February 7, 2016
I have been a less frequent visitor to this site – mostly because my hip is no longer a problem and I am busy enjoying life!
I had my left hip resurfaced by Dr. Gross back in February of 2011.
My story – condensed version. My hip began to *barely* hurt in my late 20s / early 30s. It was a nuisance but not a problem. By my mid 30s it was clearly a problem and I had to stop a lot of activites I enjoyed, but I just dealt with it and basically adapted to my limitations. It happened so slowly that I really didn’t realize how limited I had become. By my late 30s I was in serious 24/7 pain – the last year or two it became unbearable. I was taking 4-6 Aleve’s a day and at the very end it got so bad that if someone said cutting my leg off would end the pain I would have seriously considered it.
A local orthopedic surgeon who had treated me told me about HR but said he did not do it. I found this site and that led me to finding Dr. Gross. I flew from CA to SC to have the surgery – totally petrified about what would happen. I had seen YouTube videos of what the sugery entailed and I was NOT looking forward to it. I had no choice – and went through with it. The actual surgery was a piece of cake – my fears were totally unnecessary. I swear the worst and most painful part of the surgical process was the IV. by the time they got me to the OR I was medicated and don’t remember a thing. I don’t even remember the spinal shot. I woke up and realized I was done. I recovered pretty quickly and by 4-6 weeks I was walking around painf ree.
I went to Disneyland and walked all over (with a cane) at 6 weeks. I did NOT ride any crazy ride..but did walk too much.. I was sore for a coule weeks..
anyway… fast forward to now… 5 years post op and I am still loving my new hip. I still say that Dr. Gross gave me my life back. I can do anything I want… my left hip is pain free everyday.
I wlll admit that I do have limitations. For some reason, I cannot run long distances or my hip hurts. I can run about a mile and then it gets sore. I recently tried ART therapy from a local chiro and that had substantial results..I could suddenly run 2-3 miles before I got pain..big improvement, but it still go there. it has something to do with the psoas muscle…it’s is not the joint..it’s a soft tissue muscle issue.. but I hate running so I don’t care. 🙂
I can play basketball, racquetball..cycle… and snowboard. so I am a happy guy.
here is a video of my recently snowboarding in Mammoth with my son. I went all day. the ONLY pain I had in my hip was from the hip WITHOUT THE IMPLANT!!! Yes.. the other hip is going to need to get fixed eventually…but the one Dr. Gross fixed was pain free after the whole day of snowboarding. I would NEVER have done this before surgery….
yes that is me.. 43 years old.. carving down the mountain on my fake hip!! I did take a few good spills that day – no I didn’t include them in the video… 🙂 but my hip has zero issues…
thanks Dr. Gross! Life is good!
If your hip is hurting and you are like I was 5 years ago – stop living in pain and fix it. There is hope!