In August and October 2016, I had two hip replacement surgeries. Since I was only 52, it was a surprise to my friends and family. For me, I had know a long time that new hips were inevitable.
I had the best orthopedic surgeon! The recovery was not bad (although I was more cranky with the second surgery #tiredofhurting), with me back to work in a week-and-a-half. I was up walking almost immediately and the awful pain was gone. More due to a newer way of doing the surgery, called direct anterior hip replacement where the doc goes through two muscles so there is less damage from which to recover, than any rehab I had to do. Check out the 23 minute video of the surgery. So awesome.
I had lived three years in misery – why? I wasn’t scared of surgery, or trying to pretend it wasn’t happening. Probably the only thing that I was scared of were the medical bills. I have good medical insurance I pay through my employer, but I knew my finances couldn’t even take the out-of-pocket shock from all the directions a surgery incurs – anesthesiologist, surgeon’s office, hospital, drugs, etc. If you are in this situation, just have the surgery, go on a payment plan, and if you are like me, you will have paid off those beauties in five to six months.
Interesting things I learned:
- If you get a new body part, for the rest of your life, you’ll have to tell your dentist before any appointments, even just cleanings. The dentist will need to put you on antibiotics before the appointment because if there is any infection having to do with the dentist procedure, it could cause that infection to attack the new joint.
- The titanium joint will set off metal detectors at the airport, etc.
- Before joint replacement surgery, you wash in an antiseptic soap all over your body and put an antibiotic drop under your tongue, for three days before the surgery. This rids the body of natural bacteria growing on your skin.
- #dawgsinthehouse make for great recovery buddies. #neverleftmyside