Guy Churchwood – Patient View of a Total Hip Replacement
Total RIGHT hip replacement, motorbike accident accelerated what was later discovered to be a birth defect where the cup of my hip joint was too shallow.
May 23, 2009
Pre op day
Worry level very low, still felt I was there in the 3rd person e.g. way off timing and not really me.
Discussed with the doc on what was going to happen, what drugs they’d use, there were a large amount of forms filled in one set by the nurse another the doctor and one by us.
One more set of x-rays and some blood being taken…
Things I found out
Surgery would take around 1.5-2hrs
Putting in a metal hip, ceramic ball and plastic cup with metal surround
They use the equivalent of a circular cheese grater to fit the right cup size
The joint replacement is basically a stake that is hammered in with increasing increments till the right one fits snuggly
The replacement had what looked like a perforated surround allowing the bone to grow into the replacement so not cemented
Spinal injection and drugged up NOT general anesthetic for the operation (worried me greatly)
Should be walking on it the next day and a hospital stay for 3 days most likely
6 weeks basic recovery, have to baby it, never cross your legs, never bend more than 90 degrees etc etc..