Hip Replacement in my future

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by disneyworld, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. disneyworld

    disneyworld Active Member

    I've recently been informed that I should definitely have my hip replaced but I want to hold it off until I get out of school in May. I'm in agony some nights during work. Will UPS accomodate me with light duty? Will the union fight for me if they don't? Is there language in the contract about something like this? Has anyone been through this process? Does anyone have a link for the contract? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. rushfan

    rushfan Well-Known Member

    I apologize I cannot offer any suggestions, however, I have to give my 2 cents....

    I wonder if we will ever get hip, shoulder, and knee replacements at a discount since DePuy Orthopaedics, and Stryker ship through UPS. I can see it now on UPSers.com, "Get 20% off your next hip replacement when your orthopaedic surgeon uses DePuy products".
  3. helenofcalifornia

    helenofcalifornia Well-Known Member

    Get the hip replacement now, don't wait and live in pain! A previous thread had one of us getting one and returning to work pain free. See what your disability rating will be with the hip replacement. I was going to wait for a knee replacement but have now committed to it in Spring after peak. They say I should be back in 6 months.
  4. The Cowboy

    The Cowboy The Cowboy

    I had my hip replaced in May 2005. When you get it done, make certain that you have it done by an orthopedic surgeon that only does joint replacements - and see if you are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery. MIS requires one small incision (about three inches long) with no severing of tendons or ligaments. The recovery time is dramatically shorter - weeks vs. months. I had mine done at 8:30 in the morning and walked out of the hospital at 4:00 that afternoon. Expect 6 weeks of rehabilitation.
  5. vktrucker

    vktrucker New Member

    you too hey,ive just been told ill need one in 5 to 15 years .dr told me cant go back to package car driven.Not sure yet what kind of job ill go back too.Ups and insuance co. Tried to say 'not job related' Good old ups '20 back breaking years on the job: But thats how ups plays the game.Use you and get rid of you:::'
  6. disneyworld

    disneyworld Active Member

    Yep,not job related,cuz if I had a desk job it would have happened anyway right? How old are you? I need it now,only 39.
  7. rngri4

    rngri4 New Member

    Disney, I don't see any reason why the company should fight you as long as you have a light duty note written for a period of x months and then re-evaluation. We have someone out now for a knee replacement, and he has been out for over a year now, with some major complications with a botched surgery, and the company has no problem with it, he will come back to work when he can we know. I know your center may be run different, but to me, I don't see any reason why someone with a major surgery (hip replacement is classified as such) wouldn't be accomodated by UPS, as long as they have the proper documentation.
  8. Megansman

    Megansman Member

    Sigh, and I thought I was the only one needing a hip replaced. We have had a guy who had knee surgury and came back after a year and has a doctor's note that authorizes him a low step truck. Company went one better and now he drives a low step automatic.
  9. disneyworld

    disneyworld Active Member

    Nope,I asked for accomodation until I have it done and they said NO because it wasn't work related. I even have a doctors note for light duty,I didn't want to sit out until my surgery. Can you enlighten me on how to pursue the issue? I'm in the process of applying for disability. I guess this is where I say "Thanks for nothing UPS".
  10. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    "....and they said NO because it wasn't work related."

    They are right. Don't you know that we all go home after work and jump in/out of a simulated pkg car that we all have in our backyards 100-110 times.
    When we get through with that we replicate other conditions we experience during our workday the precise number of times also.
    I would be willing to bet that your hip that needs replaced just happens to be on your dominant side (the leg that hits the ground as you alight from your pkg car), what a coincidence!

    rngri4 must work for a different company than you and I.
  11. vktrucker

    vktrucker New Member

    42 ys old,22 yrs on job,,get a lawyer,,No Dr said my hip is going due to arthritis in hip joint. Due to in and out of truck,up and down steps.and lifting day in day out,,,,ETC.Had a hearing at workers comp,last week.Now Insurance co. willing to pay for last few months i,ve been home on light duty collecting nothing.Point is,you need the doctors behind you..I have worked this job scince i was 20.Nobody in my familiy has arthritis.Its caused from the wear and tear you put on your body every day.'
  12. vktrucker

    vktrucker New Member

    You got it'' its my right leg.The leg i step out on ''
  13. ups_vette

    ups_vette New Member

    WOW...... I didn't realize that in addition to being the world's leading expert on all things UPS that trickpony had his medical degree. It is only fitting the we address him from this point forward as Dr. Trickpony
  14. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    ......and this is coming from someone who got their plow cleaned in another thread?

    Any average individual could have figured this one out. I think the company has also as I know several individuals who have had knee replacements.

    But then I'm not a retired manager sitting in the bleachers shouting encouragement to those still on the playing field as I count my millions.

    .....what could I know?
  15. ups_vette

    ups_vette New Member

    Dr. Trickpony... My accountant recently had a hip replacement and has never been a driver for UPS. How can you explain this? He has worked his entire life behind a desk. My next door neighbor's wife has had her knee replaced and she also had never worked for UPS, having been a housewife for over 30 years.

    Would you please post the medical study that affirms your conclusion that being a driver for UPS is the cause for joint replacements and has nothing to do with genetics or disease, or that UPS drivers have a higher rate of joint replacements than the general population.
  16. CTOTH

    CTOTH Not retired, just tired

    I am willing to bet that UPS drivers do have a higher rate of joint replacements than that of those in other professions.

    I am also willing to bet that if anyone conducted a study like this that Big Brown would buy them out before the results were released.

    It's become obvious that during your generation, Vette, everyone was much tougher and worked much harder.And that the current generation is obviously a bunch of whiny wuss bags. Too bad you're too old and wrinkled to get out of your lazy boy and show us how it's done.
  17. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    How about osteoporosis from non-weight bearing (non usage)?

    The accountant sits all day and the housewife darn sure isn't out there humping packages.
    It's not uncommon to hear about the elder person in the neighborhood who "fell and broke his/her hip". In actuality, what happened was the hip broke and then the person fell. I had a PhD in a physiology class tell us this, so go impress her with your immense knowledge.

    In the case of the pkg car driver, do you suppose the G forces the ankle, knee and hip take repeatedly from jumping into/out of a package car numerous times a day has an impact on the respective joints? It's my understanding that a person can put 2 G's on their knees just running up stairs.

    ....but then you already knew all this.
  18. ups_vette

    ups_vette New Member

    Dr. Trickpony.....I was unaware that UPS had instituted a requirment that pkg drs JUMP in and out of the pkg car. Are pkg drivers now required to RUN up and down stairs also?

    Have you found the medical study that confirms UPS pkg drs have a higher frequency of joint replacements, or haven't you found the time to look thru all the medical journals you receive ? It couldn't be that with all your medical training you're mistaken is it? NO...of course not. You are a highly trained medical doctor/ UPS Feeder Driver who is never wrong about anything.
  19. ups_vette

    ups_vette New Member

    CTOTH..I hope you stay out of casinos if your logic for placing bets is based on your negitive bias against, rather than calculating the odds in favor. Las Vegas just loves "gamblers" like you.
  20. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    I never claimed to be a highly trained medical doctor. I'm just a person with common sense.
    When you can have a reasonable debate instead of drivel I will respond to your posts.
    Until then, I'm done.

    p.s.-do you have anything good to say about anyone? If I recall correctly, your first contact with me consisted of accusing me of being gay based on the nature of my posts.