Published: 18 June 2013
Last Updated: 11 October 2013
Created: 11 October 2013
Kate's Hip Resurfacing with Mr. Moss 2013
May 25, 2013
My name is Kate and I have just had a resurfacing to my right hip at age 41.
I live in Haslemere and had the operation in Chichester, West Sussex by Mr.
13 years ago I was walking down the road in London where I lived at the time and
felt my hip 'go' along with a very sharp pain completely out of the blue. I had
always been sporty doing everything from tennis to netball, aerobics, hockey
etc! It didn't happen again for about a month and then only once in a while - I
just put it down to being one of those things!
After the birth of my son the pain started to be more regular and I visited to
doctor who did various xrays and MRI scans to finally discover arthritis in the
right hip joint. I have no family history or previous injury on this hip so I
was very surprised! my first op was to have a cyst removed from the top of the
femur and bone graft applied to smooth the joint in the socket. this lasted a
couple of years and then started to get worse.
6 years after having my son, i was pregnant with my daughter and the pain
disappeared completely even though I was probably the heaviest I had ever been
in my life. But as my doctor said at the time you can't be pregnant for the rest
of your life!!
After my daughter was born in 2011, the pain has just got worse and worse and I
was starting to take regular ibuprofen before and after any walking and sport
just became too painful. Then I knew I had reached the end of the road and that
a hip replacement was the next step, that was until I visited my doctor and he
explained the idea of resurfacing to me.
This seemed like the logical next step to me so I decided to go ahead and have
the operation. I had this done on 17 May and a week later I am sitting here
typing this after a day where I managed to walk to the local park with my kids
(with crutches and very slowly!). whilst I know there is a long way to go and i
keep getting soooo frustrated as I am usually a busy working mum running all
over the place,i know in the long run my life will be, fingers crossed, improved
This website has already given me some very useful information in the short time
I have been on here and I cannot thank you enough for providing a forum for
something which is quite frankly quite scary! Talking to others in the same boat
helps no end and I look forward to sharing my progress with you all across the
May 27, 2013
Day 10 and feeling better in my hip area by the day. however my knee and
ankle are still really swollen and painful and my lower back is agony every time
I lie down in bed.
June 2, 2013
I am 2 weeks and 2 days in - not that I am counting or anything?!
Had the same bruising on my leg which pretty much has all moved down towards my
shins which are a delightful colour of green! (so quite pleased I am wearing the
stockings to hide this at the moment!!) swollen ankles and sore lower back.
feeling much better this weekend though and actually managed to get out for a
dinner party with friends which made me very proud of myself considering 2 weeks
before I couldn't even get out of my hospital bed!!
Just been for one of my walks around the corner and managed a few steps without
putting too much pressure down on the crutches.
I am so impatient but everyone's stories help me realize whats happening is
normal and that i need to find the strength to be even more patient to be able
to reap the best reward in the future months.
June 5, 2013
Coming up for 3 weeks on Friday, but still getting a lot of pain in and
around the hip joint - is this normal? I am completely paranoid! but Mr. Moss
had said to me when he did the HR the bone was quite soft as I had not been
weight bearing properly on this leg for a few years. so this worry is what is in
June 6, 2013
3 weeks tomorrow. feeling like I have hit a bit of a plateau with no real
change over the last couple of days. I know deep down that the initial fast
recovery from completely unable to move in hospital to being able to walk down
the road on crutches is amazing, i think i just expected to carry on recovering
at the same pace week on week!
June 10, 2013
I am 3 weeks post op and have pains in my knees quite often, getting pins and
needles in my hands, shoulder pain today and back pain previously.
Had some great ideas from the lovely people on this site though especially the
cushion under your knees at night for the back pain - works a treat. just tilts
your pelvis enough to reduce the pressure on the lower back.
for me I put the back and shoulder pain down to walking normally for once after
years of walking with a limp. not sure about the pins and needles today - feels
a bit weird! hoping its not too serious!!
June 13, 2013
I am at 4 weeks tomorrow - not sure where that week went! been doing some
work from home which has taken my mind off things a little. but the major
achievement has been to walk to my son's school to pick him up for the first
time yesterday - his smile when he saw me made all the effort worthwhile :)
Pain is better today, it's still there with full weight bearing and still using
2 crutches outside but the movement is feeling more natural and people say I am
walking faster than I was. I also think the swelling in the joint must be going
down as I don't feel so much like I have one leg longer than the other.
June 22, 2013
5 weeks yesterday and what a difference a week makes! I might be speaking too
soon but the pain has been so much less this week, the movement in my leg is so
much better too.
longer walks are actually enjoyable and can now do more movement in the PT
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now!!
Still on crutches outside (more fear of falling than pain. But inside have done
quite a lot of walking with none at all!! Practicing walking without the limp
and occasionally get it right which is so satisfying as I haven't walked
normally for about 3 years!!
Hopefully back in the car at the end of the week and no more surgical stockings
as of Friday - happy days!!
July 5, 2013
7 weeks today and my big news is that I walked outside with no crutches! Felt
very odd to be out without my friends (as I like to call them!) but it was ok.
This morning was easier and for about 5 minutes I actually forgot about my hip
while chatting to my son on the way to his school. I actually got goosebumps
when I realized I had forgotten!
This afternoon the heavy leg was back as I had got tired but now I know I can
feel no pain without any assistance I feel so positive.
Check up with mr moss on Wednesday next week so will be good to see the X-ray
and find out if all is ok in there but it feels ok so fingers crossed.
July 17, 2013
had my check up with my consultant ( I am 9 weeks this Friday) and all good!
He is pleased with how my recovery has gone and has given me the ok to break the
90 degree rule and just do everything normally - except running or any other
impact sport. Had soft bone when he did the op due to lack of activity over the
last years so need to build up the density before I am allowed to do more.
so can swim, bike at the gym, walk, cross trainer - all the non-impact things -
which is great! Managing to walk with no crutches all the time now and almost
not limping - although it sneaks back when I am tired or stiff after sitting for
too long in one position.
driving is ok but after an hour or so need to stretch leg out as get pain in my
knee!i think this is fluid building up as it seemed to go after elevating the
July 30, 2013
nearly 11 weeks now and feeling better every day. almost forgetting I have
had anything done as i run around starting my new life! I cannot honestly
believe I have no pain on walking in my hip - its amazing.
Went swimming this weekend and managed pretty well just a bit stiff the next day
but looking forward to doing this more and more and getting back in the gym.
October 11, 2013
Now at just short of 5 months and enjoying my new lifestyle - in the last 2
weeks I have been swimming lengths of front crawl and breast stroke. Joined a
ballet class (no jumping though so improvising at the back!!) and joining a
Pilates class in the next week.
Week one of the swimming and dancing caused a slight burning sensation in my
muscles and my lower back was painful. This week so far so good! Just can't
believe I am back doing things after such a short time really.
Looking forward to next year when I can add the impact sports -already planning
the tennis matches, hockey and netball!!! All I can say is thank god I did this
when I did - my life has transformed and I am so much happier in my self - oh
and I have set up my own business as well! Having time to consider my life work
balance as I recovered made me realise this was the way forward.