Hip Home

My second (right) total hip replacement (THR) was done April 2, 2013.

Here you will find a first-hand account of the whole process from the patient’s viewpoint. I was awake and aware during the operation and I remember everything, at least as well as a 72 year-old brain can remember things. To assist with my memory I have an audio recording and a video.

The site is structured as a conventional web site with separate pages describing different parts of the process in detail. As of April 25, 2013, most of those pages are done. The big ones are The Big Day and The Operation. I am still working on a few post-op pages. You can navigate to these pages from the menu above.

Also included is a Blog. On this blog, I include shorter descriptions of parts of the process and also announcements of pages when they are completed. The blog is ordered with the most recent entry first, as most blogs are.

If you are considering a hip replacement yourself, I hope you will find information here that you might not have discovered elsewhere. Please don’t let the description of the actual operation discourage you. I am an engineer so I am interested in that kind of thing. You will in all likelihood not remember a thing of your operation. Maybe my descriptions can explain some of the pain you will encounter after the surgery.

If you are here for some other reason, I hope my information will satisfy your need.

You may want to view the web site I put together for my first hip replacement in 2004. It is a little dated now, since there have been many improvements since then.


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