Total Hip Replacement: Bill’s Story
BILL: I’m Bill Adams, I’m 65 years old, and in October of 2015 I had a total hip replacement at Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics. Prior to having a hip replacement, I probably had 6-8 months’ worth of pain by doing something as simple as walking. I enjoy mowing my own lawn, and I couldn’t even do that all the way through without stopping three or four times just to rest to alleviate the pain.
BILL: Before going to Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics, I saw another doctor and was taking anti-inflammatory drugs on a regular basis. I also had a series of anti-inflammatory injections in my hip and my back. While those provided a small amount of relief, it never lasted. So that’s what led me to go to Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics.
When I first met him in clinic, he had already undergone attempts at conservative treatment with injections in his hip, as well as anti-inflammatories and changes in his activities. Unfortunately, none of these were providing him with the relief he hoped for and we determined that the best course of action would be hip replacement.
BILL: After my hip replacement, I stayed home from work for about a week, after which I went back to work. I work primarily at a desk, so it wasn’t real difficult, but I was able to get in and out of my car and drive and get around just fine.
I had physical therapy for about two months. I was able to get out and walk around, I was able to cut my grass again without a problem, and my hip just continued to get stronger as the months went on.
DR. WINGERTER: Every patient’s recovery from hip replacement is different. Some patients have motivation to return to work or activities extremely quickly, while others take a little bit longer. We allow patients to increase their activities as tolerated – and we do expect a quick recovery – but the timeframe will vary.
BILL: Today, here we are 2+ years later, and I feel great. I can walk around just fine. I can run if I wanted to. I think my hip is pretty much bulletproof right now.