Post-Op

 

Exercises recommended following your Birmingham Hip Resurfacing

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McMinn Centre Physio Brian demonstrates the exercises recommended following your Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, Mid Head Resection or Large Headed Total Hip Replacement operation.

*NOTE: These exercises are NOT suitable for patients who have had small headed total.

Thanks to the McMinn Centre and Derek McMinn

 

 

How Fast Will I Recover?

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Everyone Recovers at a Different Rate

As my very good friend Alan Ray always says,
“Remember, this is not a race, you have already won, you are now pain free.”

I believe that as patients we tend to have a selective memory when it comes to reading other patients post op stories. We read the super hero recoveries and secretly believe we will be one of them, remembering ONLY the really phenomenal recoveries. I know I did and was extremely disappointed that I was not out running a marathon at three months post op.

Some of the top Doctors share their typical post op re-hab protocols.

I honestly do believe most of us have selective memory and only choose to remember the superstar recoveries. I think the reality is that the majority of patients do recover on the slower side. Many that believe their recoveries are slower choose not to post, thinking they will discourage others from having the surgery. This is MAJOR surgery; we all seem to forget that. If you ever watched one of the videos of a live surgery, you would realize that a lot of trauma goes on during the procedure. With all that happens, our bodies need time to heal.

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Stretches for Hip Resurfacing Patients Post op

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by Duncan Rinehart

Duncan was resurfaced by Dr. Vijay Bose in May 2008.  He developed these stretches to help him regain balance and fine muscle control.  He completed a sprint triathlon in the U.S. the end of July, just a couple of months after his hip resurfacing and in October he did a 10k in Casablanca in 56 minutes with no problems.

Here are his stretches that Dr. Bose recommended he share with the patient community.

All of the standing stretches (6 out of 7) start in the same position with the body’s weight mostly on the resurfaced hip-leg. These are intended to be weight bearing stretches to increase muscle strength, control and to increase balance. Most of the stretches (5 standing and the one seated) are static – move into them hold at the point of good stretch for 5-10 seconds, then move back, repeat 3-10 times. You will know the one more dynamic stretch by the number of pictures that I send with it. Most of these are basically yoga stretches with a few modifications here and there.

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Level One PT Exercises

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by Greg Booth of Neurosport
(Please check with your surgeon prior to starting any exercise program)

This exercise program is for an individual who has received hip resurfacing surgery.  Many patients who have received this surgery require individualized training and exercise program development. It is the goal of this program to give the patient general information regarding appropriate exercises to do in relation to the number of days since they received their surgery.

The following exercise program is divided into three post-operative phases: Level One, Level Two and Level Three.  These exercises may overlap from one phase to another and a patient might have to go back to the preceding phase if they are experiencing increased pain.  There is a strong emphasis on improving the patient’s coordination and joint function with each exercise.  With this in mind, please do each exercise slowly and stop if you have any unexpected pain in your hip or back. 

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Level Two PT Exercises

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by Greg Booth of Neurosport
(Please check with your surgeon prior to starting any exercise program)

The Level Two exercises are generally for patients who have had their surgery approximately 6 to 8 weeks ago and have been cleared for hip flexion past 90 degrees by their doctor.  These exercises have more of a strengthening and aggressive stretching emphasis; however, increasing function of the hip is still the primary goal.   It would be a good idea to perform some of the mobility exercises in the Level One section before and after attempting these Level Two exercises.  Again, do these exercises slowly and stop if you have any unexpected pain in your hip or low back.

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Evelyne’s Water Exercises from the Villa Cento Passi

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WARNING:  Please ask your doctor PRIOR to getting into any pool following major surgery, most surgeons require that your wound is fully healed.  Listen to your surgeon’s advice.

Evelyne’s advise is to be careful in the pool because it is much easier to exercise in water than on land. Use common sense…if it hurts don’t do it…and again, ALWAYS clear it with your own surgeon first prior to getting into a pool following surgery.

For a waterproof bandage post op, Dr.DeSmet uses Suprasorb F made by Lohmann-Rauscher (a German Co.). Tegaderm by 3M Co. may be a suitable alternative, but check with your surgeon. If you are pre-op, then of course you can still do these exercises and not worry about any wound or bandage.

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The Birmingham Bible

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Everything that You Wanted to Know About Birmingham Hip Resurfacing But Forgot To Ask

The below was written by an Australian patient in 2001, for years this has been around on the web as written by Author Unknown.  I just found out today, June 18, 2005 that the author is also a top Hip Resurfacing surgeon in Australia, David Young.

There is a lot of good info in it, but please keep in mind that everything can vary depending on the doctor you choose.  One thing that really stands out is the number of days in the hospital, what is listed here is true for many overseas hospitals but not so much for U.S. hospitals. Keep in mind that your situation will vary. This is not to replace medical advice, just a guideline written by a fellow patient.

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Glute Activation

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Do you want to improve your performance as a runner, swimmer or endurance athlete? Then let’s talk about our butts. Improved gluteal (butt) muscles can improve athletic power and prevent injury. Read on if you need to be convinced.

First we’ll need to start with some anatomy.
(You can skip this and go straight to the exercises section, but working with hundreds of athletes and clients has taught me that the good ones really do try to understand what’s going on inside their bodies.)

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T.E.D. Stockings Help Treat Deep Vein Thrombosis

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T.E.D. stands for ThromboEmbolic Disease. The stockings were invented to prevent it. Your doctor may have prescribed you T.E.D. stockings to help prevent several serious health risks. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is one such condition. A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot (thrombus), which develops in a deep vein, usually in the leg. This condition can occur if the vein is damaged, or if the flow of blood slows down, or stops completely. DVT can cause pain in the leg, and can lead to complications if it breaks off and travels in the bloodstream to the lungs.
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