Dave’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Brooks 2014
May 30, 2014
My name is Dave, I’m 52 and have enjoyed an active life style including running, mountain biking, weight training and recreational sports.
First, I would like to say a huge thanks and give a big hug to Ms. Walter for all the time and effort she has put into this web site. By studying this site and a few others I quickly become comfortable with the idea of hip resurfacing and determined the doctor I wanted to perform it.
I visited 2 orthopedic surgeons prior to Dr. Brooks and both said I was going to need a total hip replacement but didn’t mention hip resurfacing as an option. I stumbled on hip resurfacing by accident while researching running after a total hip replacement on the internet.
Dr. Brooks and his team and the Cleveland Clinic were exceptional from the initial consultation all the way through being discharged 2 days after surgery.
Only needed to have my right hip done. Everything is going really well so far. Feeling good and getting around well on crutches. I’m doing the exercises the clinic gave me, walking and riding a stationary bike. I’m using ice and Tylenol for the pain. So far I’m very pleased I decided to have my hip resurfaced. I’m looking forward to long pain free walks with my dogs.
June 7, 2014
It’s been 3 weeks now since the surgery. The recovery process has been going great. I can get in and out of the car or bed with much less pain now. My hip is getting more flexible and getting some strength back. I’m able to do more reps on the physical therapy excersizes. I can sleep on my nonsurgical side some and almost my surgical side. I’ve been riding the stationary bike for 30 minutes and upper body only weight training (while seated). I was able to stop taking the narcotics a week ago. Still taking Tylenol and icing frequently.
My 2 big dogs don’t get it though. I would take them for a long walk in the woods about every other day. Now they only get to go a couple times a week. They really don’t understand what my problem is. Can’t wait until I can start walking them again.
July 19, 2014
I’m now 9 weeks post op and am very pleased with the progress. Last week I returned to work and was able to work a 10 hour shift each day. I’m an avionics technician and my job involves standing and walking on concrete, climbing stairs and ladders, squatting, kneeling, and crawling into tight spaces. My hip was tired by the end of the shift but I had very little pain. I haven’t needed to take any pain medication for a couple weeks. I’ve been pretty faithful with the physical therapy and have been walking quite a bit. I’m beginning to be able to sleep on both sides which helps me sleep much better. I can now cross my leg when putting on my shoe. The pre op joint pain I had is completely gone. So far, I’m very glad I decided to have the Birmingham hip resurfacing performed by Dr. Brooks.
I have continued to take the same supplements and vitamins that I took previously. They include a multi-vitamin, fish oil, and glucoasmine with chrondroitin. I have added a calcium supplement and have been drinking more milk to help the bones grow. I also use whey protein powder to aid in muscle repair. Not sure if you should take an iron supplement but sounds like you may need to. You could also try to increase your iron intake with your diet. (red meat, dark leafy greens, beans, ect.)
I started riding a stationary bike during the second week and have done simple physical therapy streatching and excercises nearly every day. Since getting off crutches at 6 weeks I’ve been walking as much as possible and slowly increasing the distance and difficulty (hills). I also use a foam roller for deep tissue massage of the muscles effected by the operation.
August 3, 2014
11 weeks post op and went mountain biking for the first time since the surgery yesterday. My wife went also for her first mountain biking experience ever. We went to Brown County State Park and rode 12 miles on the easier trails. Took it easy, didn’t want to risk crashing. My hip was pain free and my legs felt good. It was so nice to be out in the woods riding again. Today we went road biking in another park. I’m so glad I didn’t wait to have my hip resurfaced. My activity level had only been restricted for about 9 months prior to the surgery so my conditioning hasn’t suffered much.
August 14, 2014
I’m 3 months post op and have recently had a few dreams where I am running full out with no pain and my hip feels perfect. Then, in the dream, I remember I’m not suppose to be running yet. I’m going to have a whole new appreciation for running when the time comes.
August 31, 2014
I’m 14 weeks post BHR with Dr. Brooks and very pleased with the results so far. Can’t wait to start running again after the required 1 year healing period.
October 25, 2014
Today, only 5 months post op, I enjoyed a pain free 3 hour mountain bike ride on the trails in beautiful Brown County State Park in Indiana.