I’m writing a book about preparing for and recovering from joint surgeries on knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, feet. It will be a nitty gritty guide, patient to patient, with tips and hints for getting the best outcome from these surgeries.
Am especially interested in hearing about your knee and hip replacements.
Please write back with any experiences or opinions about such surgeries:
Here are some things to write about:
What difference did the surgery make in your life?
What made you decide to do it?
Would you do it again? Did you know what you were getting into? What, if any, were the surprises?
Did you have good pain control? What meds were used?
What, if anything, did you find hard about recovery? Was any equipment useful? Walkers, leg lifters, etc. What were the biggest problems?
What advice would you have for others?
Did anything really help in recovery? The kind of help you had? Friends and family? Physical therapists? How did you handle daily living? Food, getting around?
Did you feel you got good discharge instructions from the hospital?
Did you go to a rehab/nursing facility after the hospital? If yes, what was your opinion?
Did your family come in to help? Was there conflict about what to do, how to do it, etc?
How did you handle any frustration, depression during recovery? What got you through the post-op nights?
What are your observations about family and friends who have had joint surgeries?
Really, I am interested in anything you have to say. I will not use names if I use your quotes in the book. If I think your remarks still identify you, your family, your hospital or doctor, I will change your location and leave out those names, but I don’t change your opinions or experience! Don’t worry about grammar, lovely writing, doing it just so…just write.
I very much appreciate anything you care to send about the experience. If you want to forward this to anyone who has had joint surgery, please do so. Love to hear from them too.
Send privately to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a public reply below. Thanks. Mel