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Re: Thinking about it? SCARED!!!!!!!!

From: kls
Date: 04 Nov 2000
Time: 21:32:20
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Hi Rich, I also had legg perthes. I am now 48 and 4-1/2 post op right THR. I also was terrified ,I imagine most of us are/were who are reading and posting on this page. It is a very normal reaction to the unknown. So, I decided to do extensive reseach before I underwent the surgery. I found the most reputable Dr. and Hospital after I had 2-3 opinions. The surgery itself is not so bad, yes there are restrictions,but with any major surgery you will have restricitons,even having a baby. So please relax and try not to worry so much.Remember 80 yr old people have this surgery everyday. I had 1/2 day of classes before my surgery for me and my family. They showed us how to use the bathroom,shower,pick-up things and get in and out of car. My restrictions were lifted after 6 wks. and I went back to work part-time for 2 wks. Although my job does not require any real physical labor I still showered,dressed and drove up to 30 miles per day getting in and out of the car. I was tired at the end of the day, but it felt great to get back into the swing of life. At 8 wks I did all my own cleaning,laundry,stairs,ironing,groceries etc... If I had to do all over agin I would have worked out and strengthed my legs and upper body before surgery.This of course would help a faster recuperation. I did not need a blood transfusion, my Dr, used a circulator(?) Also he used the marcane pack attached to my hip it supplied me with a anthestic and therefore no pain or pain was wonderful.They mainly use this on knee patients, but it works on the hip also. Check into it.. Rich, I must say I entered the hospital with more pain then leaving. I used my walker for 2 wks,then a 4 prong for 2 wks then a cane for 2 wks. after 6 wks I was walking wo/assistance. I did take my cane along in the car for those not so good days. I hoep I have helped in some small way. Everyone's recuperation is different I am sure yours will be fine you have youth on your side....just remember to find the best Dr, and hosptial..Do your homework and things will be fine....keep us posted take care....

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