bilateral hip replacement questions..

bilateral hip replacement questions..

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East Elmhurst, NY

#1 May 19, 2009
I am planning on having bilateral hip replacements in about a month. I have two questions. Will I be able to wipe myself right after and if not how long will it take before I can do so ?(that is almost a deal breaker for me)Do you think It would make a differance if I did one at a time ?
2) how long till I can sleep on my side ? I am 46yrs old. please advise.thank you very much for your input....

Miami, FL

#2 May 23, 2009
If you have the anterior hip replacement surgery, you do not have any precautions after surgery. You can do anything you want (no pillow between legs, you can bend over, you don't have to use an elevated toilet seat, minimal therapy). You can use the bathroom and take care of your personal care needs by yourselfand sleep anyway you want to. It's the only want to have surgery. It is a anterior incision (on the front) so you don't have the limitations. There are doctors in S. Florida using the Hana table at North Broward Medical Center and you can use their website for more information if you need more.

Huntersville, NC

#3 May 30, 2009
Ray: I had bi-lateral hip replacement exactly two years ago. If you have the anterior approach, you will have no limits on your movements. The only thing is with both being done at the same time you won't have a good leg to stand on. You will be able to go to the bathroom with no problems with wiping, also once you are physically able you can sleep anyway you want, no pillow between the legs. You can bend over to tie your shoes, sit in any position. I am so happy I did both at the same time, one healing time. I was back to teaching my low impact aerobics class in 4 weeks, I couldn't play racquetball for 4 months, but now i play 3-4 times a week, and sure do move good. Just make sure you do your physical therapy and i stretch every morning. I can now sit in an Indian position, which was impossible before, I can step over things, push in the clutch and I also horseback ride often. so i strongly encourage everyone to get both done at the same time, the anterior approach method. Hope this has helped you some.
Movin along

Coudersport, PA

#4 May 31, 2009
I am about one week post op THR...all seems to be going just fine...EXCEPT that I am (excuse the French) peeing every two hrs especially during the night....and anyone that has had a THR knows how much fun getting to the bathroom is when you "really gotta go" I thought about a UTI but I dont have even one other symptom....No "urgency" problem pre op....THANKS

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Jun 5, 2009
thank you all for your input...I have to ask my doctor if it is anterior hip replacement surgery....IT is at HSS in NYC which is supposed to be a cutting edge hosiptal I am told, so I am keeping my fingers crossed (since I cant cros my legs without pain)
thanks again

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Feb 23, 2010
I am back 8 months later to answer my own questions as I am sure others have them as well
1. I did have trouble "reaching" when going to the bathroom initially but before I went into the hosptial I bought an "aide" which allowed me to be independent.
2) I was not able to sleep on my side the first 2 weeks or so but it was not as hard to sleep as I thought it wouold be
Overall the procudure was almost painless...the bad news is I am still on crutches as it is taking much longer then expected to walk..I may have my knees done soon as they may be part of the problem
I hope this helps
J Bullock


#7 Jun 23, 2010
I had bilateral knee & hip replacements approximately one year ago. I still go and work out but I also still have some pain in both areas especially when I try to play golf. When will this pain stop or will it ever?

Washington, DC

#8 Aug 21, 2010
I had sciatica years ago and had managed to more or less eliminate it though a series of morning exercises and a few stretches during the day. Unfortunately, these are primarily floor exercises and also involve movement (e.g., crossing my legs) that is not permitted after bilateral hip replacement (June 22). Does anyone know any exercises that would help my sciatica but would be ok otherwise?

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#9 Oct 29, 2010
Chris, I also am looking to have both hips to be done at the same time using the anterior approach. Now that you are 2 years out any new feedback good or bad? Hope it's not too personal what was your age when you had the surgery--I'll be 54 when I get my surgery done. I have a lot of osteoarthritis in hips and knees due mostly because I've been taking seizure meds since I was 12 years old. Instead of posting on this board, if you want to my email address is [email protected] I really would like to hear of the experiences you have gone through with your surgeries and after.


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#10 Oct 30, 2010
Hi! When you had your surgeries did you have them done on same day? Hips one day, Knees at another time? Or 4 surgeries total? If I can be so bold, were age,weight and overall health determining factors for the surgeons? I'm looking to have my hips done in March 'll, knees sometime soon after that I guess. Would love to get the whole thing done at on fell swoop but I'm thinking that it might be too much of a stretch on the joints to do everything at once. What are your experiences/feelings?

