1 year surgery anniversary!

Today is New Years Eve and also the day when I had my ski accident, broke my hip and had to have emergency surgery last year, December 31. 2017. (If you want to read about it, go to blog post “A new years to remember”.)

So from now on, this day has a whole new meaning to me.

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I will summarize what “one year in my life after a subcapital hip fracture” was like. It was  NOT  fun and I hope to never, ever have to go through this again.

 

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This is how my pins looked back then and still do. They are still in my hip and staying in.

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Here is the timeline:

  • Accident and emergency surgery on the same day, just hours apart.
  • 3 day hospital stay
  • Crutches and 6 weeks toe touching (= 10 % of weight bearing on operated leg)
  • PT started 2x/ a week at PO week 6; 1.5 hours each time.
  • After PO week 6 I added  V-E-R-Y  gently a tiny bit of body weight, week by week.
  • Full time on crutches – 14 weeks
  • At PO week 14 I started weaning off crutches, took me another 6 weeks. Total time on crutches – 20 weeks = 5 months.
  • I believe it was around PO month 4 that I was allowed to drive again.
  • Went to PT for 5 months, 2x/ a week and continued at home every day after; in the beginning up to 4 hours daily, then 3 hours, 2 hours, now I am at 1 hour.

 

Total cost of everything, hospital/ surgery/ meds/ PT etc. – a sweet $ 50.000!

 

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My  PT  was a nice guy and tried his best but since this is not a common injury for a 44 year old  AT ALL,  I was his first ever “young adult – hip pinning patient” and a bit of his personal guinea pig, to see which exercises work and which don’t.

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I am now 1 year after my accident/ surgery and the advice I would tell others is this:

  • make research about this injury and recovery, read as much as you can about it and brush up on hip anatomy.
  • CRUCIAL: stay on crutches as long as you are told!!! This injury is not a joke and it takes time to heal. You can not rush it. Your body will take the time it needs.

 

  • Take your pain meds. I chose not to take them at home, it was a personal choice and the pain was brutal. Now I know, it would have been easier if I would have taken them.
  • Add weight to your operated leg gently and carefully.

 

  • Do your PT exercises daily and as told but at the same time, “listen to your body”. If it hurts, back up. Be ready for a tough few months, working really hard at PT!
  • Keep up with your exercises even after official  PT  is done. PT helps you get started, it’s up to you to keep up the maintenance.

 

  • Don’t go for “too much/ too soon”.
  • Be patient. It all is very time consuming and will take a long time.

 

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  • Don’t compare yourself with others. Every patient is different, starting at the age, fitness level, what kind of fracture and surgery they had; different orthopedic surgeons and PT’s have different philosophies and everybody heals at a different pace. There really are not two patients alike.
  • And last – try to stay positive despite everything. Unnecessary negativity will not only make the whole experience more miserable as it is already for you and others, it uses up energy that you could be using otherwise. So, focus and be patient.

 

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I really did not see this whole circus coming and could have nicely skipped the experience but one takes it step by step. With a little luck, everything will fall into place eventually and hopefully better things are around the corner.

For the new year I wish for no major health problems. A year without an accident and no hip surgery for a change; I don’t want to see a PT office from the inside or be a regular at my OS office. Not too much to ask, is it?

 

 

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7 thoughts on “1 year surgery anniversary!

  1. Thank you for this. Very glad to read your story (very sorry you had to go through this torrid time though). It’s hard to find information for young adults with this type of injury (I’m 40). I have an inner trochanter stress fracture of the femoral neck. I had DHS two weeks ago. I’m only beginning to get educated on the different types of fractures, it’s a whole new world to me. I’m glad to find your blog this morning & best of luck on your future recovery 😊

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    1. You are very welcome and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

      I completely understand what you mean. Hip fractures are relatively rare in young adults and when I had mine, I hardly found anything about it.
      Hips are very complex and quite interesting but of course it’s tough, if you need to learn because of an injury.
      May I ask how it happened?

      The advice I would give you is, make as much research about your injury/ surgery/ recovery as you can. It’s easier to deal with if you understand it.
      Listen to instructions, stay on crutches, if you are, as long as you need to. They are there to help you, not to annoy you.
      Do your PT and be patient. Hip injuries suck but you need to heal them properly, so don’t rush
      it.

      I wish you a good recovery. Get a good diet and enough rest.

      You can contact me any time over my contact option.

      XOX

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      1. Thank you so much for the helpful reply. Mine actually happened from running. I upped my mileage from a regular 5 k runner to half marathon in 10 weeks so I’m thinking the stress of that caused it. That and probably a few other causal factors. I have a gait issue on my right side and this was in the process of being strengthened by my PT but perhaps a bit too late getting a gait analysis as the pain started pretty quickly after. I was asked if I had a fall but I didn’t. I guess there are more investigations needed so I’m just going to work with the medical team to see what they come up with. I’ve been reading back on your blogs. It’s very helpful to read from personal experience rather than an outdated medical journal article!

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      2. I just read your blog post.

        DHS is not fun either. I remember nights to be the most painful stage in the beginning. I hope you can rest somewhat.

        Runners often get stress fractures unfortunately. I am sorry it happened to you.

        One more thing I forgot to mention – never give up your good attitude.
        It is so important to be positive. Negativity will drag you down.
        You will get through this. The beginning sucks but you are coming out of this as a stronger person. ❤️

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      3. One more thing… the recovery for a hip fracture takes longer than you think, with weaning off crutches, learning to walk again, getting strength back etc.
        Don’t look at it in its whole length but rather one day at a time.
        The beginning is rough but it does get better. Never loose sight of the goal. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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