By http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Ed_Broadbent Ed Broadbent
I recently had a total hip arthroplasty or as it is more
commonly known total hip replacement.
I have decided to tell of my experiences as a patient in
order to help other potential patients make a decision
whether they should go ahead and have this particular
I am an active man over 65 years old who still works in the
outdoor profession of yacht chartering and, whenever
possible, I walk my dog regularly.
The pain in my right hip crept up on me gradually until I
asked my general practitioner to organise an x-ray. This
showed some deterioration and arthritis in that hip but he
advised me to take some mild anti-inflammatories and not to
go any further at that stage.
The naproxen that was prescribed kept the pain down but
gradually over time this increased until I decided that I
should have another x-ray.
This x-ray showed a rapid deterioration in the arthritis in
that hip and as a result I was referred to an orthopaedic
He explained what was going to happen in the operation
warned me that there was a small percentage chance of
difficulties and that I would have slightly less movement in
the hip after the operation However he was encouraging about
the quality and longevity of the new hip so I decided to go
I was given an epidural in my spine and went into the
operating theatre at about 8 o’clock on a Thursday evening.
I had recovered by 10 o’clock that evening and went back to
The next morning after breakfast the physiotherapist came to
see me and had me out of bed and walking on crutches before
When the surgeon came to see me he explained in lay mans
terms that there had been direct contact between the bone in
my hip and the bone in my leg which explained the pain that
I had been experiencing. It was thus obvious that there had
been no alternative but to carry out this or a similar
On Sunday the following day the physiotherapist had me
walking greater distances on crutches and also up and down
The physiotherapy continued on the Monday and in the
afternoon I was able to go home.
I was given some daily exercises to do and advised not to
drive for six weeks.
The essential pieces of equipment that I needed while I was
recovering were a straight back chair with arms to help me
get up and down, a raised toilet seat and a Pressure care
cushion to sit on.
For the next six weeks the main difficulty I experienced was
sleeping as I found it very difficult to find a comfortable
position in bed.
During this period I carried on with the exercises went to a
weekly session with the physiotherapist and did some
hydrotherapy. The only medication I took was some
paracetamol when needed and some anti blood clotting
After two weeks I was able to walk with only one crutch and
after four weeks I didn’t need crutches.
It is now four months since the operation I haven’t taken
any painkillers for the last two months I have walked almost
every day with the dog and I have been out sailing on a
I am more active than I have been for several years and I am
not conscious at all of the operation on my hip.
To anyone who has allowed their hip joint to deteriorate to
the extent that I did I would highly recommend this
However I still believe that natural remedies, weight
control and diet can prevent or slow down the onset of
Ed Broadbent is the owner of
a website which aims to give information and help with the
treatment of arthritis
Patient’s Experience of Total Hip Replacement Surgery