My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
Chris

Huntersville, NC

#328 Dec 21, 2009
Michael and Angela: I also had bilateral hip replacement, 2 1/2 years ago. i had virtually no pain after the surgery and was walking very slowly, but walking a lot everyday with my walker for about a week and then a cane for about a few days, my husband insisted I use it, I forgot a lot of times. I also did the exercises 3x a day, it really did help. I needed help with the initial lift of my feet, once they were off the bed I could lift them up and down and out and in with no problem, just that initial lift was difficult and took a lot of concentration. I was back teaching aeorbics in 4 weeks, back to playing racquetball in 3 1/2 months. I have the titanium also. Good luck, it is the best surgery and you will be back to yourself in no time.
Jeanne

Grandville, MI

#329 Jan 1, 2010
I'm a 42 year old female. Had my right hip done with anterior approach on 12/15/09 in Louisville, KY (drove 6 hours from Michigan). They had me going up and down stairs two days later. I walked with a walker for about a week, then switched to a cane. The incision is about 5 inches long. All was going well until I developed an infection on Christmas. Make sure you get it checked out if it is very swollen and very pink. I didn't know what to expect/if that was usual or not. I am on Levaquin now, which is a pretty strong antibiotic (They had me on something weaker at first, so beware.). Even with that set back, I have been without a cane since the 2 week mark. Make sure you ice and do your exercises, if you want the quickest recovery. Highly recommend this surgery. I think my infection was a fluke. Let me know if you have any questions. Glad to help if I can. P.S. 6 hour drive back to Michigan wasn't too bad...stopped every couple of hours and walked a lil bit with the walker.
Jeanne

Grandville, MI

#330 Jan 1, 2010
Also wanted to add, before your surgery make sure you get everything you need. Raised toilet seat if you can get one(I needed one for about 10 days, you may want to borrow one), seat for the tub (I only needed this for a few days, so, again, see if you can borrow one), have your clothes near where you will be recuperating (not up or down stairs), get your bedding all set (was easier for me to sleep in a recliner than to put a mattress on the floor -- harder to get up off the floor), walker and/or cane (if the hospital doesn't supply one), make sure your bathroom supplies are in the bathroom you will use, make sure you have clear lanes/no clutter for the path of your walker, have a large cup/glass with a straw so you don't have to keep going to the kitchen, Have books, magazines, crossword books, movies, TV remote handy. Get 2 of the long gel packs. Having a table next your recliner is really the best way to go. There is something that will help you put your socks on that my friend got at the hospital. Wishing I'd had one of those. Good idea to have Crocs or some other type of slip on shoes until you are able to bend over and tie. Get up and walk every 1/2 hour or hour if you can. Do your exercises. Ice, ice, ice. Hope this helps. :)
michael p

Oswego, IL

#331 Jan 1, 2010
Much better now using cane. 3 day's a week rehab, exercising at home. Really doing stretching on operated side. Just a pain killer at bedtime, and feeling more positive. Using Ice Machine on hip and leg area. Can't wait to start walking! Still don't know time frame for this but making gains everyday.
Bones99

Williamstown, NJ

#332 Jan 2, 2010
I had an Anterior/Lateral procedure 6 weeks ago. Some muscle was cut, but it was a minimally invasive procedure; 3" incision. I made quick gains up to week 3, then it slowed for about a week and a half or so while I was walking with a cane. Then, by week 5, I suddenly felt very strong walking and gave up the cane; had no problem waking at all. Some days are stronger than others depending on my exercise level, squats, elliptical trainer, etc., but overall, I'm quite pleased with my results thus far. Don't get discouraged if you have a few stagnant recovery days. I'm told the main difference between the anterior procedure and mine is a slightly longer recovery due to the muscle being cut. I'm 49, so if you're a quick healer, it's no big deal. My surgeon had only done a handful of anterior procedures at the time of my surgery, so he opted to go with the procedure he was most experienced with at that time to ensure the best possible outcome. My only restrictions after 6 weeks were NO jumping (like off the tailgate of my pickup truck), no long distance running, and to be careful of my operated leg crossing over my other leg at the knee to avoid a possible position which could be unstable. Unfortunately, this means soccer is out on a competitive level for me, as I'm sure I'd eventually get myself into trouble and shorten the life of the prosthetic, too with all the hard running.

