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Denis - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

Total hip replacement on Monday.  I came home yesterday afternoon Pretty heavily drugged.  While suffering a bit, I consider this to have been the dodging of a bullet, although I can’t be certain until 2 weeks have passed.  Hospital systems, driven by government Regulators and fear of liability have established rehab centers for patients who do not progress according to guidelines.  Many of these centers are in or next door to nursing homes.  A friend warned me about this, for which I am very grateful.  It was not easy to suffer the first 24 hours post-op.  But I gritted my teeth and did everything possible to convince them I was having the greatest recovery in history so I could get the he** out of there.  Did it now because San Francisco has a remarkably low COVID rate.  The bad numbers for California as a whole are coming from 5 counties around LA and San Diego.  I don’t expect that to last and elective surgeries will likely be shut down soon.

I hope you all are well and safe.

Denis 

Scott - DCSki Editor
one month ago

I’m glad you were able to have your surgery and dodge some of the issues related to COVID.  Best wishes for a continued speedy recovery.

one month ago

Follow doctor orders!

JimK - DCSki Columnist
one month ago

Best wishes for a speedy recovery Denis.  Keep us informed with an occasional update on your status.

one month ago

Stay safe and heal Denis! Your sense of humor in such a tough situation is admirable.

 

one month ago

Hi Denis, i have left hip replacement coming end of July.  Keep us posted. Skiers being active do well.

I have a good team and the recovery is their own wing, we all get tested coviid starting a week out.

I have a prehab program and able to walk 1/2 mile a day. with min pain meds. 

 5mg hydrocodone and 7.5 maloxicam a day. 

I hope to be in hospital 1 day. Like you don’t want to hang around.  

MD covid wise is doing well so far.  

I wish you the best. 

This link is my summary for THA and Skiing - hase sources - you may like to read.

i do a risk analysis for myself, but find interesting science.

covers wear, heat, load.  i found a drunk stumble is high hip load. 

http://skidome.org/ZardozRen/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/THA_Sports_risk.pdf

My prehab is much more then min requirements:  My Goal is 90% + range of motion before end of july.

1/2 mile walk, stairs, Stretch bands and upper body weights. daily. 

Added Vit/min iron and I am Low Vit D so added that. 

this is a link to download my pre and post rehab 

http://skidome.org/ZardozRen/wp-admin/upload.php?item=681

All the best denis 

Ed aka Zardog  

Denis - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

Should anyone need to photobomb a zoom meeting, I have a magnificent bandage on my ssa.  Opportunities like this don’t come along often.  😲

21 days ago

Hi Denis,  question was it anterior or the other method? I hear first 3 days are the hardest ? any comments

How was your ROM and abilty to walk before surg?  I have anterior coming end of July. ROM is now 95%+

I can walk 3/4 mile with min pain med. I just added a TRX suspension at home , my PT guy said it would help pre and post rehab.

I wish you a speedy recovery.  Ed Fowler Zardog 

Bionic I wish they just give reg function parts no add on Bionic.

 

21 days ago

Ed you monkey! You sent the admin url for the upload! It should be something like /wp-content/uploads/2020/?????

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skiracerx wrote:

http://skidome.org/ZardozRen/wp-admin/upload.php?item=681

All the best denis 

Ed aka Zardog  

 

Denis - DCSki Supporter
21 days ago

skiracerx wrote:

Hi Denis,  question was it anterior or the other method? I hear first 3 days are the hardest ? any comments

How was your ROM and abilty to walk before surg?  I have anterior coming end of July. ROM is now 95%+

I can walk 3/4 mile with min pain med. I just added a TRX suspension at home , my PT guy said it would help pre and post rehab.

I wish you a speedy recovery.  Ed Fowler Zardog 

Bionic I wish they just give reg function parts no add on Bionic.

 

Thanks Ed.  Your story parallels mine.  I was bone on bone, walking with poles daily, slowly and painfully, </= 1 mile.  My procedure was a minimal impact posterior.  It’s my surgeons specialty, and I really like what he did for my knees.  So I cast aside all advice from friends about the advantages or disadvantages of approaches.  I wanted this done quickly, before the virus shut down elective surgery.  To my amazement, the surgeon told me just before going to the operating room to forget about all I’ve heard about restrictions of movement immediately post surgery.  ’We have relaxed all the restrictions you’ve heard about.  Just don’t do anything that hurts like hell.’

TMI Alert.

