Published: 29 August 2013
Last Updated: 29 August 2013
Created: 29 August 2013
Jean Marie's Hip Resurfacing 2011
July 8, 2011
I am an active and busy 37 year old elementary school principal and mother of
5 who had a hip resurfacing on my right hip three weeks ago. Reading posts of
people my age and even younger has reassured me that I am not alone. I ran my
first (and probably last) marathon last November and that's when the pain in my
right hip started. X-rays confirmed I had no cartilage left in the joint (how is
that even possible!) and I could take pain pills to deal with it or have
surgery. After much research on the internet and hearing personal stories, I
decided to go for the surgery.
It has been 23 days since my surgery and I am walking with stiffness, but
considerably less pain than pre-surgery. However, I am trying to adjust to the
I am very active in my church and community and have had to explain my
condition many, many times. I was on crutches after the marathon for 6 weeks
when it was originally diagnosed as a femoral head stress fracture and I had
600+ students and staff members who wanted to know what had happened and were
surprised when I had to have my joint surgery. I guess it just gets old
explaining it to people and I have never known anyone to have hip surgery, much
less someone my age. I did have the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing surgery instead
of total replacement. I guess it's pretty clear from my post that I am
struggling with accepting my new joint. I'm sure with time, it will become more
July 21, 2011
Well, it's been 5 weeks now since my right resurfacing, and I'm feeling much
better. Thank you all for your encouraging posts. You brought me out of my pity
party, along with reading many other posts on various topics.
I have been working hard in physical therapy getting ready for my 6 week post op
appointment. My son started football and I have been able to walk him there
every day, even down a steep slope into the football stadium, (and back up
again). My son is 9 years old, in case you were wondering why his mommy needs to
I am beginning to feel more like my old self, so I agree that instead of the new
normal, maybe this is the start to a better normal, without nagging joing pain.
I'm not taking any medicine anymore and only get sore after my PT overworks my
muscles, and even then, it's a completely different pain.
This is an amazing resource for anyone contemplating surgery or who has had BHR.
I enjoy checking back in with you all and know that we share a bond!