Ed Broadbent's Total Hip Replacement 2013

Updated 1/11/2014

Patient's Experience of Total Hip Replacement Surgery

By  http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Ed_Broadbent Ed Broadbent

The Situation

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 operation.

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 surgeon.

Consultation

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 ahead.

The Operation

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 ward.

The next morning after breakfast the physiotherapist came to see me and had me out of bed and walking on crutches before lunchtime.

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 procedure.

On Sunday the following day the physiotherapist had me walking greater distances on crutches and also up and down stairs.

The physiotherapy continued on the Monday and in the afternoon I was able to go home.

Recuperation

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 tablets.

After two weeks I was able to walk with only one crutch and after four weeks I didn't need crutches.

Conclusion

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 Yacht.

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 procedure.

However I still believe that natural remedies, weight control and diet can prevent or slow down the onset of arthritis.

Ed Broadbent is the owner of http://howtotreatarthritis.net a website which aims to give information and help with the treatment of arthritis

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