I wish I had hip replacement surgery two or three years ago
For two or three years I was in enough pain that I stopped doing a lot of my daily activities and found excuses to stop doing most anything that involved walking any distance. I had enough pain in my hip that it wasn’t worth aggravating it anymore by doing anything more than the bare minimum to get by at work and at home. I had a constant limp and everywhere I went, people asked me if I got hurt. Finally, I had enough of the pain and decided to go to the doctor and see if they could reduce the pain.
To make a long story short, on June 5, 2019 I had total hip replacement on my right hip done by Dr. David Christ at Bronson Methodist Hospital. I had no preconceived notions that I would ever be right again, just that I would hopefully be better than I was and hopefully in less pain.
Within two weeks of my surgery, I switched from using a walker to a cane. Another 10 days later my biggest problem was that I kept losing my cane as I didn’t need it the majority of the time. Just three and a half weeks after surgery, my pain was half of what it was before surgery.
As I write this, I am 4 months past surgery and I do whatever I want whenever I want and I rarely have any pain unless I do way too much. I have not taken so much as a Motrin or a Tylenol in two weeks. The month before this I would find myself taking something for pain each morning as this is “what I always did”. I am sure I could have stopped with the over the counter meds weeks before I did.
I never dreamed that this surgery could have went this well. I never dreamed that I could walk without a limp again. I never dreamed that I could be pain free and I never dreamed that I could be completely active again. Was there pain with the surgery? Yes. Was it bad? Not compared to the way I had been living for years leading up to the surgery.
Dr. Christ and Heather VanSchoick – PA-C are both incredible to work with as are all the staff at their office in Bronson. Like many others, the only thing I would have done differently is I wish I had done this two or three years ago.