I had a good night’s sleep, despite waking up a couple of times with the blood pressure monitor and the compression boots. I was awake properly from about 7am and started on my bed-bound exercises.
These exercises are extremely important, especially the butt clenches. For the other hip replacement, I should have been doing them from the start, so I’m not making that mistake again.
The bed exercises consist of flexing your quadriceps (front thigh muscles) and then pressing your knee down onto the mattress (still flexing the quads) for about 10 seconds per leg. Butt clenches are simple: contract and squeeze your glute (bum) muscles. I also did a few lying knee raises, where you keep the sole of your foot on the bed and slide it up to your bum, raising your knee in the process.
I think I was briefly seen by the surgeon or it may have been yesterday, but was told everything went fine, leg length is fine, same sort / type of replacement on both sides (I love symmetry), hip capsulotomy done (Dremel-ing out hip socket)…
I spent the day dozing and at some point was taken to x-ray to check placement of the, er, replacement which was all fine and dandy.
Later in the evening I was seen by another surgeon and I mentioned the knee pain. He mentioned that they used it for a fulcrum to dislocate my hip, and that my left foot was up by my head, so he wasn’t surprised it was a bit sore
I then had a last shot of morphine for the knee pain, watched Citizenfour and dozed off