Three weeks ago, I walked into this clinic early in the morning and later that afternoon walked (yes, WALKED!) out with my new totally-replaced left hip.
I am still amazed!
My hip has been hurting for at least 3 years now...it's hard to recall exactly when it started, but it was before my cancer journey which began in May 2015. Finally, at the urging of my family and oncologist, I decided to see an orthopedic doctor who quickly could see from the x-ray that I had severe osteoarthritis with basically no cartilage left in that hip joint making it bone-on-bone. No wonder it hurt to walk. Or sit. Or stand. Or even lie down.
A generation ago, I wouldn't have had any other options except to live with it, a necessary result of getting old. But these days, thankfully that is not the case.
So, if you've been following along with me recently, you know I had a total hip replacement on January 17.
I've heard it's a brutal surgery, but of course I was totally unaware of anything that was going on. The doctor basically dislocates the hip, saws off the ball of the femur bone, drills a hole in the femur and inserts a metal rod inside with a ball (mine is ceramic) on top, and sands down/resurfaces the pelvic bone and puts in a metal and plastic cup for the ball to fit into.
Back in Civil War days, doctors were often called "sawbones," a decriptive nickname for what they often had to do. Saw bones. Ugh. But I guess the description fits my orthopedic surgeon even in this day and age....
Anyway, fast-forward three weeks later and ALL IS WELL!!! I am walking upright and pain-free...I feel like I've gotten 2 inches taller! I've had literally no pain, only some stiffness and muscle soreness that I can't really classify as "pain."
So there's your update, for those who were wondering. I go back to the surgeon for a follow-up in mid-March, but until then I'm cleared to gradually resume all normal activities within reason as I am able. My mobility is returning, my flexibility is slowly improving....ALL IS WELL!!!
Now here is your warning...if you don't want to see my healing incision (it's not gruesome or anything...but perhaps a little TMI....), just click off the blog now and check back in tomorrow. For the brave of heart (because I am fascinated by such medical stuff and figure there are others out there who are too! Seriously, I should've been a surgeon....), I've included a photo below. And no, it doesn't hurt unless I try to wear jeans. Not quite ready for anything rough against it yet.
Ignore the 60-year-old white lady skin...if you can....
5" long, the front (anterior approach) of my left hip.
...three weeks later.