Hope this helps!
Jane

United States

#333 Jan 2, 2010
I just had a total hip replacement on my right hip by Dr. Cambize Shahrdar MD Orthopaedic Surgeon,The Orthopedic Clinic in Shreveport, LA. using the Anterior Hip Replacement Approach on Wednesday morning 12/20/2009 at Willis-Knighten Pierremont and have just returned home 01/02/10. I'm walking with no assistance, although I did bring a walker home if needed. My leg is still swollen but the swelling will diminish over the next couple of weeks. No hip restrictions, no therapy. I will return to his office to remove the staples in 2 weeks, then depending on his check-up will be returning back to work shortly thereafter. I realize that everyone is different and I was so fortunate that my bone density was good and I had no underlying health problems. In addition, Dr. Shahrdar is most encouraging, very professional and accessible. That is ditto for his staff.
Susie

AOL

#334 Jan 12, 2010
Am doing research on orthopedic doctors in the Tidewater, VA area for hip replacement surgery. Need to have right hip done but been putting it off because don't know who to see. Would appreciate any feedback.
fessden at excite com

Beverly, MA

#335 Jan 12, 2010
Ned wrote:
This message is for Sam Svetkey or Hippie Chick. Would you please email me at nedlafortune at hotmail dot com? I have an appiontment with Dr. Snyder and would really appreciate the opportunity to ask you a few questions. Thank you. Thanks also to all who have shared their experiences on this site, I have found it encouraging.
- 41 y.o. candidate for bi-lateral t.h.r.
I know it has been a while, but I also have an Apptment with a Dr. Snyder at Newton Wellesley this week. Would you be willing to share your experience with me? Thank you My email is my name.
fessden at excite com

Beverly, MA

#336 Jan 12, 2010
Hippy Chick I'm seeing Dr. Snyder on Friday 1-15. Would you be willing to share your experience w/ me? Thank you...my email is my post name
Hippy Chick wrote:
Hi Helen,
I had no cartilage and several bone spurs prior to my left hip replacement. I am over 8 weeks and could not feel more secure or natural with my new hip. All I can tell you is that post opp the leg/area feels heavy - just very, very heavy. However, since you already have experience with surgery I imagine it will not be anything new for you - and it's very short lived.
For anyone considering the surgery in MA, I had a truly amazing surgeon, Dr. Daniel Snyder. In a million years I would never consider a different type of surgery. At 8 weeks, my hip is a non-thought, I can wear heels all day, and I hope to go to yoga class very soon - all with no aches, no pain! I had a slower recovery period compared to many on this blog - but I think that was from the level of damage my arthritis had wreaked on my muscles and bones.
Helen - do your exercises - your new hip will ultimatley support you better than ever before!
Helen

AOL

#337 Jan 12, 2010
Susie wrote:
Am doing research on orthopedic doctors in the Tidewater, VA area for hip replacement surgery. Need to have right hip done but been putting it off because don't know who to see. Would appreciate any feedback.
Hi Susie,
I had my anterior Left THR done in September by Dr. Anthony Carter at Hampton Roads Orthopedics. I had it done at Mary Immculate Hosptial at 11 am and by 9 pm I was walking with a walker to the restroom. The next day I did two sessions of PT and was released to go home that evening. Once I got home I never needed a walker or a cane - and I'm not a very athletic person
(I used to be which caused my hip problem). Dr. Carter is very good and very easy to talk to.
Hope this helps ! Good Luck
Dolores

