Daniel Justin’s Hip Resurfacing 2011
February 19, 2011
It has been 5 weeks now since my left hip was resurfaced and I would like to pass along some encouragement about how it has progressed. I am 59 and a life long athlete (golf is my main sport) have played for 50 years and that is how I wore out the left hip. I had put off the surgery for 5 years until I could no longer swing a club. It was not a fun experience by no means. Everyone tells you how great it is, but no one tells you what you have to go through. I won’t go into that here.
Only the positive stuff:
I was driving a day under 2 weeks, back to work in 3 weeks, able to cook, clean and do just about everything in 2 1/2 weeks, on a walker only 2 days after being home, crutches for another 3 days, and 1 crutch after that for any extensive walking, but getting around the house with nothing, however there is still a limp going on and it will obviously take some time for the muscles to get back to normal. Very little pain at all, except some muscle pain, but have taken no pain medication at all since the hospital.
I did spend 2 years doing daily pre-op exercises which I think must have helped in the post-op realm. Obviously from all the posts on this site, everyone progresses at a different rate, and I think the younger you are and the more active you are, the better chances you have of progressing more quickly.
One thing I have been doing in the last week or so, is walking around and doing exercises with 2 1/2 leg weights attached to my ankles. This has really seemed most excellent in the progress realm. It just gives the muscles a little extra work out, and when the weights come off, the legs seem light as a feather.
Anyway, thanks Pat for this excellent site where we can come together and share our thoughts and concerns about our common hippy thing. And, I send all my thoughts and encouragement to all who are about to go through this process, and to all who have been thought it.
March 20, 2011
I am a serious golfer who is now 8 weeks out from BHR on the left hip (right handed golfer) which is the critical hip in the golf turn for a right hander. I was driving at 2 weeks (a car that is) and working at 3 weeks, so obviously it has gone quite well, althought the first couple of weeks were not much fun I must say.
I am following my doctor’s recommendations regarding golf because I don’t want anything going wrong. He said I could chip and putt at around 4 to 5 weeks ( which I did with complete ease) …. then begin slowly with wedges around 9 to 10 weeks working my way through the irons after that to a full swing with the longer clubs at around 12 weeks or so (listening to your body as you go)
This seems to be a good general format to follow for most golfers who want to get back to this game we love with so much passion. I will let you know how it is going in the 12 to 14 week period. I look forward to playing this game again with the ability to make that turn without everything locking up.
See you on the links