The pain felt excruciating. It felt like broken glass inside my hip and was constant when I was either walking or sitting down. The pain affected my life, right down to dressing myself, going to work, doing things that I enjoy. I couldn't food shop, I couldn't put my sneakers on, I couldn't put my socks on, the pain was constant. The pain affected my relationships, the fact that I wasn't able to go out and do the things that I enjoyed with my family and my friends.
The particular moment I decided to get my hip fixed was when I felt too young to be so… handicapped. After I had the operation, I still expected pain, but I was pleasantly surprised that the first day my surgeon came in and he pushed on my foot, and I didn't feel any arthritis pain. That was when I realized my hip pain was actually gone. I walked up a flight of stairs on the third day of my recovery.
I owe my whole future to my surgeon, and if I didn't marry my husband I probably would have married my surgeon… truly. I would tell someone contemplating having hip surgery… don't waste any time, do it as soon as possible, because those are weeks, months or years that will go by wasted.
I actually feel blessed. After the operation, I got married one year later, and I walked down the aisle and danced at my wedding. I'm so glad there are people out there who have the capability to make such a great product.
Each patient will experience a different post-operative activity level, depending on their own individual clinical factors. Your doctor will help counsel you about how to best maintain your activities in order to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device. Such strategies include not engaging in high-impact activities, such as running, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.