Americus, GA

#338 Jan 12, 2010
Kim in Newport Beach wrote:
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Hi Travis,
I'm also in Orange County (CdM). I'm not familiar with the name, "Birmingham" Hip procedure, but if that is the anterior hip replacement procedure, I looked high and low for a doctor in Orange County to do my anterior hip replacement. There are only two doctors in O.C. that do this surgery - they are in the city of Orange, I believe. However, if you are using insurance for your surgery, they won't be your best choice. They don't take insurance for their fees. I think only the facility where they operate will honor your insurance.
Given that I wanted my insurance to cover my surgery, I did more research and found Dr. Andrew Yun, who has offices in Marina del Rey and in Santa Monica. He was the ONLY doctor in all of the O.C/L.A. area who takes insurance. So, I had him do my surgery in April of this year. I have nothing but great things to say about him, St. John's Hospital where he operates and the outcome of my surgery. If you scroll up in these various messages, you will find more comments that I've written about my experience with this surgery. Bottom line, I would highly recommend Dr. Yun to anyone considering to have this anterior hip replacement surgery done. I don't even think about the fact that I had hip surgery, or that I had things I couldn't do just 7 months ago. Everything is as normal as can be now!
Good luck!
Hi, Kim
I'm about 9 wks postop, now, and I am so happy I went to Santa Monica for my new hip. I was certainly in good hands with Dr. Joel Matta and his team, as well as the staff of St. John's. I am pain free, had minimal bruising - mainly on my knee - and have just slight swelling on the outside of my hip. I enjoyed swimming today, as well as a journey to pick up my son at the airport using no cane or walker. I was in pretty bad shape before the surgery, so I am still having some physical therapy to help me return to my "normal". PT is so important, as you advised me. I work at my recovery every day. I CAN NOW TIE MY OWN SHOES!!! Yeah!!! One of my goals reached. My therapist says I can try dancing - another of my goals - just to pace myself. Thanks for all your encouragement and support. I so appreciated your advice, including the comments about the Best Western. Wonderful service from them as well. They sent their shuttle to pick me up from the hospital,and had a wheelchair waiting at the door to take me to my room. It was very nice to walk on their roof garden with all the roses and bougainvilla in bloom. My surgery almost became a vacation. We had an uneventful drive back to Arizona a week after the surgery, just stopping every two hours along the way.
Kim in Newport Beach

Newport Coast, CA

#339 Jan 13, 2010
Hi Dolores,

Congratulations on your successful surgery! It won't be long until you don't even think about your hip surgery anymore. I am now 9 months post-op and I certainly don't. I can do everything without any pain - even the pain that I had in my left knee is gone (same leg as my hip surgery). That is such a huge bonus for me!! Since I had the knee pain even for months after my hip surgery, I didn't think the two were related and that I would just now have to either live with the knee pain or figure out something else to do for it, but gradually the knee pain went away, so I am a very happy camper! Anyway, stick to your PT and your walking and I think you, too, will get to the point that you don't even think about the surgery anymore!
Sue

Sun Valley, NV

#340 Jan 14, 2010
I'm scheduled for anterior hip replacement on 2/8. I was wondering if anyone having that approach can advise whether or not I should invest in a shower seat for when I come home, or if I will be able to stand in the shower without one.
Marcia- Palos Park IL

United States

#341 Jan 14, 2010
Sue wrote:
I'm scheduled for anterior hip replacement on 2/8. I was wondering if anyone having that approach can advise whether or not I should invest in a shower seat for when I come home, or if I will be able to stand in the shower without one.
Sue, I was told not to shower for 2 weeks after the surgery. At that point, I wasn't even using the walker anymore for getting around, so standing certainly wasn't an issue. Ask your doctor when you'll be able to shower. I was lucky that my incision was closed with glue and not staples: I was told that, if I'd had staples, I'd have to wait to shower until after they'd been removed.
As long as I'm posting here, if anyone is going to have their surgery done at Ingalls in Harvey, IL, I'd be glad to answer any questions you have: Mine was done there on 11/17/09. Also, if anyone here does yoga, I'm interested in how your surgery affected your yoga practice. The "yoga after hip replacement" topix site isn't very active. Thanks!
Kim in Newport Beach

