My Hip Project - 10/17/06
AHAH! (A Hip Anniversary Hike)
My 9 week
list of exercises - probably stick to these for some time now...
If you really want to hear
the details, you can read my journal. Here's an
excerpt (which also explains why I'm having this at age 36).
9/18/06 – t-minus 1 month… Insurance approval through. Scheduled with local
internist 10/4 and have appointments pre-op in LA. Surgery scheduled for 10/17
at 10:30am. Plan to spend 10/15-10/20 in LA and drive back with Dad. Getting
jittery and wondering (as many do) if it really is time. I keep reminding myself
of the gradual decline, trouble putting on socks, trouble sleeping etc. etc.
[Pain started way back before I can remember – maybe 1990(?), no soccer started
about 2001, no running 2004, no hikes with backpack 2004, no squash 2005, no
golf 2006, no biking 2006, just swimming now] It will be worth it. Hard struggle
with the feeling of mortality that comes with losing an original piece of
equipment that wore out. Starting to look at the rest of my body with more
care/reverence. Thinking about which ‘aids’ I will need post-op – sock helper,
toilet helper, etc. Wondering if I want general or local anesthetic. The mailing
list can sometimes give you too much information to ponder – but in general it
has been a big, big help. (surfacehippy on yahoo groups)
Surgery being done by Dr. Amstutz (
www.jri-oh.com ) – renown in the community and co-developer of the prostheses.
|Walking without cane
||done Week 7 - trusting
it for long periods around the house at Week 9.
|Walking without a limp
||est. Week 10 .. about 1
week behind?? - I did a truly limp-free walk without cane Week 12.
|Tying Shoes and/or putting on sock without
||est. Week 11-12 -
barely tied shoes on left at Week 9 - about same ROM as before.
Barely got sock on using only my hands at the
gym... I must have looked funny on the floor contorted... but I did it and
met my goal at Week 12.
|First off-road hike of >3mi.
||est. Week 11-12 - did
this at 4 months - mainly because I didn't have much time! When I was on my
way back on the hike I was very cheerful.
|First morning where I didn't think of hip
||est. Week 20
|First Golf Game - 18 holes
||est Week 20
|First time I feel like I can get into my 4x4
pickup (with no step) and push the clutch with op. leg
||est Week 20 - already
doing this at Week 9. Good exercise actually.
|First bike ride on the road
|First bike ride on dirt
|First time I can touch my nose to my left
|First backpack hike of >10mi.
pseudo-random list of Hip and Hip Resurfacing Web Sites
Reading List: Metal on Metal
The Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction
Belgium & my BHR Ebook
Resurfacing's Official Web
Site,...........................................Welcome to Asian Regional
Center for Hip
Colortone - Twist - Bean: fashionable canes
Assistive Devices for Independent Living for Seniors, the Handicapped or
Writers' Collective: Burdenko Water Walkers
Hip Surface Replacement
hip muscle: anterior compartment
The Pain Clinic - Joint Pain - Hip
Hip Resurfacing Hip replacement, Hip resurfacing, Knee Surgery, NHS, Private,
THR's,THR, Mr Mark Bloomfield, Minimal Incision Hip Replacement, femoral head,
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, BHR, Knee Replacement, arthroscopy, Runnymede
Hospital Chertsey, Princess Margaret Hospital Windsor, Woking Nuffield
Hospital, Rowley Bristow Orthopaedic Unit, Ashford & St Peter's NHS Trust, Hip
Resurfacing Hip replacement, Hip resurfacing, Knee Surgery, NHS, Private,
THR's,THR, Mr Mark Bloomfield, femoral head, Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, BHR,
Knee Replacement, arthroscopy, Runnymede Hospital Chertsey, Princess Margaret
Hospital Windsor, Woking Nuffield Hospital, Rowley Bristow Orthopaedic Unit,
Ashford & St Peter's NHS Trust, Minimal Incision Hip Replacement
Wright Medical's big femoral head hip – solution for Jimmy Connors
Services of the Orthopedic Clinic Association in Phoenix, Arizona - TOCA
The McMinn Centre
Welcome to South Carolina Joint Replacement Center
"Total Hip Replacement: ActiveJoints.com"
Canadian Orthopaedic Association