As to the toughest days, mine was the second week, roughly days 7-10.  I’m pretty tough about physical pain, but not intestinal distress.  I can’t sleep, eat, or even think with the latter.  They give you a massive dose of antibiotic with the surgery as protection against bone infection, which is really bad.  It wipes out your gut bacteria, both the good ones and the bad ones and the bad ones come back faster than the good ones.  When you’re still on the heavy opiod pain killers you’ll feel pretty good but they cause massive constipation, which helps aggravate problem #2, above.  I stopped opioids at 6 days and went to as little ibuprofen as needed for reasonable comfort.  My primary care doc doesn’t like NSAIDs, but she is 30 something and doesn’t understand, so I make pragmatic choices cautiously.  It’s been 15 days now and I’m feeling good, gaining strength and ROM every day.

11 days ago

Hi denis - very soon I get one next week.  I appreciate your time to post. And cander to talk about a shittty subject. 

PREHAB doing well added a TRX like suspension system for 20$. ROM at 95%, Strength at 90% +

Started 6/17/2020  Prehab, the nice thing since most of us have some body maintenance 4 weeks things come right back. Add a bit of protein, glutamine, creatine.   15/5/5 grams per day nothign excessive. 

Stretch bands, dumbells and Walking 1/2 mile a day. N omroe then 50 lbs. 

The combo of antibiotics and Opiods mess up the end pipe issue. No need to sugar coat it is a horrible feeling. 

I should get a probiotic ???? did you ??? 

I was recommened Seanna-s  - Not cheap as first choice  not only that generics sold out - 80 cents a pill 1.60 a day

and Merilax for move if if the first choice is not working. 

 

NSAIDS had to stop meloxicam 7.5 every 24 for a week. Works wonders for OA. I Roller painted a living room and the pain in nerve so bad even narcotics would not help. The issue of meloxicam is 40% maybe heart attack. My docs don’t  like me on it. 

I will be on 325 Asprin for 6 weeks no other NSAIDS - only tylonol - I have script for Hydrocodone - 30 mg a day, Surg will prescribe more.

I did have a full 5 years check echocardiogram and from all labs etc, all is good.

MY vItamin D is chronic low and had to preload D3 

added IRON in a multivitamin for added hlep with bone growth 

Fine tuned hyroid med by  weight I lost and kept off 45 lbs. 

That will help the hip.   Funny my implant comes from Draper UTAH

Friend  gave me a free Cold Rush Icee machine- the supply llines failed. 10$ new PVC ,(barb, glue, clamp)

they are much nicer then ICE Gel packs  HOw much did you use ICE and how many days???

I wish you a speedy  painless recovery.  Ed Fowler Aka ZARDOG 

For skiing I may go back to my buttt/hips pads, at leat in the race course. 

http://skidome.org/ZardozRen/hip/

 

 

 

 

 

11 days ago

MY SURG is Anterior specialist and has 15 years.  Brother in law mother in law many other friends too.

 

JimK - DCSki Columnist
11 days ago

Good luck Ed.  Let us know how it goes.  Any number of us could be following in the footsteps of you and Denis someday.

Denis - DCSki Supporter
11 days ago

Probiotic yes.  Yogurt as well.  It’s almost a month now and on a good day I feel I could ski.  As long as there is no snow I don’t have to put up or shut up about that.  Ha!  

7 days ago

Hello all,  the truth pain just surg day and yesterday - maybe 2 out of 10 level lthis am no pain meds for 8 hours 

Sleep wa 2 to 3 hrs then up tehn back to sleep got in 7 hrs 

When I painted the lliving room the cyst presses on the nerve and no narcotics kill that pain. 

I had 2 labral teas which cause the cysts reaction to leaking synovial fluid 

Bone spur and few pieces of bone or fragments. 

Worst issue Hiccups - anesthesia  spinal reaction - Doc can order a med for that. 

I will take it easy 2 weeks and only do the  BOOK 6 exercises and 300 -500 ft of walking per  day with only a cane

1 set up and down stairs 10 to 14 steps.

Wear compression socks a must and shorts will help. 

Proof 4 weeks of prehab ROM 2 weeks and Strength really helps.

Monday They had 20 Orthro surgeries.

If you are in the Baltimore Area. Dr Marc  Hungerford is the Doc. highly rated. Staff all around  may my stay  plesant.

The fornt line is scared of covid in the fall. Bite all you want but just ware  a mask and hand wash and distance.

Not hard to do and it will make a  difference. Do it for Them they have to work. 

Thank you Denis for the tips Probiotics I have a 4 type 11$ for 30 days

Lot of yougurt  :o)

Take care all.

Ed 

 

 

 

 

 

Denis - DCSki Supporter
7 days ago

Keep up the fight.  In a month you’ll be a new man.  2 days past one month and had my post op check yesterday.  X-ray looks good.  Ball and socket bigger than I expected.  Bone is good.  Doc gave me an A+.  Ordered a pair of impact shorts.

Denis

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