum repair, I fell off of a ladder. I'm doing great, walking with a walker and crutches. BigTea has been in contact with me and has given me some great heads up on the differences between breaking the femur and the socket (acetabulum) I work as an X-Ray tech and have seen lots and lots of hip replacements but I can't remember all that many like BigTea's and mine. Most of the acetabulum repairs are for car accidents where the dashboard is driven in to the knee and the femur in pushed through the hip socket, busting it out. Most involve pelvis fractures as well, making life much more complicated. Mine was a fairly simple fracture. I'm non weight bearing/toe touch which ends up meaning that I can use a walking motion but I'm not to put any weight on it while I do it. I am the star patient at PT and will continue to push PT just as hard as I can. I went back for x-rays for my 2 week follow-up/staple removal and everyone including the Radiologist were amazed at how well I am doing. I think it is the fact that I put Colnago stickers on my walker, made it much faster. Maybe I should put a bracket on my walker/crutches for my Garmin 705, that way I could document my progress. hummmm
wishing you a very speedy recopvery. sounds like you are a good candidate for the pool when your wound seals up.
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I finally reached the 12 week mark and my recovery from Hip Replacement continues to improve. I rode twice in a week for the first time during the Thanksgiving weekend. 40 Miles on Thursday morning and 56 on Sunday recovered pretty well. What I am most happy about is I am now keeping up with my group. The last few weeks pre surgery and my first few group rides post surgery were with a slower group at the club. I am continuing to go to physical therapy but have cut the sessions down to once a week. My limp is almost totally gone and at this rate should disappear in a month or so. I still have some stiffness when going from one position to another but it is much better than it was before and hope for it to disappear in a month or two.
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I'll weigh in with ya here, though I have not been riding due to crappy weather. At present I still 'teeter' a little when I walk, but I don;t really have a limp per se, but walk more like I am stiff a bit. Up from sitting for a while I am also still stiff, but that is improving as well.

Spoke with a friend who had a replacement done 2 weeks before me. She had been deteriorating for a long time. Anyway, she is/was STILL on a cane as of last week. she had fithfully been doing rehab, but the wrong rehab, and the muscles she needed to rebuild were getting ignored. Now she is seeing a sports the****** who has completely changed the program on her and she is finally starting to see s alittle improvement. The message one takes from this is bad theraph is worse than no therapy. I do no therapy other tahna some weights, the ellipse, stretching abig and walking and I am doing very well, except I cannot squat yet for the life of me. But we'll get there as those muscles are starting to improve as well.
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hey, gonna go read all of this thread tonight. My wife recently had hip surgery re: a labral tear coming from 20+ years of ballet. Possibility of eventual total replacement, so I'm interested in what happens as she likes to stay active.

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hey, gonna go read all of this thread tonight. My wife recently had hip surgery re: a labral tear coming from 20+ years of ballet. Possibility of eventual total replacement, so I'm interested in what happens as she likes to stay active.

thanks for posting this
uuuugh. she did the labial tear fix?

There is a 'problem' with that surgery and it is this -- there is NO guarantee it will 'stick' forever, yet the surgery and rehab time is basically
just as long and debilitating as a full hip replacement. When I first saw a doc who did this kind of surgery, he told me point blank after a look
at my worse hip that he would do whatever I wanted, but probability was if he did the tear fix I would need a replacement anyway so why
bother.
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^^ her sister (dancer as well.....) had a similar surgery about 6 months ago. They 'fixed' the head of the femur that apparently caused the problem with a bunch of microfractures, I think they meant for the bone to heal stronger and in a better shape. As it turns out, for some reason her body isn't repairing the bone, so she's basically got a femur ready to turn to powder. Heard about this a couple of weeks ago, not sure what the plan is now.

My wife is about a month out of surgery, and is doing much better. I know what you mean about it not possibly sticking, but she's young and not ready for a full replacement yet. It had also made it to the point where she couldn't even begin to maintain the lifestyle she wanted (bikes, hiking, dancing) b/c of the hip pain, so we gave it a shot.

