Hip Replacement #2

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.