Although I benefited from a hip replacement and think it was the right choice for me, the decision to have the surgery is completely yours. The doctor and orthopedist will give you their educated and professional opinion, sometimes vehemently. They are there to help you make the best decision in your health. However, they don’t know where you are in your life, what your insurance will cover (for surgery and related rehabilitation), and if you have the money to pay for what insurance won’t. They don’t know and can’t really answer how the hip replacement surgery will affect your work and personal life. There is much to consider. It is important for you to look at the surgery in light of your life situation, to decide if surgery is best for you, and to decide when the timing is right.
I started this blog to share what I learned regarding hip replacement surgery and to help you question, prepare, and to make your experience the best for you. I will write about topics to help you with your decision, what to do if you don’t decide right away, and how to prepare for hip replacement if you decide to move forward. The process moved quickly for me, and I was surprised many times by things I hadn’t anticipated. You will learn how I coped through my hip replacement journey. I will discuss my mistakes in thought and preparation, and provide you with questions to ask your physician, surgeon, insurance provider, your family, and post-surgical care professionals (nurses and therapists). I want to inform you of the “surprises” I encountered, so you can approach your experience with confidence and without fear.
Finally, this blog will work best with your engagement. I welcome your comments and questions and look forward to hearing from you. Everyone’s hip replacement experience is different and your comments and questions might be very important to someone else. What would you like to know about hip replacement surgery? What information confuses you or concerns you? Let me know what aspects of hip replacement surgery you would like me to write about first. How can I help you in your Hip Replacement Experience?