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2020-07-11 Just how much does a hip weigh, anyway.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Well. last Tuesday I weight in at 184.4
had a total hip replacement Wednesday
Today I weighed in at 194.4
I wonder how much of that weight belongs to that new hip.
I admit that Wednesday, the day of the operation to do a total hip replacement, I slept most of the day, but did amble about a bit with a walker. all I remember eating that day was a a few bits of fish and maybe a teaspoon of squash.. which didn't stay down very log.. seemed like more got rejected tha I had swallowed...
Thursday I slept, a lot, ambled about, and up & down a 4 step staircase... and a bit later came home. I had an english muffin.. and a few wee little pieces of fruit , oh and some cheerios.
Friday. I was up but fell asleep at the drop of a hat,. Ambled about as was necessary. I had a serving of cheerios, a cup of coffee, a small pasta/tuna salad, a grilled hamburger with a bit of cheese on a grilled onion roll. and a small slice of marble pound cake.
Woke up every hour or so during the night (Wed, Thurs, Fri).. usually because I hurt.
The pain could be worse, so I should not complain. but I think I will indulge in a wee bitt of a whine...
They said they were sending me home with 2 ice packs.. but there was only one in the bag..
icing the hip seems to help, at least for a few minutes. maybe it freezes the wee tiny brains of the nerve cells that tell my brain there is an injury that needs attention STAT thus the sensation of pain. So when frozen or very chilled out the nerve cell take a break and cease their constant complaining about the injury in their corner of the world.
Stopped typing for a wee bit.. and fell asleep... some said it is the after effects of the drugs used before and during surgery... But awakening a half dozen or more time during the night probably doesn't help a whole lt either
I have no idea whether this makes any sense.. as my eyes keep falling shut like my eye lashes were heavy weights pulling them clsoed all the time..
I think since it is a tad after 8am and I have been more or less awake since 6am it is time for my early morning nap..
I think I remember the doctor saying that I would be taking 4 or more naps every day for a while..
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  • CATE195
    Thank you for sharing your experience. My Mom who is 89 is having a hip replacement on 7/29. I am anxious for her and for her recovery. The doctor said she would be in the hospital for 3 nights and then she is going home, refuses to go to rehab, and with the virus, I guess that is the best decision. A nurse and PT should be coming to her home each day. My sister will be staying at the house with her and will be there over the weekend, I will have to fill in starting Monday, August 3 while my sister is at work.

    I don't know what to expect. She is in very good health and gets around pretty well in spite of the pain. Ten years ago she had a knee replacement and sailed through the recovery.

    Very interesting about the ten pounds. I suppose a metal hip is heavier than bone.
    24 days ago
    I too have problems with anesthesia. In fact, I fear that more then the surgeries I have had.
    It never occurred to me that a hip replacement would add weight. I had to look that up.

    The parts weigh about 3 to 5 pounds. The bone removed during hip replacement weighs a little less. So, you may gain a few pounds of body weight as a result of hip replacement surgery.
    Very interesting, but not welcomed I guess. Hope you are doing better. emoticon

    29 days ago
    Do the PT and get lots of rest. Feel better soon, but it takes time. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    30 days ago
    emoticon Praying you bounce back quickly and safely.
    30 days ago
    I think I remember that I weighed a bit more after my hip replacement, too. Both of mine are artificial now - one will be 8 years old on Thursday and the other is 4 months shy of it's 3rd birthday. Did they do yours from the groin or from the back side. I didn't sleep well for weeks but the only pain was from the incision. Do your physical therapy!!! I am forever grateful for my hip replacements that gave me back a normal, active life! emoticon
    30 days ago
    Oh for sure, the anesthesia takes a good while to work out of your system, so you will be tired. As for the weight, well, they pump lots of IV fluids in, and that causes weight gain. You will loose it over time.

    HOPE you're feeling better. If you have frozen peas, they're the best. The bag 'o' peas conforms to the area you apply it to!

    HUGS and hope you're feeling better.
    31 days ago
    I’m sure it’s the hip!

    If you have frozen vegetables in the freezer, they work as good ice packs. Probably put it in a ziplock bag.

    Get lots of sleep. Did they give you painkillers?

    31 days ago
    emoticon go steady and slow! Don't worry about that 10 pounds, it's mostly water retention after the surgery (they give you extra fluid and you retain from the sleepy drugs). emoticon
    31 days ago
    The more you sleep the better is my philosophy after surgery. Listen to your body and do your therapy is what my friends say after that surgery. ((HUGS))
    31 days ago
    emoticon I hope you are feeling better now. emoticon
    31 days ago
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