It is two days post-op and Dr. Vail said the surgery went well; the device fit well in my hip, I had less blood loss than average and my bone density is excellent. He said it was also clear why I needed surgery; the cartilage was gone, I had developed more bone spurs and my femoral head was no longer round – it had taken on an oval-like shape and it no longer fit properly into the hip socket. Dr. Vail’s chief resident summarized my status when she said, “You had some gnarly osteoarthritis.”
I am now on the road to recovery and I have already made good progress. I was able to stand the evening of my surgery and I walked with the help of a walker out of my room yesterday morning. I almost threw up both times and had to sit down shortly thereafter, but the nurses said that was not an uncommon reaction to the drugs and anesthesia that was still making its way out of my system. This afternoon, with the aid of crutches, I walked down the hallway and with the assistance of an encouraging PT, I even tackled a flight of stairs. The hospital does not let you leave until you have “normal bodily functions” and unfortunately, I needed a little help on that front too. If anyone is morbidly curious, suppositories work.
I am amazed by medical technology and that I am already able to walk with crutches. But more importantly, I am grateful for the skills of my surgeon and the care of his staff. God bless Dr. Vail and all the miracle workers at UCSF. Thanks to everyone who sent a get well or just had me in their thoughts for the last few days. Your support has been tremendous. Thanks also to my friends who visited to lift me up. Of course, my lovely wife, Stacie, has been by my side when I needed her the most.
I am heading home tonight and I know that dedication and patience will be important to a successful recovery. But if I am half as dedicated as the good folks at UCSF are to their patients, I’ll do just fine.