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A hip replacement would not necessarily limit her in anything, and the metal hips will easily last a good 25 plus years, maybe more.
The ceramic ones can last a lifetime. The biggest downside to a full hip replacement (you can do resurfacing as well) is that impact
sports are not really advised afterwards. So skiing is fine, but mogul busting is not so good. Running may not be so good depending
on the patient. You get the picture...

I would be interested to know if both women have the same hip bothering them and thus a possible inherited growth abnormality.
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Hey guys...just had my one year checkup. The xrays showed no change whatsoever in the hip position and better yet, the right hip matches the left hip. Of course my surgery was no ordinary hip replacement, it was a hip/pelvis reconstruction following a bicycle accident. Make no doubt about it, I'll never be the same. But I can walk, ride, swim, and have a normal life. My advice to anyone...don't rush your recovery. Give the bones all of the time necessary to set up and heal.
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not MY bones complaining, it's my muscles!

Good for you on the check-up!
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Nobody has checked in for a while and I am curious how everyone is doing. I am just shy of 4 months and would say I am at about 90% of full recovery. Can pretty much do anything including a slow jog for 50 yards or so. The slight limp is gone and the leg difference is about 1/4" as my pelvis has leveled off. Haven't been bike riding in a few weeks because of the sucky weather here in the NY area.
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Nobody has checked in for a while and I am curious how everyone is doing. I am just shy of 4 months and would say I am at about 90% of full recovery. Can pretty much do anything including a slow jog for 50 yards or so. The slight limp is gone and the leg difference is about 1/4" as my pelvis has leveled off. Haven't been bike riding in a few weeks because of the sucky weather here in the NY area.
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I'm one year into it. My surgeon was a genius and put me back together with legs of identical length. Importantly, too, the repaired side foot and leg are pointed straight. However the pelvis reconstruction and the huge incision left me with permanent numbness on the front right, just above the leg. There was just too much tissue, nerves and muscle to cut through to get to the bones. I'm not riding anywhere near what I was before the accident, and never will. There cannot be another accident so I go slower, especially on downhills and turns. But I did do 20 miles today and averaged 15 mph. Compare that to the concerns I had one year ago today...that I may never be able to walk again without some assistance.
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Its good to hear from you all. I'm now sitting at 8 weeks post acetabulum surgery. There is no pain in the hip to speak of now and I can walk short distances on it. I look forward to official full weight bearing which begins in two weeks. One thing that has helped is being able to do my stationary bike, I'm up to 1 1/4 hours at light resistance and a cadence under 90 rpm. I want to try the road bike on the rollers, maybe we'll give that a few weeks as well. I will know that I'm all right when I do not have to use the plastic tube with the ropes on it to put on my left sock, something to look forward to. See you all on the road come Spring,

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My feet now both point forward (as opposed to them being a little pointed outwards). I still have stiffness when standing from seats if seated too long. I also need to do more stretching as my gait is not quite normal yet. I can barely jog, but that is more tied to lack of stretching I would guess. Having returned from vacation of 2.5 weeks with no ellipse or anything, I can feel some 'regression'. Stairs are fine, bending has improved greatly and I can even squat a bit now, but not fully down. Compared to 'normal' I would say I am more like 80%, but it just means more time.

For Jay above, ifyou can get on an ellipse do it, it is in some ways more benficial than a bike. It will work all those little groin muscles in a way the bike cannot.
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Thanks, I do have an elliptical in my basement and will get on it just as soon as I get clearance from my doctor
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Haven't gone out riding in a month because of the weather (here in the NY area) and the flu. Looking forward to riding tomorrow. I'm at 4 1/2 months.
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Just got back from an hour ride, the bike feels great, I'm slow but I expected that. 10.5 weeks from surgery and doing fine.

