Having a Hip Replacement
Tips on getting through a joint replacement
Published on January 30, 2012 by Paul Thagard in Hot Thought
I’m currently preparing for my second hip replacement to take place in February, remembering the lessons learned from my first one in April, 2011. My younger brother is also getting a new hip in February, so I’m writing this to help him and other people go through a difficult but worthwhile experience. My replaced right hip works wonderfully, free of the pain that started in 1995 and grew steadily worse. There are many Web pages that provide valuable medical information, but in this post I want to focus on practical advice about getting how to manage the whole process.
For medical advice, let me suggest these pages:
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hip-replacement/MY00235
My Joint Replacement: http://www.myjointreplacement.ca/
My goal in this post is to provide practical suggestions to deal with matters that the medical sites don’t much discuss.
Best advice I can add for hospital and rehab stay is technical – bring a multi plug strip for all your electronics. It can be hard to find someplace to plug everything you need in – phone charger, computer, sleep machine -and it is awkward to keep switching these items. This saves you and the staff lots of maneuvering.