I had my hip surgery done on December 9. It turned out not to be possible to do a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, so a total hip replacement was done instead. Today, two weeks after the surgery I was able to get into a vehicle and drive myself somewhere. Freedom! I love my house and my family, but when you are forced to stay inside for so long it drives you crazy. So Christmas came a couple of days early when I was able to drive a whole 5 miles roundtrip to do a couple of errands.
For those of you that care, I am able to go up stairs better than I could before surgery. The left leg feels much more stable going up steps now. I am able to get around without any soft of assistive device (walker, crutches, cane), but I am generally using a cane so I don’t overdo things too much.
I still have 4 weeks of recovery during which muscle strength and conditioning is the main focus. After 6 total weeks the hip capsule will be healed and I can do anything I want to do. At that point I think physical therapy will be concentrating on helping me regain flexibility. I’m sure they will also be helping me learn to walk correctly again. I’ve been walking with a limp for so many years it will take quite a bit of effort to get rid of it!
If any of you know people that are contemplating having a hip replacement feel free to have them contact me. I have nothing but good things to say so far. Being able to be independent again after two weeks is WAY beyond what I thought was possible.
Till next time I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!