After years of thinking I had a bad back, in the Sept. of 08, I found out I had a bad hip instead. With moderate degeneration I knew I had to have surgery. So I researched Hip Replacements on the internet. The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing popped up and I knew this was just what I needed.
I am a professional photographer and very active. I am also only 51 years old. I don’t run marathons or play tennis, but I work really hard and I need to move unrestricted to do my job right. So I met with Dr Clarke. We had to have a few extra things checked first, (I only have 1 kidney) there was concern about the ions and my kidney’s ability to excrete them.
My nephrologist did his research on the BHR and the ions and gave me the green light to have the surgery. I had my right hip resurfaced by Dr Clarke On Feb 4th 2009.
I am now almost 6 wks postop and I can walk around the house without my cane. I am progressing very rapidly. I work really hard at PT and do exactly what they say. Today I walked 3/4 of a mile. It felt great!
I know that eventually I will have to have the left done, but now I know what to expect, it will be less intimidating. But it sure beats having a THR especially at my age. Dr. Clarke is the greatest, and Community General is the best hospital I have ever been in. Never have I been treated as nice as they treated me. I am extremely satisfied.
Darlene N Chissom