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Mr. Markets 04-14-09 11:00 PM

BF Blogging my Hip Replacement
 
Occasional threads pop up on BF re: hip replacemnt, but I do not think anyone has "blogged"
the first few weeks on a daily or near daily basis. This thread will be my attempt to do so
so other may get a clue as to what it is like. Obviously my experience will be different than
others, but this may answer lots of future questions.

First off, I am a "clydesdale' @ 6'3" & 275 lbs. Part of this has come on over the past two years
as my hip has slowly deteriorated. There are lots of reasons a hip can go, and my particular one
is a labial (sp?) tear related to a mechanics issue from a surgery at 15 yrs old.

I SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS SOONER. Those are my words of wisdom to others debating putting
it off. As a result, my good him is now aggravated & may need that done as well.

As I write this, I am in the hospital on day 0 -- and so far so good.

I went in at 1PM. At 2:30PM, after the various members of the team had stopped by to introduce
themselves, I was given an IV sedative. The anesthesiologist told me I would get both a local and
a spinal. The IV one knocked me out before he even got to the spinal insertion.

At 6PM I was waking and lucid in post-op. My entire lower body was numb. After a half hour I
was transfrerred to my room, and here I lay.

The IV pain blocker is supposedly good for 12-18 hours, and I am now at the point (10PM) where
I have pretty good feeling in my feet and calves, with the same minor discomfort in my hip area
that you would feel when you fall over after forgetting to unclip. I am on a morphine drip
however, so who really knows.

My BIGGEST complaint is the plastic coated matress & sheets are DAMN hot!

Tomorrow it is up and at-em at some point, so more then

Ziemas 04-14-09 11:06 PM

Good luck with everything, Fats!

A friend of mine had a hip replacement at 45, this was three or four years ago, and he couldn't be happier now. Hopefully you'll be back in action soon!

P.S. Plastic sheets or a stinky mattress, your choice.......:p

Mr. Markets 04-14-09 11:08 PM

yeah, really... & thanks!

ImRael 04-15-09 12:12 AM

Good luck with your recovery, Mr. Markets.

-Rael

botto 04-15-09 12:27 AM


Originally Posted by Mr. Markets (Post 8733624)
I SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS SOONER.

exactly what my father said when he got his 5 years ago.

drop a line to Hipcycler for tips.

TarmacDude 04-15-09 12:43 AM


Originally Posted by Mr. Markets (Post 8733624)
Occasional threads pop up on BF re: hip replacemnt, but I do not think anyone has "blogged"
the first few weeks on a daily or near daily basis. This thread will be my attempt to do so
so other may get a clue as to what it is like. Obviously my experience will be different than
others, but this may answer lots of future questions.

First off, I am a "clydesdale' @ 6'3" & 275 lbs. Part of this has come on over the past two years
as my hip has slowly deteriorated. There are lots of reasons a hip can go, and my particular one
is a labial (sp?) tear related to a mechanics issue from a surgery at 15 yrs old.

I SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS SOONER. Those are my words of wisdom to others debating putting
it off. As a result, my good him is now aggravated & may need that done as well.

As I write this, I am in the hospital on day 0 -- and so far so good.

I went in at 1PM. At 2:30PM, after the various members of the team had stopped by to introduce
themselves, I was given an IV sedative. The anesthesiologist told me I would get both a local and
a spinal. The IV one knocked me out before he even got to the spinal insertion.

At 6PM I was waking and lucid in post-op. My entire lower body was numb. After a half hour I
was transfrerred to my room, and here I lay.

The IV pain blocker is supposedly good for 12-18 hours, and I am now at the point (10PM) where
I have pretty good feeling in my feet and calves, with the same minor discomfort in my hip area
that you would feel when you fall over after forgetting to unclip. I am on a morphine drip
however, so who really knows.

My BIGGEST complaint is the plastic coated matress & sheets are DAMN hot!

Tomorrow it is up and at-em at some point, so more then

That is tough man. I hate hospitals. Stay strong and keep a positive attitude man. Visualize yourself riding on your bike again, you'll get through it.

