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    Hip replacement in Thai state hospital

    As I have mentioned recently I have survived the replacement, amid some discouraging news. For those interested:

    Being admitted the day before surgery for few more testing. Despite so many people at the reception, quite impressed, observing a nice lady advising for the correct queuing.

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    The next morning enjoyed de-hairing by a beautiful nurse not only on the hip but at the whole area including very strategic spot. (an assistance of my wife - lifting flabby part of me - has suppressed my arousal). (no selphie available)

    Wheeled to the surgery theater, given choice whether total anesthesia or just the lower body that is better for later recovery, OK then. Having me waited once the injected essence will take effect.

    Then, not realizing much what's going on with me as they covered me completely - in fact not very keen on to watch anything or kibitz them.

    During nearly one hour not feeling much, sometimes just some slight impacts, nothing painful. Then after removing the many covers wheeled back to my room, still no pain, some medication intake. No need to bother with a move anywhere out from the bed, being connected to liquids in and out either...

    Late evening feeling a bit some pain, asking for getting help by morphine, OK then, slept OK the whole night, disturbed only by the regular checking, measuring by cosy nurses.

    When changing the dressing shown the incision, ca. 20 cm long:
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    How it had continued?
    The second day after surgery they discontinued me from the pipes, starting to walk slowly with help of a walker (not the Johnny one), making use of the spacious room I have got for a daily surcharge 1,800 B/d. Including a sofa for wife that is required to stay permanently - compulsory when having the private room.


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    To cut the story short:
    After 4 nights in the hospital being wheeled to a CT scan for checking and also placing on a X-ray. The doctor showing in life view to the wife that something new has really been inserted in. It seems all OK...

    So please show up at first the accounting and you are allowed to go home, bye bye.

    I was given some medication for few more weeks, being asked to see the local clinic near our place for daily redressing the incision.

    Then going within 7 days again to hospital for stitches removal.

    The next 7 days I was quite optimistic, walking even shortly without walking sticks.

    However, within one more week I have realized that my excitement was too premature, not always walking without a pain. Starting to chase away bad thought, perhaps at the end of the day, it hasn't been all OK?

    However, being calmed down, the old body need certain time to adjust to such a major bone replacement...

    When the incision had closed completely, I was allowed to swim. The body in the water can move much more easily, similarly as the astronauts on the Moon (when shot by Stanley Kubrick... )

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    And really, it's going ever day better and better. Now 6 weeks after the surgery I walk without my ingenious canes (patent pending) - one of them I already gave last week to a friend seeing how he walks with difficulty having braces on his handicapped leg.

    Although it's not yet as 6 months ago when I was still able to jog with dogs along the river. Now driving with them on my scooter - the dogs are happy they no longer need to wait on me as before when after 50 m jogging I had collapsed always for 10 minutes before being able to walk again...

    The swelling of the incision has slowly disappeared, of the ankle not yet fully when compared with the other one, the healing still ongoing.

    And obviously, the leg is a bit shorter - as the doctor did not ruled out. So slightly limping. To equalize the length with the other one - and in order not to wait when equalized it by the same operation of the other leg - added 1 cm of additional sole to my 2 pairs of shoes, so easy to manage in Thailand...

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    Glad to hear your recovery and rehabilitation is going well. It is amazing how quickly doctors can get one on their feet now after such surgery!

    Can I be nosy and ask how much your surgery costs were? What kind of prosthetic implant did they use?


    I see a knee replacement in my future.

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    ...good thread...glad to hear your operation went well...

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    Speedy recovery Klondyke, i imagine the room decoration will have you up and out in no time.

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    ^ Indeed...it's a bit cringeworthy. 555

    I'm happy it worked out OK, Klondyke. When is the other leg scheduled to be done ?

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    Best wishes Klondyke...had missed the news sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Can I be nosy and ask how much your surgery costs were? What kind of prosthetic implant did they use?

    I see a knee replacement in my future.
    Beside the private room charge, as an overaged resident I (actually my financial director) paid nothing, as any other Thai people.

    I am afraid it will not be the same case in the Land of Unlimited Possibilities...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    When is the other leg scheduled to be done ?
    As long as my walking is balanced by the 1 cm additional sole I rather will not insist on...

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    ^^ Wow! Are you a Thai citizen or permanent resident?

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    Best Wishes Klondyke on a speedy recovery. Btw was this a D.I.Y. ?

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    BTW....Good to see that although you are older, you are not a fat bastard.

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    I had both ankles fused and steel rods inserted half way up my legs some years back at a military hospital in Korat. Prior to the ops I had to purchase all the metal work and have them delivered to the hospital about a week before. The hospital gave me all the details and prices and I paid by Debit Card. After the operations I then had a separate bill for the ops etc. Is that how you were treated Klondyke?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I had both ankles fused and steel rods inserted half way up my legs
    ...so, any superpowers then?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I had both ankles fused
    Transitioning to being a Mermaid?


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    Happy your operation went well. I hope you have a quick and full recovery

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    any superpowers then?...
    Unfortunately not but the operations worked by giving back my mobility. Downside of it is that the metal sets off the machines at the airports.

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    Heal up! It is one thing to argue on this place, but health is another. Hope you are doing well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Btw was this a D.I.Y. ?
    Actually, it's not. As with my other DIYs, I have always good people to help with.

    And this doctor - who I first was seeing in his private clinic - was educated in USA (that's why he is so good...)

    BTW, I never see him in a white coat (forgot to snapshot him), neither other doctors (the white coat of doctors in hospital was here once discussed, questioned by one who knows everything about everything, born once in Thailand, however, never had lived here).

    The days after the surgery different hospital people came to see me, investigating me how this, how that. Young doctors in education, they have a special short jacket, not really white, somehow greyish.

    And once came two men, both dressed in a blue overall with some printing, I haven't had my glasses on, I pointed them to the a/c on the wall. However, I was mistaken, they were also doctors, asking me in English (better than mine) how I feel...

    However, the beautiful nurses, always in neat white nurse uniform and smiling...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I had both ankles fused and steel rods inserted half way up my legs some years back at a military hospital in Korat. Prior to the ops I had to purchase all the metal work and have them delivered to the hospital about a week before. The hospital gave me all the details and prices and I paid by Debit Card. After the operations I then had a separate bill for the ops etc. Is that how you were treated Klondyke?
    Nothing like that. As of the artificial joint, not sure what's that, forgot to ask. I think it's now not really steel (stainless), some kind of compound, that would be good at the airports. I have to remember to ask next time the doctor - to tell me the truth...

    Then, I will have on airports only again the problem with my Swiss knife (I cannot be without) in my pocket - as it happened few times to me. And always off with it, I think the good men looked later after the hours properly through the garbage...

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    Herewith my feet as of today, one ankle still a bit swollen (is it apparent which one?)

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    (BTW, acacia parquets, DIY...)

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    Fred Flintstone feet. Just saying, like....


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    Good luck Klondyke. You'll have to take things easy for a few months, don't overdue the walking.



    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    And once came two men, both dressed in a blue overall with some printing, I haven't had my glasses on, I pointed them to the a/c on the wall. However, I was mistaken, they were also doctors, asking me in English (better than mine) how I feel...
    That's funny.

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    Wishing you a speedy recovery Klondyke.

    There was a rumour going round in Korat a few years ago that someone had had a replacement hip put in the wrong way round in one of the local hospitals. Don't know if it was true, or if that would even be possible?

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