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    OT: Update on Me and My Hips
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    davedsel2 posted:
    Lots has been going on this year and I will try and make this brief, but it is long so I'm sorry. I was scheduled to have my right hip replaced on 3/16/15. The surgeon had wanted me to lose weight, but I was at a plateau for several months and did not lose enough for his satisfaction. He decided to put my surgery on hold for now. I spend hundreds of dollars seeing specialists and getting pre-op testing, and he up and cancelled at the last minute. I have put him permanently on hold and found a different ortho surgeon who will do my hips soon. I'm having steroid injections into both hips next Wednesday, then will see the surgeon again in a few months to further discuss and probably schedule the surgeries. I need both hips done very badly as I am in horrible pain.

    Many of you know that I've battled obesity all my life. I even started the process for weight loss surgery in March, but my wonderful wife came up with the brilliant idea that if we ate less, just about what I would eat after surgery, we'd lose weight. As all wives are, she was right. I have now lost 45 pounds since last May. I saw my primary doctor this morning. On their scale, I weighed in at 279. Height is 5'11.5". My BMI is 38.4. In order to qualify for weight loss surgery, you need a BMI of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35 or more if you have associated health problems (they call them "co-morbidities"). Since I have Diabetes, even though it is in full control, I would qualify. However, my primary doctor agreed I am doing great on my own and as long as I continue I should get to my goal weight of 220 or less by the end of this year without bariatric surgery. My doctor also agreed with my choice of new orthopedic surgeons.

    I am so very thankful I finally woke up and realized how to consistently follow a healthy lifestyle. My wonderful wife is so supportive, and would support weight loss surgery, but doing it this way is so much better. She has lost 25 pounds since last June. All my pants are very baggy and I am starting to be able to wear shirts again that I have not been able to for decades. Our dear friend Sande is afraid I'm going to start having "wardrobe malfunctions" when we meet for breakfast on Saturday mornings. LOL.

    I just felt led to share. I pray you are all having a wonderful and fantastic Friday.
    Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

    Blessings,

    -Dave
     
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    cjh1203 responded:
    Hi Dave-

    There's lots of good news in your post! Congratulations on your weight loss -- that's wonderful.Sometimes, just seeing that first four or five pounds come off is enough motivation to keep you going. And baggy clothes can be a good thing!

    I'm glad you found an orthopedic surgeon you like. If the injections don't help, will he/she do the surgery sooner? I hope they do help, but it sounds like surgery is inevitable, and you'd probably be happy to get it over with sooner rather than later. When you do have your hip replacements, will you have them both done at the same time?

    I imagine your weight loss has had an impact on your diabetes, hasn't it? Have you been able to come off any medications?

    Thank you for the update. It seems like you're headed in the right direction in every way.

    Carol
     
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    davedsel2 replied to cjh1203's response:
    Hi, Carol.

    I posted this figuring you would reply. Yes, my weight loss has positively affected my diabetes. My HBA1C on 4/2/14 was 5.9. Last May I was 9.5. I have been able to reduce medications, and my doctor this morning said I should decrease one of my two oral meds to half the dose now.

    This new orthopedic surgeon does a minimally invasive hip replacement surgery from the front. No muscles or tendons are cut as with traditional procedures as he goes in between the muscles to get to the hip joints for replacement. It is inevitable that both will be replaced within a few months. During my first visit he seemed to indicate that he may consider doing both at once because of his new procedures. Recovery time on average is only 2-4 weeks, as opposed to months with traditional joint replacements.

    Thanks very much for your kind reply.
    Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

    Blessings,

    -Dave
     
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    davedsel2 replied to davedsel2's response:
    Whoops, that 5.9 HBA1C reading was from a few weeks ago on 4/2/15. For those reading that may not understand, an HBA1C result of less than 6.0 is considered to be in the "normal" range that someone without Diabetes would have. So, I am thrilled and thankful for the changes I am finally making for my body.
    Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

    Blessings,

    -Dave
     
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    cjh1203 replied to davedsel2's response:
    I think we're the only ones left here, Dave!

    How fantastic about your A1C and being able to stop taking some of your medications. That's such a great feeling.

    The minimally invasive surgery sounds good. You'll be so grateful for the short recovery time.

    Carol
     
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    davedsel2 responded:
    I cancelled the steroid injections because I have a bad cold, almost a flu, that I don't think will be over by this Wednesday. I think that is best as the injections would cost $150.00 under my health care plan, and they don't have a good success rate. They work primarily on cartilage and there is very little to none of that around my hip ball joints. I'll just wait and have both hips replaced in a few months.
    Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

    Blessings,

    -Dave
     
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    cjh1203 replied to davedsel2's response:
    The injections only helped me for about 4-5 days. It doesn't even make much sense to try them in situations like yours and mine, but maybe they help some people.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    Carol
     
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    davedsel2 replied to cjh1203's response:
    That's what I figured, Carol. The steroid shots would not be worth the expense, pain or rise in blood sugar that would happen. I will probably get an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in June and hopefully schedule the surgeries.

    I agree, looks like you and I are the only ones that check this community on a regular basis. I like to check in to see if anyone is looking or help dealing with a family member who has any form of Dementia.
    Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

    Blessings,

    -Dave
     
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    davedsel2 responded:
    I decided to make an appointment with my new ortho yesterday, and they had an opening for this morning at 11:10. I didn't expect to get in so soon, but went and I will be having my right hip replaced in June, then the left hip replaced about 3 months after that.

    I am looking forward to this pain finally being relieved.
    Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.

    Blessings,

    -Dave
     
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    cjh1203 replied to davedsel2's response:
    That's great news, Dave! What a relief to finally have a date, and to have a surgeon you have confidence in.

    Please keep me posted. I'm thrilled for you that the end of your hip pain is in sight.

    Carol


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