MrCrassic 04-15-09 03:05 AM

Good luck, man!

txvintage 04-15-09 10:32 AM

Good Luck on the recovery Fats! I have a sense the day for a new knee draws closer and I wonder how long of a wait is long enough and still keep from saying I wish I had done it sooner.

May I suggest doing this in the winter if ever you are faced with doing it agian!

East Hill 04-15-09 11:05 AM

What hospital did you choose for the surgery? I'm glad to hear that your surgery went well--I was thinking about it yesterday.

Looking forward to reading your comments on the process.

East Hill

sced 04-15-09 11:13 AM

I have a close friend that's 53 and he just had both done, 2 months apart, and is completely thrilled. He had polio as a youngster and the doctors said the degeneration resulted from that. There's a good chance that most of us will have something replaced before the final curtain.

dgasmd 04-15-09 11:13 AM


Originally Posted by Mr. Markets (Post 8733624)
Occasional threads pop up on BF re: hip replacemnt, but I do not think anyone has "blogged"
the first few weeks on a daily or near daily basis. This thread will be my attempt to do so
so other may get a clue as to what it is like. Obviously my experience will be different than
others, but this may answer lots of future questions.

First off, I am a "clydesdale' @ 6'3" & 275 lbs. Part of this has come on over the past two years
as my hip has slowly deteriorated. There are lots of reasons a hip can go, and my particular one
is a labial (sp?) tear related to a mechanics issue from a surgery at 15 yrs old.

I SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS SOONER. Those are my words of wisdom to others debating putting
it off. As a result, my good him is now aggravated & may need that done as well.

As I write this, I am in the hospital on day 0 -- and so far so good.


I went in at 1PM. At 2:30PM, after the various members of the team had stopped by to introduce
themselves, I was given an IV sedative. The anesthesiologist told me I would get both a local and
a spinal. The IV one knocked me out before he even got to the spinal insertion.

At 6PM I was waking and lucid in post-op. My entire lower body was numb. After a half hour I
was transfrerred to my room, and here I lay.

The IV pain blocker is supposedly good for 12-18 hours, and I am now at the point (10PM) where
I have pretty good feeling in my feet and calves, with the same minor discomfort in my hip area
that you would feel when you fall over after forgetting to unclip. I am on a morphine drip
however, so who really knows.

My BIGGEST complaint is the plastic coated matress & sheets are DAMN hot!

Tomorrow it is up and at-em at some point, so more then

Just to clarify as you got a couple of things confused. The spinal IS the local anesthestic. Also, you were likely awake the entire time (otherwise you have a pretty good malpractice case in your hands), but you don't remember a single thing. Some of the "sedatives" given cause amnesia for a few hours. You were likely awake, talking and answering questions, but you don't remember a single thing about it. I swear my wife must steal some of this stuff from the hospital and gives it to me to make me agree to stuff against my will:twitchy::eek::twitchy:

In any case, best of luck to you. The day after you will be the most sore, and you may even get some muscle cramping. The best thing you can do despite going against common sense and cheap wisdom is to get your butt out of that bed and start walking!! As big of a deal as a hip replacement sounds, in the grand scheme of things in the world of surgery and joint replacements, it is pretty low in the list of "big" things:thumb: Get better soon:thumb:

daredevil 04-15-09 11:15 AM

I've had three surgeries on the left hip with two replacements, the last one in 98. I win! :D

At this point, knock on wood, a 3rd replacement may not be necessary.

I might add that the accident was so bad, it almost blew the hip out my ass. Fun times.

apricissimus 04-15-09 11:45 AM


Originally Posted by Mr. Markets (Post 8733624)

First off, I am a "clydesdale' @ 6'3" & 275 lbs.

I actually always pictured you as a tiny little guy with stick arms/legs, dancing spasticly back and forth.

Kurt Erlenbach 04-15-09 11:49 AM

Morphine drip is the greatest medical advance in human history. Use it liberally. Ask for EPO too, if you can get it.

Mr. Markets 04-15-09 12:07 PM


Originally Posted by txvintage (Post 8735837)
Good Luck on the recovery Fats! I have a sense the day for a new knee draws closer and I wonder how long of a wait is long enough and still keep from saying I wish I had done it sooner.

