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My Right Hip Replacement

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Blog entry by Joe Lyddon posted 04-14-2018 10:46 PM 916 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy all… I guess I cannot wait for me to really cover this subject in as much detail as I wanted… So, I will short-cut it.

My Right Hip Replacement

Back around August 2017, after some xrays, it was deemed that my Right Hip needed to be replaced due to osteoarthritis.

My brain went into a nosedive with all kinds of things that had to be done BEFORE anything like this could be done!

1. My wife is wheelchair bound. I have to figure out a way to allow her to be able to take care of herself easier.
2. Pantry food, in garage, where she cannot get to, must be moved into the house so she can have EASY access to it.
... that means OTHER stuff must be moved to make room for it… one thing requires another, and on & on & on…
... enough to boggle one’s mind.
3. I could NOT get around as EASILY as normal making it hard for me to do a lot of what needed to be done.
4. I had to ask for help in cleaning, moving stuff around, donating things, etc. etc.
5. I had visions that I would be in a wheelchair, house must be modified to allow me to get where I needed to go in a wheelchair… another huge Can of Worms, not easily done.
6. How is my wife going to care for me in the shape she’s in?
7. Our car is on it’s last legs and is VERY DIFFICULT for me just to get INTO and OUT of it… and worse for my wife!
8. I felt that I would have to recouperate for a long time before I could drive the car… let alone to JUST GET INTO IT!
... I got more information about this procedure from my sister and friends on LumbeJock.com forums…
... They helped me a lot!! Thank you all that HELPED ME… was really great!
... I should have gotten that Help a long time ago before my false visions took their toll! :)

9. I finally made an appointment with the Dr. to have my hip replaced… She informed me that the whole process takes a few weeks… Actually BLEW MY MIND on how FAST I was going to REHAB! ... Classes on how to get ready for it, exercises to do PRIOR to surgery, learn how to move around & practice the movements; like sitting in a chair & getting out of chair… Getting into bed & OUT… Rules of HOW you can move and CANNOT move…
10. The Dr. pointed me to some YouTube subjects to help the learning process… which helped a lot!
11. I continued to get the house ready for this… still a huge job… but getting better.
12. I felt that we should get a new vehicle… one that we both could get INTO & OUT of easily!
13. I finally gave the Dr. the OK, GO SIGNAL to proceed for the surgery…
14. Surgery Date was SET to: Feb. 23,2018. (about 3-4 weeks to go)
15. More classes had to be attended… Preparation for Surgery… washing, eating, etc.
16. We got a new car; Honda HR-V, 2018… Easy to get into & out… Auto.Trans. Awesome car!
... After getting it, I drove it to IN & OUT for hamburgers & fries for dinner… Then, it sat in the driveway!
... I knew that I could, at least, get IN & OUT of it without too much practice, etc. after the surgery & healing & rehab.
17. I had my hip replacement surgery on 2-23-2018…
18. On 2-24-2018, they had me getting me out of bed and walking, using a walker! I was walking!! NO PAIN at all!
19. The normal schedule was to be in the Hosp. for 3 days before going home!! I had to be able get IN & OUT of Bed, go to bathroom and do whatever was required BEFORE going home (in 3 days!)... The hosp. beds made it IMPOSSIBLE for me to EASILY getting INTO & OUT of!!
20. On 2-26 I went to a Rehab center… They had better beds & it much easier for me to get out of & into their beds!! I stayed there until Mar. 6, 2018 when I was taken HOME!!.
21. I went into the rehab center at 216.8 LBS…
22. Physical Therapy (PT) was #1 priority! I was walking more & more… I quickly learned to get to bathroom, etc. etc. I was getting stronger & stronger FAST!! Finally, I decided that I could make it at HOME… and went home Mar. 6…
... I was weighed… I left there weighing 202.2 LBS!! I could not believe it!! I LOST that much weight!
... My goal of breaking 200 LBS was in SIGHT!! I finally broke 200 by getting to 199.5 LBS… then I gained a little… I am now 204 LBS… BUT, I am working on BREAKING the 200… and getting into the 190’s!
... I had to shorten my Fanny Pack belt so it wouldn’t drop to my knees! <======
23. Visions Shattered!! I never had to rely on a wheelchair EVER, except in rehab & their rules to get to PT room, etc. (I could just walk to it! after a little, they let me walk to PT instead of using wheelchair). I DID NOT NEED AS MUCH CARE from my wife as I expected… in fact virtually NONE!! I was taking care of myself by MYSELF since getting home!
24. Physical Therapist visited home giving me more exercises to do & taught me how walk with a cane, as well as getting into NEW CAR (which was still sitting in the driveway)!
25. My first follow-up Dr. appointment after surgery was Mar.23,2018... Exactly ONE month from surgery!
26. I made it know that I wanted to be able to drive; the Dr. had to Clear me for driving.
... the normal time period to driving was 6 weeks after surgery… here I am at 4 weeks!
... she put me through some special strength tests… and said “You can Drive!”... Best words I’ve heard in a long time!
27. NOW, I can drive to the DMV to gt the new car registered, Ham Call license plated transferred, etc. DONE.
... My appoint with the DMV is Apr.30, 2018… I hope they don’t make a stink about the length of time it took to do it… I have to be strong enough to load wife’s wheelchair into car, etc. I think I can do it… keeping strain OFF my right hip.
28. I started out walking up the street with walker about 3 houses, rest, & walk back home… Then, I went to 6 houses… Then, I started to use Cane… Last week I walked AROUND THE BLOCK using cane… I now walk around the block in morning AND afternoon… Pretty soon, I will leave the cane home… I could leave it home now, but, I’d rather have the insurance with me for awhile… I would NOT want to lose my balance & FALL popping my hip of it’s joint!! Major concern now…
29. So that’s where I am right now… April 14, 2018
30. I feel GREAT!! I have NEVER HAD ANY PAIN WHATSOEVER from this operation!! Unbelievable!!
31. Oh, I also found out that my Dr. was rated #4 in the United States! She uses a Special procedure where NO muscles/tenons are cut! (reason for FAST recovery)... There is Only 2 incisions … 1 about 3.5” long and a circle incision about 3/8” in dia. (for the drill bit, I presume)... I must pass on her information… If anyone were going to have a hip replacement, IMHO, it would be worth it to come here and have Her do it!! To be sure!! Michelle D. Ward, MD Garey Orthopedic Medical Group 7777 A Milliken Ave, Suite 101 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 909-987-7696 …. FAX: 909-987-3401

