My hip replacement surgery was much better than expected!
I choose to have minimally invasive, anterior-cut, total hip replacement surgery performed because I wanted to recover quickly. It was just more intuitive to me that this method would do the least harm to my muscles and nerves and that I would recover quicker. The outcome was great. The hospital experience (my first!) was better than expected. The staff was professional and catered to all of my needs. The physical therapists at the hospital had me up walking immediately and I was climbing stairs the next day.
The post-surgery recovery went well because this type of surgery does not come with any restrictions. I did not have to take precautions with crossing my legs or bending down, etc. The other patients that were going through physical therapy with me did not progress as quickly as I did and they complained about the restrictions that they had since they had a different type of surgery. I concentrated on the exercises that my physical therapist showed me and I did these exercises faithfully many times per day. It paid off. I was back to work in six weeks without a cane and with no pain!
For those considering total hip replacement surgery, I would suggest that they familiarize themselves with the whole process from understanding the disease that caused the problem and how it affects the muscles, the surgical procedure, the hospital stay, and the post-surgical recovery. I would suggest that they choose the right doctor and hospital carefully like I did and ask as many questions as possible to fully understand the process. This will alleviate the surprises. Also, there are books and articles on the process that may help.
Daniel B., 46 years. Birmingham, UK