Hip Replacement

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  1. Unregistered

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    Earlier this year I had a total hip replacement of my right hip. The procedure was a complete success ! What's the minimum that I need to supply to my AME for a 3rd class medical ?

    I have a copy of my complete record from the surgeon and hospital. It's a good size stack of paper. I certainly don't want to send in more than necessary, but I also don't want to be missing anything either.

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    Actually nothing. In AME box 60 I note: "Manifest full recovery from surgery and anesthesia, full range of motion and power" and we're done.
     
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    Wow, that's great ! I'm curious, when would a pilot need the documentation that the AOPA suggest in the post above ?
     
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    An illness for which recovery is not manifest. E.g, a hospitalization for bacterial endocarditis (infection of a heart valve, in whcih seeding the brain is a possibility). I just got one of those guys recertified, it was a four month project before I got authority to issue him in the office.

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    Yeah, luckily for me the FAA treats injury & orthopedic issues different from disease and mental health. If you have no obvious problems/limitations, good to go. I remember filling out my first medical, I had to add a sheet lol, the doc said "That's a lot of stuff, any of it bothering you?" "Nope, little sore and cranky every now and then but nothing serious." he had me move around some and that was that. Since then I've just put down " previously reported, no change" and get on with it.
     
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    Same here. Among the various breaks, rips and tears from ski racing, patrolling, baseball and volleyball, the "previously reported" saves a lot of time. :D

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    I had my hip replaced in 09, my second. As long as I was clear of meds, didn't take any once out of the hospital, and had range of motion I was ok to fly. I think from cut to flight was maybe 90 days.
     
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    Very cool information. I've let my medical lapse mainly due to funding. In the interim, I've had my right hip replaced this past January. Very happy with results, I have better range of motion with my new hip than ever. I really appreciate everyone's input and comments on the topic.
     
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    You da man, Dr. Bruce !!
     
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    It's funny, as I add new activities I find new muscles that haven't been used. It's been 6 months for me (197 days to be exact). Yesterday I was up and down the ladder. Today, I'm sore. I sit at a desk for a living, was only away from work about 10 days after surgery. That first step after sitting for 3-4 hrs is still a bit awkward, but the muscles catch up pretty fast.

    I'm working on rebuilding my aerobic capacity that I lost while procrastinating on getting fixed. I always thought of surgery as the beginning of the end, but in this case it's given me a whole new lease on life.
     
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    Amen, when I had my first disc blow out I suffered through that for 9 months of 'progressive treatment' before finally telling the doc "time to cut". What a mistake waiting was, FMD. The second time it was a couple of weeks. The long term results of waiting vs not are a not insignificant either.