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Re: Start of a Journey

From: Kate in Montreal
Date: 02 Apr 2000
Time: 13:47:30
Remote Name: 198.168.182.97

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Hi Maggie,

I am 50 and had my THR Feb. 17/00. I used to do all winter sports, biking, aerobics (thankfully I never jogged or played tennis) but the pain in my hip made even walking more than 2 or 3 city blocks unbearable.

When my surgeon saw my Xrays (a congenital hip problem caused deterioration) he said I should have it done immediately and to wait any longer would only mean a very poor quality of life.

I suggest that as soon as you lose those 20 lbs you get yourself a surgery date!! You have certainly been doing all the right things (PT and exercising) which will really help with your post-op recovery!! You are so lucky that you can still ride an exercise bike!

If it is any encouragement - I saw my Dr. for my 6 week post-op this past Friday and he says I healed very well (I had cementless THR and had to be on crutches for 6 weeks) and that I can now move on to next phase of PT to get me walking again. I really can't wait to see my physiotherapist on Monday and give her the good news!!!

I have noticed a few mentions on this site about a small incision procedure that offers a quicker recovery period. Since you have the time, perhaps you should inquire if any surgeons in your area perform this type of operation. I don't think anyone in Montreal does this yet.

Please don't hesitate to email me (katemagoo@hotmail.com) if you have any other questions.

Good luck with your choices!!!

Kate in Montreal

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