Total hip replacement scheduled for 18 Oct. Plain old arthritis, fortunately limited to a single joint, but progressive to the point where I can't walk much, get on a bike, negotiate stairs, arise from a chair, like that. Mitigated by healthy other joints, continued exercise--I can swim a couple hours dragging my legs behind me--and my generally sunny disposition. Too, I'm having it done at the NE Baptist, which has the best record and lowest infection rates in the known galaxy. So I've no reason for other than optimism.
Yesterday had pre-op visit: lasted 3 hours. Quite thorough: NP, anaesthetist, pahrmacist, physical therapist, social worker. All lovely, all been there done that. Gave some of my own blood if they need to transfuse me--the safest, and EVERYBODY GETTING ELECTIVE SURGERY SHOULD DO THIS. They think about what I'll need at home afterwards--get shag rugs off the floor; boosters on the pots; shower doors taken off; remote reaching tongs; like that. And a bottle of chlorhexidine (serious antibacterial) to shower with twice a day, culture of nose and urine. Turns out that if they do all that, infection rate close to zero. Makes you wonder why everybody doesn't...
I'll keep everybody up on it here; might prove interesting to hear from someone who's spent time on the other side of the OR drapes