... female? Scared to death to do the surgery hearing all the horror stories. Anyone have a good surgery? Can you ride a bike, use elliptical, and walk about 6 miles or so without pain? Can you enjoy a normal sexual relations. Thank you in advance for your feedback
The problem is that when something goes not according to plan; people scream and they are the stories you hear about and remember. People rarely tell you about the surgery when it was completely routine and then you often only find out by accident e.g. "My father/uncle/ aunt grandmother had one of them done and was playing golf within 6 months". I don't think golf is recommended BTW, but you get the idea. You will have to be a bit more careful about what you do. So long as you do the physiotherapy religiously you should be delighted with the outcome.
I read that something like 50 thousand total hip replacements are performed annually in the USA or Britain; somewhere... As with all surgeries there are both operative and post operative risks; while higher than some surgeries, mortality, has halved in the last 10 years and is less than 0.3% (for ALL candidates regardless of age, health or other risk factors). My risk factors increase that by about 15 times which is still better than 30 times, less than ten years ago. (my left HR is re-scheduled for 2/9/14) Accordingly you being young and in good health reduces risk substantially below that ominous 0.3% number. It is my opinion that you are worrying completely unnecessarily.
Have you read all the pre-surgery literature that describes your surgery, hospital stay and potential issues, recovery and setting up your house for maximum safety when you get home? You should have got this at the same time you signed the consent form. Initially you will have to follow all these little rules about feet placement, body rotation; angle between body and legs, not to bend over, how to get dressed and undressed etc. and you may have to hire (or buy) some equipment like a shower chair and an elevate-able, adjustable toilet seat and a set of those grabbing tong type things. Most chairs in peoples lounge rooms sit too close to the floor. You will have to get a chair that you can comfortably sit on where the angle between your body and legs is greater than 90 degrees.
I don't know what an elliptical is but if it involves unusual hip rotation or movement, it can lead to dislocation or damage requiring revision surgery.
Just follow the instructions the surgeon/ hospital/ physiotherapist gives you and you'll be fine.
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