Joe, are you having the 'Anterior Method' or do you have to go the 'old style'?I don't know but I'm going to email the doctors office after this next couple of posts I make. I have to do it your way because that sounds way better.
If you are that lucky, then you are in for a smooth recovery. If you can do the 'Anterior', please elect to do so. Mine is almost 4 years old now, and the only mistake I made was WAITING for 5 years to do it!!!!! Both of us must have been silly or something to wait
I thought I'd be crippled up......unable to lift heavy objects, etc, but that is all a bunch of crap.That is where the sillyness comes in because that is what I was thinking.
You walk the same day as your surgery (with assistance) and your back painWhich really stinks like all hell
(transference) is GONE! I was blown away with the fact the pain STOPPED IMMEDIATELYI can't wait because this last year has been a killer
after the surgery. Because no muscles are cut to do the procedure, your recovery requires no physical therapy...you drive after two weeks......and you can even get back on the forum to pass your time. Sure, you will be slowed up....and get a cool 6" scar, but you will be better than new in short order. There are no restrictions, but it is suggested to limit jumping off walls, trucks, skydiving, etc.Thats ok for now.
The socket can wear slightly over time, but 20 years is damned good for a pain free replacement of a painful life you have now. They don't give you any drugs to go home with...just Aleve or something like it. i know you are suffering the 'tears down the cheeks' pain right nowYes it's like an ice pick stab into my hip way to many times per day & night
, but soon you will be a new man. I'll bet you will stand straighter, walk more upright, and smile more often, too!I'm looking forward to it.
If you are NOT having the 'anterior method' because your hospital doesn't do, PM me and I'll convince you and/or get you another opinion. You will get the 'Arnie' feeling when you get xrayed at the airport...titanium does NOT look like bone mass. You will be surprised to see how many men and women have replacement parts when you next fly......
Good luck....and the sooner you get it done, the sooner you will be pain-free!