Deborah Johansen
  • 62, Female
  • Portland, OR
  • United States

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When was your hip replacement
coming up on April 23rd
What procedure did you have?
Makoplasty
Are you ceramic, metal or ____?
both
What are you most proud of?
not proud of anything, just happy to know there is relief in the future! I have questions for others that have gone through the surgery....recovery type questions.

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Showering after surgery

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 3:48pm 6 Comments

Hi....my left hip will be replaced in 2 weeks....while in the shower this morning I realized how difficult it is to wash and dry my feet, but I can do it through the pain.  It made me wonder just how in the world I can do that right after surgery if I cannot bend over?   What tips do others have for washing/showering after surgery?

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At 7:52pm on July 24, 2013, Sharon Johnson said…
Just wondering how you are doing after your hip replacement. Hope you are doing well!
At 7:33am on April 18, 2013, Sharon Johnson said…
The group of surgeons that perform the anterior approach hip replacement here in Minneapolis do not feel that blood thinners are necessary after that type of surgery. I had heard so many good things (all true) about that surgery so in spite of questioning no blood thinners I went ahead with that surgeon. Unfortunately I spoiled his statistics (the surgeon's own words) by getting a huge DVT in my whole left leg. (Which is still partially present.) Of course in spite of the hip replacement being great - no muscle pain at all - I was then faced with dealing with a blood clot. I am still on Coumadin after a year. That is why I changed doctors and was monitored by a clot specialist for my 2nd surgery. Long explanation, but just wanted you to know the risks of not taking a blood thinner after surgery. I gave myself the Lovanox injections before this surgery and its very easy so don't worry about it. It is well worth it. I know clots aren't commen in hip replacements but it can happen and that is worse than the inconvenience of being monitored with a blood thinner after surgery!! Hope this helps -I wish I had done more research before my first surgery but hindsight is always 20-20!!
 
 
 

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