Saturday is the one-year anniversary of my “Super Path Hip Replacement”
this is my attempt at humor…..
Simply put, there are no restrictions, no muscles or tendons cut. For more information, here is a link…..http://www.stlortho.com/superpath-hip-replacement.html
People tell me that I was “too young” to have joint replacement, my standard reply has been “I am too young NOT to have joint replacement.” I was unable to walk without a limp, in severe pain and bone on bone for over four years.
Would I do it again? Yes. My left hip has issues, but now all the pressure is off of it. I still have a while to go before it needs replaced. My posture has improved and I walk 8,000-10,000 steps a day. We hike, ride bikes, climb stairs, jeep without pain. I can actually sleep now.
Sometimes I forget I had a joint replacement. While in the dentist chair a couple of months ago, I casually mentioned it to my hygienist. She quickly backed away from me. I had not remembered the need for antibiotics before a dental cleaning. I literally forgot I had a new hip.
What has been the hardest part? Simply the muscle soreness. Since there are were no muscles cut, exercising those muscles has left soreness. I used magnesium lotion and constant stretching exercises which have finally helped. My poor body had been compensating so long..so it took a while to get back to “normal”.
At six months it still often felt like I was sitting on an orange. I was told at a year it would feel much more like my own and I can now see a huge difference.
A short fainting spell the day after I came home was the only complication. I always follow directions and took the meds every four hours, which obviously my body could not tolerate. My sweet husband kept me from falling, and to hear him tell it I am in debt to him forever and a day!
This is not for everyone. I know from first hand experience that you can only have the replacement when you are actually ready. The doctor told me that I “would know when it was time” and indeed I did know. Once I made up my mind and prayed about it, there was never a doubt! The knowledge that God gives doctors and the peace I had was amazing and I am so thankful! The Father used it to confirm so many truths in my life, ones I will never forget.
*Note…my mother has two Super Paths and after 8 years/2.5 years doing great!
~Be Encouraged Today~