Just wondering if you can cross your leg/s and or tie your shoe/s after you have a hip replacement surgery. If so, about how long after? How long are you also in misery and pain? Is a hip replacement that bad of a procedure? Thanks
I’ve had both hips replaced. I couldn’t cross my legs BEFORE I had the surgery and tying shoes was enough of a problem that I wore slip-ons for a year before surgery.
It took awhile for me to be able to tie shoes – several months. In the meantime, I used a couple of the handy gadgets that I was given that helped me put on and remove sox & shoes. Although I had my surgeries 7 years ago, I still am not comfortable crossing my legs and probably never will be although I can and do do it for short periods. It isn’t painful – it just doesn’t feel right. And I can’t sit "indian" style any more.
I was in misery & pain BEFORE I had the surgery, not after. Any post-op pain was treated aggressively and by the time I went home I needed very little pain meds – used mostly Tylenol.
Hip replacement is major surgery and while it isn’t a walk in the park, it is definitely worth it for people whose only other alternative is a life of pain and misery – probably ending up in a wheelchair-bound existence. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I couldn’t walk without a cane before I had the replacements. Now I can walk miles, have no limp, no pain, take no pain meds, and need no cane. I consider it a sort of miracle surgery and definitely worth the effort and work required to rehab from the surgery.