She is the absolute BEST in the country doing this procedure!!

If wanted, I will post some of the YouTube programs I watched about The procedure it’self, PreOp & Post OP sites, etc.

If any of you have any questions, I will answer them the best way I can…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"



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patron

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#1 posted 04-14-2018 11:06 PM

wonderful news joe

both for you and deanne

attitude is everything
you seem to have it down

and a new car too
you are really stepping up these days

do you know if the doc does brain transplants
i could use one myself
not afraid to admit it anymore

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#2 posted 04-14-2018 11:27 PM

Great news, glad to hear everything is going well for you.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#3 posted 04-14-2018 11:41 PM

Thanks for sharing the great news with us Joe!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#4 posted 04-14-2018 11:45 PM

Good to hear, Joe. I had both knees done Dec 2016, and making a cane for myself was the first “woodworking” (as opposed to carpentry) I ever did. Best thing to happen to me, on both fronts.

Keep up the walking. It really is the best thing for your new artificial bits.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Redoak49

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#5 posted 04-15-2018 01:22 AM

I have had my left hip reached and eventually wore it out and had a revision done to put in a new ball and socket. I was 49 when I had the replacement and wore it out in 7 years. My newer one has not worn at all…better materials and quality control.

Glad you are doing well. Just a word of caution…...be careful as you can dislocate your new hip. I did and it was the most pain you can image. I blacked out from pain.

Take care and be a bit careful.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 04-15-2018 01:32 AM



I have had my left hip reached and eventually wore it out and had a revision done to put in a new ball and socket. I was 49 when I had the replacement and wore it out in 7 years. My newer one has not worn at all…better materials and quality control.

Glad you are doing well. Just a word of caution…...be careful as you can dislocate your new hip. I did and it was the most pain you can image. I blacked out from pain.

Take care and be a bit careful.

- Redoak49

How many years did you have on the one that BLEW OUT? How did you do it?

I never thought they’d wear out… Mine has a titanium shaft and a Ceramic Ball…

Thanks…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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tyvekboy

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#7 posted 04-15-2018 01:41 AM

Glad to hear that the hip operation went well and you’ve recuperated so fast.

