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Countdown to a Total Hip Replacement (Continued and Update)

Damaged Ball of the Femur from an auto accident

Damaged Ball of the Femur from an auto accident

A total hip replacement as it happened

8/6/2012 Here I am at the hospital; it is 5:30 am.

My husband and I were waiting for the doctor and the anesthesiologist. Then suddenly things are moving faster than anticipated.

Dr. Heerwagen asked me if I am ready. I said yes, as the nurse is putting thigh high TEDs (stockings to prevent blood clots) on me; the anesthesiologist is asking if I am allergic to any medications as he is inserting the IV. I said, "I need a drink of water", he said I just gave you one, in your IV. That was the last thing I remember before surgery.

Medical Animation

Total Hip Replacement Surgery

I don't remember being in the recovery room

Hubby asked, “Do you know where you are?” I answered, in recovery? No, you are out of recovery and in a regular room. Oh…and then I was out of it again. I awoke with a handle in my hand and a button on it and, the nurse told me “when you feel pain push the button.”

I was in pain at that moment and, my first thought was, “Dear God, have I done the right thing?” Then it was as if God answered my question, this is not the excruciating pain I walked in here with. And, I pressed the button on the handle; I heard or imagined five beeps and almost instantly, I was out again.

I am sorry I am so boring

When I woke, my son was there working and, I must have moaned, and he grimaced. My granddaughter and her husband, and my husband were there also, I remember saying, I am sorry, I am so boring.

Then the lunch tray was brought in, or maybe it was the dinner tray. I am sure the food was wonderful, but the smell made me nauseated, and I was given medicine for it. But, had to use the bags that to vomit. This must happen to lots of people because there were lots of bags to vomit in lying beside me.

The anti-nausea medication must have worked because I no longer felt sick, but I was to tired to eat, and they took the tray away, I vaguely remember.

I would need help getting in and out of bed

My legs were strapped to a wedge to keep me from putting them together, and I could not move. The nurse came in and unfastened the straps from my legs and removed the wedge.

Then the afternoon of the operation, my son’s girlfriend, who is also Dr. Heerwagen’s therapist, told me the doctor wants you sitting up. I said okay, and grabbed onto the trapeze over the bed. I thought it would be a piece of cake.

But it was not a piece of cake. I attempted to move my left leg, my mind said move but, it would not move. Snow, the therapist had to help and, I sat on the side of the bed for about 15 minutes

Moved to a rehab hospital

The next couple of days were a blur, of trying to walk and move around as much as possible.

8/9/2012 I was told that I would be transferred to a rehab hospital. I think my son had something to do with that decision, he must have felt that my husband, who was still recovering from surgery at the end of May, was not up to helping me as much as I would need and, he seemed relieved that I would get better care at rehab.

At the rehab hospital, finally they listened to my complaints about the blisters around my leg, caused by the TED hose (thigh high stockings to prevent blood clots,) and they were bandaged.


8/10/2012 I could manage to get out of bed and go to bathroom by myself, but they frowned on that, they were afraid I would fall and pop the hip out.

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I was strapped into compression stocking that would fill with air and then release and I had to ring for the nurse when I needed to use the bathroom.

I was given a laxative, stool softener and blood thinner.

The medication was working just fine and I rang for the nurse and after 10 minutes, when no one came, I sat up in bed unhooked the stockings from the machine slid my legs over the side of the bed and slid onto the floor, the walker which was usually close enough for me to reach it, was across the room. I stood there for what seemed like an hour and when no one came, I walked over to the walker and got into the bathroom just in time.

When I finished, I had a hard time getting up off the toilet, so I rang by pulling the cord, and everybody came running. From then on, they were in the room within minutes.

We had breakfast at 8am and, from 9am to 10:30 we had physical therapy; lunch at 12:00pm, and occupational therapy from 1pm to 2:30pm; we had dinner at 5pm.

There is no place like home

8/15/2012, I was sent home, and had home therapy, and a home health care nurse.

Snow, my son's girlfriend was my home therapist. When I told her I wanted to lay on my side, she showed me how to do it.

8/20/212, Dr. Heerwagen’s nurse removed my staples (21), which I thought would hurt, but did not hurt at all. And by the end of the week, I graduated from the walker to a cane.

8/31/2012, I started outpatient therapy, my therapist is Mindy, who is very sweet, and with the exercises she had me do, I felt so much better.

9/5/2012, Tony was my therapist; Mindy was busy with someone else. Tony was a little more aggressive, and I needed an ice pack at the end of the session. But, it is moving along and I feel that it will not be long until I can stop the cane.

I thank God for surgeons like Dr. Heerwagen.

Post Hip Precautions

Physical therapists Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck present the common precautions one should follow after having a total hip replacement.

Going home after a hip replacement

I think it will not be long till I can return the cane.

9/10/2012 - Tomorrow I will meet with my friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe, I am returning the equipment loaned to me by my friend Sarah.

9/12 and 9/14 I have outpatient therapy.

9/17 I have six week appointment with Dr. Heerwagen.

And hopefully I will be back to normal, without the terrible pain.

Me and my grandson Zane

Me and my grandson Zane

A Dinner Invitation

Today my son Walter and his girlfriend Snow had dinner for our friends Sarah, Patricia and me.

Sarah had hip surgery about three or four weeks before I did. And I just found out that Patricia will have her hip replacement soon.


Do you see the ghost that got between Sarah and the camera 7/31/2013

Do you see the ghost that got between Sarah and the camera 7/31/2013


Patricia will have her hip surgery soon.

Patricia will have her hip surgery soon.


Snow is recovering nicely!

Snow is recovering nicely!

My son Walter - has had more surgeries than all of us put together - No more surgeries please!

