October 6, 2016 – 5 years yesterday on my left BHR, doing extremely well. No issues with the implants, walk 20-25 miles/week motivated by keeping weight off to extend hip life, which has improved overall health measurably. Walk at just under 4mph consistently on hilly terrain. Managed to impact one of the devices really hard with the tip of shovel handle while cutting sod about a month ago (the more fortunate of 2 places to have impacted in the hip region and was concerned for a few days, but nothing came of it thankfully.
In terms of issues/observations:
I have had occasional severe muscle spams/cramps on the inside of each thigh, that started post op after the first hip, after exertion and sweating profusely, sometimes hours after the exercise, the kind of pain that will immediately wake you up from a dead sleep. Extra hydration and electrolytes seems to help, sometimes. I am not sure how it relates to the bhr, maybe the process of surgical dislocation of the hip is one thought. Small price to pay if related.
Also some bursitis (trochanter and illio-psoas) in the hips, that seems to be related to gouty arthritis attacks, once I watched my intake of food that cause the gout (beer, chocolate, purines, excess red meat) the hip bursitis has not returned (I was unaware of the gout/bursitis connection).
All in all I could not be more satisfied with the bhr’s, they were life changing. Dr Brooks and the team did a fantastic job.
Thanks to Pat, Boomer, Woodstock, Hernanu, Danny, and many others of the 2011/2012 bilateral club or earlier. This site was the thing that really helped get through the non trivial recovery period, thank you ever so much.