That’s great to hear.

Now you can make those pretzels. Remember though, only 1 or 2 a day.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 04-15-2018 01:54 AM

I never thought they’d wear out… Mine has a titanium shaft and a Ceramic Ball…

About 15 years is the longest knees used to last. New materials and thinner implants do better now, but I had to wait until I was over 50 before they’d even refer me to a knee doc.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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cebfish

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#9 posted 04-15-2018 02:34 AM

Had mine replaced in 10/6/17. It was simply a miracle how fast the recovery went. I never realized how much pain I was having till after I got mine replaced

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#10 posted 04-15-2018 02:54 AM

Good to hear things are going well Joe. The more you work at it the better the Dr’s like it. Soon you won’t believe you ever had it replaced. At least that’s what I heard from a couple friends. Take care.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 04-15-2018 03:55 AM

Thanks for sharing this good news, Joe! Glad to hear you are doing so well. It is amazing how badly we can make ourselves feel when we think we know the answers. Keep on healing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 04-15-2018 02:00 PM

As joint replacements go, the hip has the best outcomes, and the shortest recovery, from my observations. Glad your procedure and recovery went smoothly.

Happy spring time…the snow is melting fast here, finally…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 04-15-2018 04:05 PM

Glad to read this forum. Having my right hip replaced in Kearny, Neb. in early June and have been pretty apprehensive about it. I live in N.W. Kansas. Has been hurting a couple of years and lately has gotten a lot worse. I wasn’t sure how it would affect me as I am still very active at everything, ( will be 66 this summer ). I was told they would have me up and walking in around three hours after surgery and would only keep me for two nights before sending me home if everything works out alright. Will be doing rehab in my hometown, and was told I might be able to drive in ten to fourteen days if I can move good enough and my reaction time with the hip is ok. I drive a larger pick-up, so it would be easier to get in and out of. My body is ready for the surgery, now I have to get my mind into it. I was also told than there would be some type of a robot ( robotics ) helping my surgeon with the surgery that would only take around 1 1/2 hours, give or take. The replacement parts that they will use are now rated to around 25 years lifespan. Thanks.

-- MEL, Kansas

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 04-15-2018 05:22 PM


Glad to read this forum. Having my right hip replaced in Kearny, Neb. in early June and have been pretty apprehensive about it. I live in N.W. Kansas. Has been hurting a couple of years and lately has gotten a lot worse. I wasn t sure how it would affect me as I am still very active at everything, ( will be 66 this summer ). I was told they would have me up and walking in around three hours after surgery and would only keep me for two nights before sending me home if everything works out alright. Will be doing rehab in my hometown, and was told I might be able to drive in ten to fourteen days if I can move good enough and my reaction time with the hip is ok. I drive a larger pick-up, so it would be easier to get in and out of. My body is ready for the surgery, now I have to get my mind into it. I was also told than there would be some type of a robot ( robotics ) helping my surgeon with the surgery that would only take around 1 1/2 hours, give or take. The replacement parts that they will use are now rated to around 25 years lifespan. Thanks.

- mel52

Mel,

GOOD for YOU!!
YES! It is NOT all THAT bad… forget the horror stories you may have been told!

Come to think of it, I think they had me walking, using a Walker, the same day as the surgery in AM, walking in afternoon! My Dr. used 3 days, just to be SURE.

Diving in 10-14 days after surgery sounds like a STRETCH to me… maybe my Dr. is more cautious… You will have to really HIT the Physical Therapy to be sure your leg muscles are strong enough to handle the Emergency situation. Now, if it’s your LEFT HIP, that could be the reason… not needing as much of Control Requirements as the Right Hip requires… My replacement was the Right Hip needing more attention.

I don’t know if my Dr. used robotics or not… I will ask her… The surgery length was about the same… maybe closer to 2 hrs… will have to ask… It’s in the ball park…

I have to also ask how long the parts will last… !! LOL

Golly, this subject has got me loading up questions for my Dr.!

Thank you and GOOD LUCK… Have No Fear…

BUT… above ALL…

Make your Physical Therapy your #1 Priority as well as walking… It DOES make a huge difference!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 04-15-2018 05:31 PM

Jim,

Thank you very much… We do not have any snow here that has to melt… Except in the mountains… & they love it up there… the more SNOW, the MORE $$$ :)

Have a good one!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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