Newport Coast, CA

#342 Jan 14, 2010
Sue wrote:
I'm scheduled for anterior hip replacement on 2/8. I was wondering if anyone having that approach can advise whether or not I should invest in a shower seat for when I come home, or if I will be able to stand in the shower without one.
Sue, I would highly recommend having something to sit on in the shower. You won't be able to put all your weight on your operated leg, so washing might be a problem. I just had my husband put one of our plastic patio chairs in my shower and that made washing my legs much easier. Good luck!
Jeanne

United States

#343 Jan 14, 2010
Sue,

Please read my two posts from 1/1/10. They offer several helpful tips for recovery after the surgery. I found the shower chair useful for a few days, then found I didn't need it anymore. Part of that will depend on your strength before the surgery. Do what you can to strengthen that leg now. One other thing I didn't mention is to purchase some brief underwear, if you don't own them. I bought 6 pairs before my surgery, and was glad I did. They barely run across the wound area.

Feel free to post any more questions you may have. People on here are very helpful and friendly.:)
Angela M

United States

#344 Jan 14, 2010
Sue wrote:
I'm scheduled for anterior hip replacement on 2/8. I was wondering if anyone having that approach can advise whether or not I should invest in a shower seat for when I come home, or if I will be able to stand in the shower without one.
Sue - I had two anterior hip replacements this year. I highly recommend getting a shower chair. If you don't have one already, a handheld shower head also comes in very handy. I also recommend getting an elevated toilet chair that fits over your existing toilet and has arms that you to use to lower/raise yourself. I used both the shower chair and the toilet chair for several weeks after surgery. Good luck to you! Angela
Marcia-Palos Park IL

United States

#345 Jan 15, 2010
Angela M wrote:
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Sue - I had two anterior hip replacements this year. I highly recommend getting a shower chair. If you don't have one already, a handheld shower head also comes in very handy. I also recommend getting an elevated toilet chair that fits over your existing toilet and has arms that you to use to lower/raise yourself. I used both the shower chair and the toilet chair for several weeks after surgery. Good luck to you! Angela
Sue, You will be more comfortable with the elevated toilet seat that Angela mentioned. However, be sure you get one that fits securely on your toilet. I couldn't safely use mine on my Kohler toilet: I couldn't tighten it properly, due to the toilet's design, so it would precariouly rock back and forth. The elevated seat worked fine on my American Standard.
Jeanne

Phenix City, AL

#346 Jan 15, 2010
Sue wrote:
I'm scheduled for anterior hip replacement on 2/8. I was wondering if anyone having that approach can advise whether or not I should invest in a shower seat for when I come home, or if I will be able to stand in the shower without one.
Sue, Try to see if you can borrow a raised toilet seat from a friend. You will only need it for a short while. If it's possible to borrow it, you won't have to spend the $$. Also, try to get one that can stand alone. It will sort of hover over the toilet. This one has the arm rests which will help you sit and stand.

To All:

My scar in only about 4 inches long. Just wondered how long everyone else's was.?? Also, does anyone have any PT exercises they can recommend? They told me just to "walk," but I'm sure there are other stretches and strengthening things I could be doing. Thanks much.
Marcia - Palos Park IL

Westmont, IL

#347 Jan 16, 2010
Jeanne wrote:
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Sue, Try to see if you can borrow a raised toilet seat from a friend. You will only need it for a short while. If it's possible to borrow it, you won't have to spend the $$. Also, try to get one that can stand alone. It will sort of hover over the toilet. This one has the arm rests which will help you sit and stand.
To All:
My scar in only about 4 inches long. Just wondered how long everyone else's was.?? Also, does anyone have any PT exercises they can recommend? They told me just to "walk," but I'm sure there are other stretches and strengthening things I could be doing. Thanks much.
Jeanne, my scar is 3 1/2 inches. Won't your doctor write an order for some therapy for you: Even just one session in which you explain to the therapist that you want guidance on a routine you can do at home as you recover? Since everyone's recovery is different, I think you should get some professional advice about therapy.

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