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Hip replacement and bondage.

Unread postby LockedInALocker » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:27 am

Hallo.

     I have developed pain in my right hip which a doctor says is arthritis (I am 64), and it has been suggested a hip replacement may be required or desirable at some point, although other options have not so far been really thoroughly investigated.
     Those who remember me posting more frequently in earlier years will remember that my main self-bondage interest is locking myself in small containers like lockers, suitcases, bags, and so on. However, pain has led to me doing this less recently with containers where I am curled up in a tight foetal position, and I am really missing it. I do quite often now lie straight in locked surfboard bags (even sleep in them), however, which is not a problem - but I would prefer if I didn't have to be limited only to this - as in many things, variety is greatly valued.
     Does anyone have enough medical knowledge of joint replacements to know how much this affects bondage activities, especially of the type I mentioned above? I suppose a doctor would know, but it is not something I feel easy about asking doctors.
     I have heard conflicting information about joint replacements and how they affect your life generally. Some have suggested that, although it does effectively deal with pain and restores some movement, you usually don't return to full movement like before, and have to take care not to strain the joints in a way you didn't have to with the natural ones. But others have suggested there is no real limitation on the movements you can make, and you can effectively live normally, just like before the whole problem arose.
     If I have the replacement done, is it likely to permanently rule out some kinds of bondage, such as the ones with suitcases and lockers as mentioned above? If I would like to keep doing this, should I try as hard as possible to avoid the replacement and try to find other treatments that will allow enough movement and reduce pain enough to enable me to continue? Other possible treatments I've heard help in some cases are the right kind of exercise, diet, weight loss, drug treatment, physiotherapy, Pilates, yoga. And I suppose I could improve my general fitness, too, which I think has declined recently, partly because of pain in walking longer distances.
     Does anyone here have experience of this?
     Is it possible that years of curling up in tight containers may in fact be the ultimate cause of the problem?

     If anyone knows about these matters, I would appreciate their thoughts on it.
     Thank you.

Regards, Michael.
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Re: Hip replacement and bondage.

Unread postby Petrajane » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:55 pm

Not had such a procedure done myself and hopefully won't for a good few years if ever! Not keen on going under the knife again.

However, my aunt had a hip replacement done, many years ago and she never recovered and walked again, BUT she was a lot older than you, her hip had been troubling her for some years and her walking gait was badly affected before the op. She was also a tall woman.

Two work collegues have had the op in the last year, one you could not tell that she has had the op, but she does still (a year on) need to be careful as to how she gets out of a swivel chair, mustn't swivel basically.

Another collegue has just had it done three weeks ago, and he was very fit and slim as he would walk miles a day, at speed, and even lead walking groups locally. He is already back out walking 2-3 miles a day though a little slower that he was. His wife can keep up with him now.

I can#t help with the bondage side of things, and I'm not about to ask my collegues, I'd like to keep my job, but I hope that helps a little?
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Re: Hip replacement and bondage.

Unread postby One Pivot » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:33 am

It seems like the range of responses to hip surgery are pretty vast. Its a new lease on life for some people! Others it doesnt go so great.

I would absolutely explain your concern to your doctor though. It might certainly be embarrassing, but going a little red in the face is better than missing out on a potential option that may work better for you and your lifestyle! Dont sell yourself short by not discussing it first with a professional!
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Re: Hip replacement and bondage.

Unread postby LockedInALocker » Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:09 am

     Thanks, Petrajane and One Pivot, for your responses. (I'm a bit late getting back, as I don't log into this forum so much, as I think its general focus is drifting away from my main areas of interest.)
     I suppose I was hoping for something along the lines of "If you do this, you will probably not be able to return to self-bondage, or will need to severely limit it", or else (far more preferably) "After recovery, you should be able to return to all your normal activities"; but maybe it just isn't that definite. But I am afraid that the former is likely to be closer to the reality. I think I've heard that, for knee replacements, at least, you cannot bend the knee more than 90 degrees after the operation - and I mean permanently, not just during recovery. Maybe techniques have improved since then, but I don't know.

Petrajane wrote:Another collegue has just had it done three weeks ago, and he was very fit and slim as he would walk miles a day, at speed, and even lead walking groups locally. He is already back out walking 2-3 miles a day though a little slower that he was. His wife can keep up with him now.

     This case might point to the idea that being as fit as possible before the operation may help a lot. I think I used to be a lot more fit once than I am now, because, until about 20 years ago, I didn't drive, so had to use a combination of walking and public transport to go anywhere (and a bike for a few years). But now I live in an area where these would be completely infeasible even if I wanted to and felt up to doing it. I think my fitness suffered a bit after that, and pain has probably accelerated that the last few years. I am wondering whether consulting a personal trainer or physiotherapist to find out what kind of exercise would be best for my situation would be a good idea.
     I don't have any great attachment to being a perfectly fit super-man or anything, and don't do any sports or anything like that. I just want everyday activities to be reasonably easy to do, as well as my areas of bondage interest.

One Pivot wrote:I would absolutely explain your concern to your doctor though. It might certainly be embarrassing, but going a little red in the face is better than missing out on a potential option that may work better for you and your lifestyle! Dont sell yourself short by not discussing it first with a professional!

     Gosh - that is difficult. Maybe I could just ask, without specifying detailed activities, "Are there any movements whatsoever I will never be able to do after the operation? I just need to know all the detail before I decide." Or maybe I could go to see a doctor I will never meet again to screw up my courage and discuss this. You can imagine that it may be a very bad look to some people to say, "I like curling up into suitcases and lockers and locking myself in - if I have this operation, will it affect that adversely?"
     I've heard that some bondage organizations or web sites keep lists of "kink-friendly doctors". Does anyone know of such a list that includes doctors in or around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia? I am not in contact with any kinky people outside forums like this, so have no-one to ask in person about this.
     Thanks.

Regards, Michael.
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