Hip Hip Hooray!

The Story of Recovery from a Total Hip Replacement

—Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D.

There are books and articles on how to prepare for surgery, and suddenly everyone can play tennis six months after a hip replacement, but there is nothing written about those first few weeks and months after the operation. I wish I had known then what I know now, but at least my readers will. All names, initials, occupations and stories are true—I have changed nothing. In the meantime, I am really looking forward to being able to play a good game of tennis as I’m assured I will be able to, after not having touched a tennis racquet in fifty years. It’s like the man, who after hand surgery, asked his doctor whether he could play the piano, and after the doctor assured him that he could after recovery, he exclaimed happily: “Oh, good, I’ve always wanted to play…”

This book was written in 1999; fifteen years later, I can run, dance, and forget that I ever had this surgery. My recent X-rays show good bone growth into the prosthesis.

I hope this information will be helpful for the thousands of people anxiously considering this surgery, as well as for those recovering from hip replacement, and not knowing what is a “normal” reaction or when they should call the doctor. There may be new technologies and medications, but the experiences of the patients remain the same.

I hope you find this free book helpful: Hip Hip Hooray by Natasha Josefowitz