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Suzie's Journey

This is a real diary from a hip replacement patient going through surgery, rehabilitation and recovery.

This is Suzie’s second hip replacement.

5 DAYS BEFORE HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 1:11 pm

Three months ago, I noticed my right hip was ‘catching’ whenever I stood up. I knew immediately that was a clear signal it was under stress.

Then my walking became difficult, and I tired really easily. I experienced this the first time, but had no idea it was my hip. I also had terrible pain at night.

At least this time I was aware of what could be going wrong and consulted my doctor. He confirmed my right hip also needed surgery.

And so begins my journey the second time round. I know what I'm in for and I know how to prepare.

So here goes! Suzie.

DAY OF OPERATION

Monday, 22nd September 2014 8:50 am

Have put into place the following to facilitate my recovery post op.

At Home

  • Clear of clutter mats etc. that could trip me.
  • Organised from the medical supply company the following aids:

1. Toilet raiser (with arms)

2. Shower stool

3. Sturdy chair to sit on, with arms to lever myself in and out

4. Special cushion to take in car/cab with me

5. Picker up tool, so I don't need to bend over.

From previous experience these are the most important items. I have organised with the hospital to go to their rehabilitation facility. This is so important as they show you the exercises that help with a speedy recovery.

DAY 7, A WEEK AFTER SURGERY

Monday, 29th September 2014 3:45 pm

In rehabilitation and doing really well. I even enjoy the exercise. I have a twice a day routine for an hour each time. The pain isn’t worrying me. It’s just stiffness and lack of mobility, which I am working on.

DAY 7, A WEEK AFTER SURGERY

Monday, 29 September 2014 6:06 pm

Rehabilitation exercises:

  • Stair walking
  • Sit ups
  • Bar work, ie. holding the bar and doing leg extensions
  • Quadriceps extensions
  • Static glute stretches
  • Hip flexion

16 DAYS AFTER SURGERY

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 2:25 pm

Wheelchair for what? Luckily, I don’t need it full time.

16 DAYS AFTER SURGERY

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 3:47 pm

Post-operative HOME!

Activities of daily living are much easier the second time around. You just know what you are going to need.

I live alone, so I booked cleaners to have everything lovely for my arrival. I also booked online shopping.

The two major requisites are the shower stool and the toilet seat raiser. The wound is healing nicely and there and I’m lucky the pain isn’t bothering me.

It's important to walk for at least ten minutes twice a day and keep up the rehab physio exercises.

3 WEEKS AFTER SURGERY

Monday, 13 October 2014 8:36 am

Home and coping well! I still attend rehabilitation physiotherapy twice a week.

This is important as it assures me I am on track, with my recovery and that I am doing my exercises correctly.

My first champagne in a very long time, to celebrate!

7 WEEKS AFTER SURGERY

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 9:17 AM

Back to work! It's been seven weeks since my hip replacement, right now I have no pain and am extremely happy to be returning to normal life.

I have done six weeks of rehab/physio and I feel this is a major part of such a successful recovery. I am walking normally, although I am very careful and take it a bit slowly because I use public transport!

I have a faint scar, which is almost invisible already. I have been using a light moisturiser and feel this has helped.

I recommend this operation to those who need it. I know it was the right things for me.

8 WEEKS AFTER SURGERY

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 1:57 pm

Back at work full time!

Coping with public transport a lot better now, just taking it really slowly. Have mastered trains, buses and walking.

It’s so lovely to be able to walk more freely and as far as I want. I have been looking for a more gentle form of Pilates to further strengthen my muscles.

I have found one in Nth Sydney so will be attending once a week just to support, the advice of the physios. I have my last visit back to see my surgeon next week.

I feel confident he will be happy with my progress. Everywhere I go people want to discuss it with me!

I am real life proof that you have a lot to gain if you need the operation.

I’m glad this experience worked out to be so positive for me.... Suzie

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