Hip replacement number 2 is in the books!
Once I decided to do this surgery, I also decided to enjoy the process.
For a total joint replacement, it’s relatively quick & painless.
It was a tough decision to get it done preemptively before hip pain became severe, but I know it was the right thing to do – especially now that I’m on the other side of it.
Here were the pros going into surgery before too much degeneration:
- faster recovery due to less degeneration
- less muscle/strength/function loss
- less compensation with other body parts
- no waiting by booking privately
- I got to control the timeline
- surgery meant that I could do all the things I love sooner without suffering through degeneration and then surgery
Here were the cons of preemptive surgery:
- facing the fact that I’m aging and wearing out
- immediate pain of recovery
- the immediate need to lean on others
- financial burden of surgery & potential loss of revenue with work
- the immediate inability to do the things I love (especially when training is going well)
- missing out on immediate events/competitions
To me, the pros outweighed the cons. I’m ever so grateful for modern medicine & the opportunity to have this surgery (twice now!).
If you’re facing joint replacement and have any questions, fire away – I’m here to help.
Stay tuned for the road to recovery in terms of nutrition & exercise.