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    well, might as well post something here, won't be able to follow up every day for a while, but eventually i wil.
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    monday i underwent bilateral hip replacement. turned 50 3 weeks ago. problem has stemmed from a growth
    issue while i was a young teen. at that point i had 2 surgeries, placing pins to keep the ball from moving
    on the end of the femur. the only problem was there was no alignment to be done, so the joints have been
    misaligned for 35 years or so, finally causing me some aches 4 years ago, into a fairly good limp and some real
    bad days this past summer
    i bit the bullet, and chose to have 1 day of surgery, doing both hips, with 1 recovery and 1 stay out of work
    on disability. Most of my care providers ask me if i am nuts to do it this way, but many understand the theory.

    my surgery went well monday, later in the day due to the complexity of it (removing pins in the process) and i
    expect a couple more days here in the hospital. i have been walking since tuesday, short jaunts out of the room
    with a walker, but it's all key to my rehab and getting out of here, with more therapy at home for a few more weeks,
    i am able to rest comfortably, but getting up gets things riled up as expected. everybody says i am doing great,
    but, i'm hard on myself thinking i should be playing hockey again this weekend (just kidding)

    so anyway, i'll update every few days for now, then more as i get more time to sit with the computer on my
    lap or next to me in bed.

    later
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    Glad you're making progress, keep your head up! I wish you a speedy recovery!
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    Great to hear all went well. Keep us posted. I am close in age and have a steel plate in right hip, so I can see myself in your shoes - hopefully along time in the future.
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    thanks all
    JD X585 with 45 loader, 3ph, 62C deck, 47SB, 54 blade, Soft Cab. JD F620 with 60". JD 4X2 gator. JD T23 trimmer
    JD CS56 and CS36 saws. JS35 WB mower.

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    Both hips the same day? That sounds a little tougher to me than my one knee replacement. Hope the recovery continues to go well.
    Bird

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    Default Re: recovering from surgery

    I had a friend who's hip joints were destroyed by chemo undergo a double replacement. I think this was after the cancer came back the second time. He went through four rounds before the lost he fight.

    Had a neighbor lady go through a single at age 90. Was not long and she was out and about.

    Doing the recommended therapy plus has worked for me. Get well soon.

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    Good luck! Sounds like it should improve your mobility once you get past the therapy and healing.
    "Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end ..."

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    I'm very lucky to be 65 and almost no joint pain at all. Unfortunately, I inherited really bad veins in my legs and have had problems with blood clots since I was 27 years old. They first tried removing veins (stripping) and that just caused my other veins to go berserk, become inflamed, and make more clots. Because the valves have been wiped out in many of my leg veins, I get fluid pooling in my feet/ankles. This leads to stasis ulcers and lots of swelling and pain. Wearing shoes at times is unbelievably painful.

    Here's the good news. If I keep my weight around 200 or less, my problems seem to go away. Actually, my heart medications seem to have improved the condition favorably to the point that I can walk, work, and do most anything within reason. Unfortunately, I also inherited a tendency to easily gain weight. This last summer I was around 260 and my legs were going to pot. I also was a mess because of low stamina and even walking around stores had to be done carefully or I'd get short of breath. I've been on a diet since August and have lost about 45 lb. Just that amount has changed my life. My legs are almost healed up and I walk around without getting winded.

    There are many of us who have things we have to overcome, but it seems that often you don't have to look far to see somebody with similar or worse problems. I don't know what it would be like to have joint replacements, but I can sure identify with having to set your mind to do something and make it happen.

    Dutch, good luck with your rehab. Hang in there and you'll wonder why you didn't do this sooner. I'm sure pullin' for your continued improvement.
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    Good luck with the rehab, Dutch.

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    Had a Birmingham hip resurfacing 5 years ago. Best thing to happen to me. Follow the hip precautions and don't push the recovery too fast. Joint Pain free 7 weeks after the surgery lead to a pulled hamstring muscle. I was taking the stairs two at a time again.

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