( I apologize if you're receiving this email twice, but the first I accidentally sent from a work PC where I cannot receive emails)
I don't know if you're able to reply to all of your emails, but if you are, I had a few questions about your experience with AVN and replacing both of your hips.
I was diagnosed with AVN at the end of last year. Like you, I was young (39), and a very fit and active mom. My AVN was a result of the steroids used in two stem cell transplants for another disease (which is fortunately in remission). Just in the past 8-9 months, both hips have completely collapsed and I am excited to replace them both this fall; the first on 9/29 and the second 6 weeks later (like you).
What shape were you in before you had your surgeries? Did you have much pain, trouble walking, and limited range of motion? I have all of that, and my main concern is how I'm going to get around on the remaining bad hip while I wait for the 2nd surgery. How did you do it? Moving is hard enough on two bad hips, I can imagine it's going to be even harder to rely on one.
I know you did ceramic-on-ceramic replacements. I am going to do ceramic-on-plastic. How are your prostheses holding up to your skating, jumping and landing?
Also, how soon after your surgeries and initial PT were you able to resume your more challenging workout routine? I know from your website that you were training for Champions on Ice--as a former dancer, aerobic instructor and personal trainer, I am curious how long it will take for me to resume a more intense exercise program.
Lastly, which approach did your surgeon use? Mine is going to use the anterior approach. What are your long-term restrictions or limitations? Are there any movements, positions, or activities you cannot do?
I appreciate any advice and input you can offer. Thank you so much!
Take good care,
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