Having surgery on your hip is quite brutal, and particularly when it’s a full replacement. I haven’t had this done, but I did experience a lot of what it’s all about with a close personal friend.
He agonized for months with a hip joint that was completely worn out. For one reason or another, he would put off the operation and limp around in pain. Then the day came when he could no longer function anywhere near normal, and he scheduled the op.
He recounted to me, what the surgeon’s reply was, when asked how the procedure is actually done. I nearly fell over backwards! It’s no wonder that the hip is so sore after an operation like that. I won’t go into the nitty gritty details. Suffice it to say – the leg/hip will never be put into that position at any time other than being under full anesthesia!
My friend opted not to use a hip brace stabilizer during his recovery/ rehab period, and chose to use only a cane in its place. A big mistake in my opinion.
How Can a Hip Brace Help?
The hip is part of our foundation and bears a lot of pressure from the weight of the upper body. Simple tasks that can be often taken for granted, like walking and sitting, become an exercise in pain management after hip replacement surgery.
As you can imagine (or know firsthand) that a replaced joint will be very unstable and sore until it fully integrates itself into the body tissues, and can function as a normal joint again – and this is especially true of the hip.
After surgery, you will want to give the hip all the support it needs. A specifically designed hip brace stabilizer, will provide gentle pressure on the femur head to hold in place within the acetabulum socket. It will also limit the range of motion so that you don’t accidently over-extend the joint beyond its current (and temporary) limitations.
A brace like this will also ease the pain and discomfort of hip, by giving stability and a more secure feeling. You won’t feel as though you’re in danger of “popping” the joint out of place (even though the docs say it won’t happen – the thought is still there).
Using only a cane as my friend did, put his hip in serious danger of damage – it was totally unprotected in its vulnerable state.
Since movement is limited, the new joint parts are held together, and on a whole there is stability provided, the recovery and healing time will be reduced ….. the best news of all!
What is Your Circumstance?
I would be interested to hear your story – what brought you to this page? If you would care to share, you could very well help someone else who is in your same position. Sharing thoughts/ideas/ suggestions is a great tool for learning.
If you have, or will be facing, hip surgery, I truly wish a speedy recovery for you and that you have found some help by reading this information.
All the best,