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    Re: Coming back after hip replacement - a couple questions

    After all the rehab, you will one day swim and then later say "wow - no pain today" and then realize that fact slipped your mind.

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    Re: Coming back after hip replacement - a couple questions

    How long has it taken to get your energy back. My wife had her hip replaced 3 1/2 weeks ago. Mobility wise we both think she is doing great. She walks with a cane for balance support only. She says she is running out of energy in the early afternoon and is frustrated by that. She wanted me to ask if that is normal and when to expect energy to get better.
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    Re: Coming back after hip replacement - a couple questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    How long has it taken to get your energy back. My wife had her hip replaced 3 1/2 weeks ago. Mobility wise we both think she is doing great. She walks with a cane for balance support only. She says she is running out of energy in the early afternoon and is frustrated by that. She wanted me to ask if that is normal and when to expect energy to get better.
    That's very similar to my experience. It took me at least 4+ weeks to get reasonable energy back. Post-surgical healing, pain meds, after effects of general anesthesia, stress, disruption of routine and normal nutrition, blood loss in surgery.... there's been a lot going on. Good luck to her for a continued good recovery and rehab (Suggestion: she should hang on to the cane a little longer than she needs it when out in public - it signals to folks out there that they should give her extra space and reduces the chance of being pushed or bumped.)

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    Re: Coming back after hip replacement - a couple questions

    New to the forum and feel lucky to have found this thread by googling "breastroke" and "hip replacement." I'm a lifelong swimmer, never competed in H.S. or college but have dabbled in Master's on and off for the past 30 years. I am three weeks post first hip replacement (anterior approach) and my doctor just cleared me to swim. It's been months since I've been in the pool, and predictably have lost a lot of strength and endurance. Things were a bit tentative today as far as kicking, as I've already been chewed out once by the P.A. for walking too much after surgery, and I do not want to get crosswise with her! I made an adult decision to limit kicking to flutter kicks for now, and I realize I forgot to ask if and when I could do butterfly and breaststroke kicks. I wasted too many years unsuccessfully trying alternatives to surgery, with the result that things just got weaker and weaker and range of motion drastically decreased. I'm now having to claw back from that, but it will come in time.

    I am reading these posts with interest! As soon as hip #2 gets replaced in early October, life can really begin in earnest!

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