Hi, I'm Linda789! I'm having a hip replacement + worried about using frame/crutches after.

Linda789 Community member Posts: 1 Listener

Hi there  I had a stroke 27 years ago at the age of 38.  I have now developed arthritis in my left hip (the affected side) and have been advised I need a hip replacement.  I cannot use my left arm and am weak down the left side but can walk quite well on even surfaces wearing supportive footwear. I have been told by a  pre-assessment physio at a private hospital  that I am at high risk of falling so have been referred to an NHS hospital for the surgery ( same surgeon).  I am full of trepidation as I understand that one needs to use a frame or crutches straight after surgery.  The frame might be a possibility with some degree of difficulty but crutches obviously not as I can only use one hand.    Has anyone in a similar position had this surgery and if so,  could you tell me how you managed?  I would really appreciate discussing this with someone.  Hope to hear from someone soon.


  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,734 Championing
    edited June 2021
    Hello @Linda789 and a warm welcome to our community.  

    I'm sorry you've been experiencing weakness down your left side, that must have been really difficult to manage.  Have you had a date through for the hip replacement op?

    According to this NHS information page about hip replacements, you'll receive support from physiotherapists after the operation to assess your mobility and teach you exercises to help strengthen your hip.  Also:
    After you're discharged from hospital, you may be eligible for up to 6 weeks of home help and there may be aids that can help you. You may also want to arrange to have someone to help you for a week or so.
    Do you have support at home to help you when you're out of hospital?  You can ask for a needs assessment by your local authority at any time free.  Here's some NHS information about what a needs assessment entails, and if you're interested in applying, you can do this online at this government webpage.  

    Have you spoke through your worries with your hospital consultant or nurse?  If not, maybe that would be a good idea so they could quell your fears and arrange a robust plan for after the surgery.

    Please let us know how you get on, and we're here if you ever want to talk more.

    Just to let you know, I've tweaked the title of your thread to help others spot what it's about, and also moved it to our Physical impairments and mobility issues category :)