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Had a minor setback, nothing serious. Because of the weather here in NY, my riding has been very inconsistent. I rode last weekend after a month off the bike and had a very poor ride. I did 40 miles but after about 20-25 couldn't turn the pedals. I figured I'd go on the elliptical trainer I have at home to get some aerobic fitness.

Anyway I figured I'd do a 60 minute hard workout. After about 40 minutes my hip started to ache a little but continued. At the end the pain was pretty bad. I iced it down twice before bed. This morning the hip is very sore and I am walking with a limp, something I haven't done since about the 4th week. I am not worried about any injury, it is probably just muscles and tendons I haven't used that way. Funny I have done many 50-60 mile rides since my surgery and have been doing pretty much anything I wanted. but I am amazed working on the elliptical caused so much pain. It is a good Precor $2500 trainer so that is not the issue.
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I find that the damage done to the muscles and peripherals takes a long time to heal, and even if you are moving forward, when you lay off a bit, you actually move back quite a ways. so instead of working your way back to the baselibne you used to have, you are continually working to establish a new baseline that equals the old baseline. it is like weightlifting -- lay off and you lose it, jump back in and it takes as long after some layoff to get it all back again. we become deluded we are just working back to a normal baseline instead of (early in the process ie. < 1 year) realizing the baseline has fallen dramatically and we are really working to "improve" a new normal (and lesser) base.
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It has been a while since anyone has updated their progress. Curious how everyone is progressing. I am at just over 6 months now. Because of the cold I rode maybe twice a month since my last update. With the coming of
Spring I have been riding every week, actually twice week. A 45 miler on Thursday and 52 miles Sunday. The hip feels pretty good, except, in my head.
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I like the idea of the GPS to record distance!!! Awesome. Wish I'd thought of that before I quit the walker... Might look funny on my cane though!
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My wife and her sister are 1+ years out of their surgeries. My wife is getting better, but can't jump (ballet) like she used to. Apparently her sister may have to have another surgery. They had microfractured the head of her femur in hopes that it would heal stronger than before. Apparently it isn't healing at all. oops
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It's an old thread, but I have been meaning to update it with some current info.

It is now years down the line since I had both hips replaced. My left hip is absolutely perfect, never an issue, a pain, nothing. My right hip is not as good, i get clicks and some muscular issues around it, but not so much as to do something about it. The more I move, the less issues. But that leads to other issues...

I want to make people aware of something else that has become an issue in recent years, and that is cobalt poisoning. This frrst came to my attention from a column by James Kunstler where he noted he had to have his one hip re-replaced (aka 'hip revision'). I conversed with Jim via email, and his cobalt number was VERY high, though I never asked if I was at liberty to divulge it so I will not.

Cobalt is measured on some scale (I know not what) that says a normal level in a normal person (sans hip replacement) is .3 or so. I believe in Britain, they say when that number gets to 5 you are considered at a toxic level, here in the US they say 7 is a toxic level. Mine, a few years out is at 4.5. This toxicity occurs because the mating surfaces between the metal ball and the metal socket seem to not be machined perfectly, allowing the ball and socket to grind and thus shed metal ions into the body. You do not need to shed what would look like a lot of particles to have problems.

Cobalt toxicity can represent itself in the destruction of bone and muscle tissue in the immediate area of where the ions come out of the hip area itself. You can have further issues that manifest themselves in issues such as tinnitus, bladder cancer, severe fatigue, etc. This can occur even in hips that were NOT recalled as 'faulty', because all hips wear over time.

Doctors say most people will not experience a lot of issues regarding this metal shedding and cobalt toxicity, and that may potentially be true. Certainly for those who would not be highly active, the amount shed would be far less. However with lots of repetitive motion like cycling, things may not be in your favor -- though this is all individual in the end.

Having been down this road, I would encourage people who are looking to get 'big metal ball' replacements to also look into ceramic hips as well. They too have their issues, but it appears wear is not one of them, and thus toxicity is greatly reduced.

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