My son Walter - has had more surgeries than all of us put together - No more surgeries please!

Exercises someone with a hip replacement might want to try.

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    Heidi, clinic director for ATI Physical Therapy at Norridge IL, demonstrates 4 exercises to help you get back to your normal routine after having a total hip...

© 2012 Shyron E Shenko


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 13, 2016:

Alicia, thank you for the comment, I do hope this helps lots of people. My replacement is like it never happened except there is no pain anymore and I can do more than I could before.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 11, 2016:

I'm sure this hub has been very useful for anyone else who has undergone a hip replacement and that it will continue to be helpful for people in the future. Thanks for sharing your experiences, Shyron. I hope your new hip is doing well.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 11, 2016:

Back to share this excellent update. Hope everyone's surgery and aftermath go as well as yours has and that this article will help remove any anxieties they may have. I think it is fantastic how you have shared your experience with everyone so that people will have a better understanding of what to expect with this procedure.

Hope all is well with you guys. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 31, 2016:

Gale, I hope you are as pleased with your surgery and I am with mine.

Blessings and Hugs.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 23, 2014:

Thank you Au fait, my dear friend for the comments, votes, pin and for sharing. I am so fortunate to live in today's tech-savvy world where joints can be replaced and work so well. I am well pleased with my hip replacement)

I hope that you week has been going well for you. TTYL

Blessing and Hugs


C E Clark from North Texas on May 19, 2014:

Wanted to revisit this article since I reviewed your first one recently. These articles should be such a help to people who are going to be going through this and wondering what to expect!

Voted up, AUI, and pinned to AH. Also, shared. Hope your week is going well . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on October 23, 2013:

Thank you Au fait for the share and up-votes. I really appreciate you and most of all your friendship.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 22, 2013:

Thought I would share this with my followers so that they would know there is already a sequel to your first hub on this subject. Voting up and useful/awesome again, too.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 29, 2013:

Thank you again Rose, I really appreciate your reading and commenting, your up-votes and well wishes.

And thank you for the compliment on my images.

In the video the first sceene is like my husband, he was intending to make a video of me driving the Golf Cart he fixed up, and all you could see was half of his glasses and one beautiful blue eye. I have not laughed so hard in ages.

Again, thank you -Shyron

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on August 28, 2013:

After reading Part 1 of your story, I am so glad to see that everything went well. I wish you continued good health. By the way, I love all the great images you posted. (Voted Up) -Rose

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 04, 2013:

TIMETRAVELER2, I just realized that I missed your comment from 10 months ago.

Please forgive me for not acknowledging your comment, I do appreciate each and every one.

Shyron - yes to dance.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 03, 2013:

Jaye, (JayeWisdom) thank you for the comments and complements and for reading and the up-votes. I am pleased also with the results. It does help to have good therapy and I could not have been in better hands.

I will relay the message to my friends, Sarah is doing quite well with her hip and back surgeries, and I am sure that Patricia will do well also.

Thank you again, you are very much appreciated.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 03, 2013:

Aunt Jimi, thank you for the complement and the comment, I do appreciate you my dear friend.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on August 03, 2013:

Shyron...I like the way you used dates and a diary format to chronicle your hip replacement surgery and recovery. I'm so glad it was successful and eliminated your pain. An excellent surgeon is key to good results, plus physical therapy is a requisite with any joint replacement. I hope all your friends fared as well.

Voted Up++


Aunt Jimi from The reddest of the Red states! on August 03, 2013:

Great photos! You don't look a day over 50 standing next to your grandson and 50 is young. It's the new 30. See? Living a clean and good life keeps a person looking young just as well as all that surgery they do to accomplish the same thing.

Very good videos on here. Going to share.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 08, 2013:

You are welcome and thank you Sunshine, for your comment. I am sure your husband will be fine, and it sounds like he will be well taken care of. I know several people who have had knee replacements and I don't even see a limp. which to me is amazing.

The hardest part for me was getting out of bed and the hip precautions.

Tell your husband I wish him well.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 08, 2013:

Thanks for sharing your hip replacement journey! My husband is about to have knee replacement surgery and we could relate to much of your story. We just went to the orthopedic seminar last week and I tell you, it sounds like a 3 day boot camp! Oh my!

A good friend of mine is Head of the Orthopedic Dept. so I have someone to complain to, if need be. Anyway I hope you continue to be pain free!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 29, 2012:

Thank you Au fait, I need to add that each day is an improvement, and then one day (my one day came two days ago), I felt as if it were a distant dream and never really happened, except that I have the scar, albeit beautiful.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 27, 2012:

This is such a great hub. Writing about what and how things happened to you every step of the way. I think it would be an excellent read for people expecting to go through this surgery in the near future and for their loved ones too, so they will have a better idea of what to expect from someone who's been there and done that.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 10, 2012:

Thank you Au fait, I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment on my hub, as always.

Timetraveler2, Thank you for your comment, I hope you are doing well, and I will save a dance just for you. I hope your next surgery goes better than the others.

Sondra Rochelle from USA on September 10, 2012:

I have had THREE hip replacements and can tell you that some of what you went through was totally different than what I went through. However, I learned quickly that I needed to request anti nausea meds for my anesthesia and stomach protecting meds for home's the meds that made you sick in the first place. I have already been told I will need number 4 at some future date, but I'll deal with that when it happens. In the meantime, I have my life back, walk well and without a limp and am grateful I was able to have this operation. Best of luck to you and I'll see you out on the dance floor!

C E Clark from North Texas on September 10, 2012:

This should be such a great read for anyone about to go through this surgery. There is nothing like knowing what someone else's experience was like, especially if it was pretty common so that a person can expect their own to be similar.

Voted up and awesome and will share.

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