- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 28, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1418478377
- ISBN-13: 978-1418478377
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,931,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting Hip: Recovery From A Total Hip Replacement
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"Although our body is a finely tuned machine with expected surgical outcomes, this practical and reader friendly book reinforces we each have a unique medical presentation. After reading this, not only will you have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of Total Hip Replacements, you will have permission to vary from the expected norms and accept your own rate of recovery."
Wendy Rogers, Physiotherapist (BPT)
"Hip replacements have granted a new lease on life to countless folks. If you are considering this surgery for yourself, you need this first-hand comprehensive report from someone who has done the research for you. Ms. Macdonald provides a wealth of information on the challenges facing hip replacement patients and the resources they require dealing with this experience.
As a nurse, and possibly a prospective future candidate, I found everything one could wish to know and more in GETTING HIP. This lay person's account of the modern experience of hip replacement surgery is a must for any professional wanting to understand the bewildering landscape of hip replacements in North America. Sigrid details the range of possibilities available to patients, from choosing a doctor to deciding on a specific type of implant, as well as making plans for aftercare. Ms. Macdonald has covered it all in a very warm and entertaining manner."
C. Soubliere R.N. BSc PHN
"GETTING HIP takes the reader through the experience of a total hip replacement, from the first problem signs to total recovery. It gives a clear, witty, intelligent and thoroughly readable account of the whole process, and contains valuable information for patients, caregivers and professionals. Macdonald has researched the subject comprehensively, and gives excellent advice for anyone contemplating this major operation. Various surgical methods and devices are also discussed, as well as the future of hip replacement in general. All anyone needs to know about this procedure is here."
Una Holmes, Fellow Veteran of a Total Hip Replacement
About the Author
Sigrid Macdonald is a freelance writer with a background in psychology and social policy research. Originally from New Jersey, Macdonald currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario. As a consumer of medicine and an advocate for patients, Macdonald has written numerous articles on physical and mental health. She has explored topics as diverse as thyroid disease, hypoglycemia, menopause, invisible disabilities, and panic disorder, and has written for publications such as the Anxiety Disorders Association of Ontario, the Carleton University Women’s Center, and the Women’s Freedom Network Newsletter in Washington, D.C. The Globe and Mail Newspaper published Macdonald’s lighthearted but provocative article on naming children. And the American magazine, Justice Denied, accepted two of this social activist’s articles on wrongful convictions.
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First of all, the writer delays surgery to a much greater state of disability than I demonstrated patience for and perhaps that bears weight in her recovery. Her search for a physician willing to listen well and answer her questions is understandable. However, I found her lack of cooperation with medical advice tiresome. This was demonstrated when she refused to reserve blood ahead of the procedure, because she was "afraid of needles" - who isn't! She unexplainably refuses adequate pain medication and subsequently does not tolerate the advised early activity.
While my personal experience may be going uncommonly well, I found this author's experience to be needlessly difficult. If you choose to read this book, please do not let the writer's account discourage you from this opportunity for an improved quality of life.
At places poignant, at places serious and at some places humorous, the book gives a detailed account of what is involved in a Total Hip Replacement Surgery, including the decision to go in for the surgery, type of implant to be selected (given a choice) and what to expect in terms of pain, restrictions on movement and post-surgery life style etc. The author has referred to several books on the subject and has added her own wisdom to the subject. Thus you may check this book out before buying any other book on this subject. That may save you not only money but a lot of time and effort.
One interesting feature of the book is the chapter dealing with the experiences of other people who underwent similar surgery. The widely different experiences of these people confirm the author's own experience that when it comes to a major issue, each individual has a different experience and while other's experience has some educational value, that does not and cannot form a benchmark. That is one of the important message of this good book.
The bibliography and electronic references given at the end of the book add value to the book. The last chapter dealing with the Future of Hip Replacements is a little broad and should be taken as the author's perception of various bits and pieces collected in the course of her extensive reading and interaction. In my view, brand names of drugs should be acknowledged as such and wherever possible, generic names of the drugs should be preferred.
The book doesn't deal with alternative or complementary aspects of health care in detail since the author is totaly dependent on the Canadian Health care system, which is dependent on the main stream medical knowledge, and also since the author did not have very favorable experiences. Many people are however trying out alternative systems like herbal supplements, Homeopathy, Acupuncture etc., because of the adverse side effects of the main stream drugs.
I found some sentence usage patterns in the book rather odd, but probably these are country specific and in any case there is no difficulty in understanding the text.
If you are considering a hip replacement or if you need to support a friend or relative who is contemplating such a surgery and are looking for a layperson's perspective of what is involved in a major surgical operation like Total Hip Replacement, this book is certainly recommended.
This book is also worth taking a look at if you are in the health care profession, since it gives you the perspective from the customer's point of view.