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#11 Oct 30, 2010
Above message is for JBullock's responce. Of course if anyone else as similar experience or ideas feel free to post. Any & all information is welcome! Lori

Effingham, IL

#12 Jan 20, 2011
Can any of you tell me what symptoms might indicate that the replacement has worn out creating a loose fit? Also, mine were bilateral so does that cut down on my options for replacement replacement? Is anterior still an option?



United States

#13 Feb 26, 2011
I am 36 and just found out that I need both hips done as well. I have arthritis and both are bone on bone. I am so scared to have them both done, but know that I will not want to go back for the other at a later date. I am pretty small. 5'3 and 120lbs, so my Dr. says he believes I will do well. I am just thinking that I will be in the hospital and rehab for weeks and I don't want to be! I have a 6 year old at home that I wouldn't want to leave that long.:(

United States

#14 Feb 26, 2011
TPORC, My surgery will be 3/15/2011 so I'll know more at that time but everything I've been told and read if you go with a good OS who uses the Direct Anterior Approach you won't be spending a lot of time in the hospital and you "rehab" can all be done at home--make sure you have someone at home that can help you out. My stay in the hospital will be 2 days (because it's a bilateral surgery) and the rehab will be 2 weeks. Check out the website and there you will be able to find a OS who does the anterior approach surgery. I,too, have arthritis & my hips are bone on bone so I can empathize with you and the pain you must be going through. Don't put it off, talk to a OS as soon as you can. Good Luck.

United States

#15 Feb 26, 2011
Good luck! Thanks for the information. You mentioned that rehab will be 2 weeks, but you don't mean staying at a place do you? My husband is very helpful.(He has been putting my shoe and sock on for the past year!) and my parents live close by as well. I know we both will be better in the long run and that is the only reason I am going to go through with it!! Keep me posted! I meet with an OS on the 10th.

Firebaugh, CA

#16 Feb 26, 2011
TPORC, I was confused at first too, but the "rehab" can all be done at home. Sounds like you have a wonderful husband who can help you with the exercises they want you to do and with your parents close there's another added bonus. I hope your appointment with the doc goes well and that he can get surgery scheduled soon for you.
On a personal note, how's the weather? Getting enough snow?

United States

#17 Feb 27, 2011
The weather has been terrible this Winter. Storm after storm! It is snowing now as I type too. I heard it snowed in CA. yesterday. I have an aunt that lives in Playa Del Rey. Anywhere by you? That is great that the rehab can be done at home. I am such a baby. Do you have Arthritis in any other joints?-Tracy
Jo Bullocki


#18 Feb 27, 2011
loralee2 wrote:
Above message is for JBullock's responce. Of course if anyone else as similar experience or ideas feel free to post. Any & all information is welcome! Lori
Hi LoraLee. I had my lt knee done 2008 my rt hip oct 2008. My rt knee in 2009 my rt.hip oct 2009. I had avascular necrosis so I had no choice having to have them fixed. Was doing pretty good till the recalled depuy hips in Aug 2010.I have just had to have it replaced 2 weeks ago and doing really good at present. I have a wonderful surgeon. I take my theray 4 times a day. Hope all goes well with you. Jo

United States

#19 Feb 27, 2011
TPORC, Where your aunt lives is in LA, I'm WAY up north closer to the Oregon border. We were supposed to get a lot more snow than we actually did--OK by me--I'm not a snow bunny. As far as the arthritis goes, well basically I've got it from my neck to my toes. Just waiting for my TMJs to join the party. As far as rehab goes you do have to see what your OS suggests but remember you are the one who ultimately makes the decision. Just weigh your pros and cons.
And to Jo Bullocki, thank you for getting back to me. Glad to hear that you seem to be doing well now after all of your surgeries. I've got surgery all set up for my bilateral hips to be done(3/15). Later in the year I'll have surgery on my knees.
Good luck to all of us!

Worcester, MA

#20 Feb 28, 2011
I am pretty much the same. I do have some pain in my jaw, shoulder, neck,and one ankle. The hips are what bother me the most. My knees are swollen at times, but I don't have pain in them. Have you had any other joint surgeries in the past? My doctor was talking about some meds such as Enbril or anyone on these?

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