May I suggest doing this in the winter if ever you are faced with doing it agian!

well, i actually did it now so I have the better Seattle weather to walk outside, since that is a
big part of rehab. And if you need to get it done, the sooner the better.

I hear knee replacements (if you need that) are much tougher than hip replacements. If it is a 'scope
and clean' those are not too bad, been thru 5 of them so far.


**more blog update later tonite**

Mr. Markets 04-15-09 12:38 PM


Originally Posted by daredevil (Post 8736179)
I've had three surgeries on the left hip with two replacements, the last one in 98. I win! :D

At this point, knock on wood, a 3rd replacement may not be necessary.

I might add that the accident was so bad, it almost blew the hip out my ass. Fun times.

dood... UGH!

My guess is you have the plastic on metal hip if done in 98. In that case, you may well end up with one
more after 15 years or so as the plastic wears away. I got the metal on metal deal. Should be good till
the day I die. They also have ceramic ones now, but I hear they are 'noisy'...

adam 04-15-09 12:42 PM


Originally Posted by apricissimus (Post 8736376)
I actually always pictured you as a tiny little guy with stick arms/legs, dancing spasticly back and forth.

That's what caused the problems with the hip.

daredevil 04-15-09 12:43 PM

I have my first replacement ball/socket sitting in my desk drawer. :)

To tell you the truth, I don't even know what substance my current hip is. All I know is that it is a thousand times better than the first which was done in 1988.

Mr. Markets 04-15-09 01:13 PM


Originally Posted by adam (Post 8736822)
That's what caused the problems with the hip.

:lol:

actually at 15 yrs old I had a slipped epiphysis...

here are pics of what that looks like:

http://www.rush.edu/rumc/images/ei_0010.gif
what happens...
A) normal
B) moderate (me)
c) sever slip




http://www.netterimages.com/images/v...-0550x0475.jpg
the fix...




http://orthopedics.seattlechildrens....fe_slipped.jpg
x-ray of a real slipped hip...

Mr. Markets 04-15-09 08:18 PM

Well, we are headed into the tail end of Day 1.

So far, the pain without any drugs has been very manageable. Feels like a really bad bruise.
(I tend to have a pretty high pain threshold.)

Tried to walk today for the first time. Got about 40 feet down the hall, BP dropped and I
was heading towards passing out. Got a ride in a wheelchair back to the room.

Never really slept that well last night, so I tried to get some sleep in the afternoon. People keep
walking in every two hours or so, so no real sleep. Maybe tonite?

One last attempt to get up and move today at 6PM. Same as in the AM, light-headed and BP
just dropped right out. Whatevery they used to put me out for surgery is just keeping that BP
real suppressed. Hopefully tomorrow is better...

So far, so good. On the pain scale this has been a breeze, the staff has been friendly and
helpful (I am in Evergreen Hospital in Kitkland). I like my surgeon (Pierce Scranton of
Orthopedics International) as he has cleaned my knees in the past as well.

That's it for day 1.

thomson 04-15-09 08:22 PM

Glad it went well

halfspeed 04-15-09 08:40 PM


Originally Posted by Mr. Markets (Post 8736785)
dood... UGH!

My guess is you have the plastic on metal hip if done in 98. In that case, you may well end up with one
more after 15 years or so as the plastic wears away. I got the metal on metal deal. Should be good till
the day I die. They also have ceramic ones now, but I hear they are 'noisy'...

Dude, you come in the RC forum and post that you didn't spring for the ceramic bearing upgrade? WTF?

And seriously, get well soon.

Mr. Markets 04-15-09 09:19 PM

it was the whole noise factor thing. really.

bostongarden 04-15-09 09:47 PM

Good luck...I'm in the camp that could use the surgery, so, I'll be reading closely and looking forward to hearing about your progress and experience.

daredevil 04-16-09 05:00 AM


Originally Posted by halfspeed (Post 8739702)
Dude, you come in the RC forum and post that you didn't spring for the ceramic bearing upgrade? WTF?

Actually, I'm waiting for the carbon replacement. ;)


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