August 8, 2013
It’s one year today since my THR so just a quick one to say thanks to everyone who’s given me all the great advice so far. Even a year down the line its good to read about things like ‘start up’ pain and know its nothing to worry about. I went for some professional physio and keep up the strengthening and core exercises at home so the hip is feeling strong. Mr. Treacy told me he would give me a hip that would allow me to crawl around into awkward places for my work and he was true to his word. I’m learning to treat it with respect without being over cautious and its working well.
The only thing I’ve given up for good is playing squash, it’s just a personal choice not to put my joint through that amount of stress. I miss it but I can live with not playing so no problems there.
I’ve started doing a lot of walking at weekends-hills, steps, all terrains really and its all stuff that would have left me in agony a year ago.
August 8, 2014
It’s two years today since my THR at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham. The two years have flown past-probably the same for many of you, who have been given a new lease of life from hip surgery.
This site remains a constant source of encouragement-I’ve said it before, but I’m not sure where I’d be if I had not found it before my surgery- thanks to anyone who has passed on their kind words.
There are lots of days now where I don’t think about hips at all. From finding this site six months pre-op, to around 18 months post-op, it was on my mind continually so it feels good to just not consider it any more.
It doesn’t hurt at all, I do my job in construction with no problems, I can sleep on it fine so It’s all good so far.
I can honestly say that I can’t tell I’ve had it done.
The two bits of advice I’d tell anyone is:
If you need hip surgery but aren’t a candidate for HR- don’t worry about having to have a THR.
It’s a great alternative- there are two people I know about here with THR’s that
are doing everything, and probably more, than they were pre-op.
rI was on the verge of giving up motorcycling but that doesn’t hurt anymore so I’ve got a bigger bike!
Second thing, just don’t worry about how long it takes you to recover.
I’ve read many posts here with people ditching the crutches early because someone else has-don’t do it.
Keep the crutches till you’re told not to use them and use the stick until you can walk without limping- even then, just hang on to it for a couple of months to use when you’ve
walked a long way.
A few more months just using a stick occasionally is nothing compared to the years ahead walking nice and straight. Enough preaching from me, thanks to you all- Mike.