Published: 22 September 2013
Last Updated: 22 September 2013
Created: 22 September 2013
Jill's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Schemitsch 2009
October 6, 2010
I had my right hip resurfaced in June 2009. I have scuba dived for many
years, and enjoyed my first post-surgical dive last month. I had no problems
while diving, (though some struggle to get back into the boat!) I happened to
mention the dive while chatting with a group of friends, which included a
doctor, who is also a diver. He was horrified that I had dived at nine months
post op. and said that air pockets behind the implant could have expanded as I
came back up, loosening the implant.
He suggested I delay any further dives until at least 18 months, by which
time, hopefully, the bone will have grown into the spaces. Would be very
interested to hear other people’s experiences.
I was certainly capable of physically sitting at the computer soon after
surgery, (though I was more comfortable with my leg up in a recliner or
similar.) My problem was that my head seemed to be somewhere else for at least
the first four weeks or so. I'm a university prof, so I was trying to write
academic material, plus I had graduate students sending me theses to review etc.
Frankly my brain didn't work in its usual way - at first I thought it was just
the pain killers, but I was able to stop those within a week or two, yet the
diminished brain power effects continued.
My surgeon puts all his resurf patients on a touch only weight bearing status
for six weeks, as he believes this gives the capsule the best chance to heal. It
was somewhat frustrating to be shuffling on a walker for such a long time while
reading accounts of others who were walking much earlier, but once I was given
weight bearing permission at six weeks, I found that walking was pain free right
away, though a little wobbly for a day or two. It just needed a few days to
discard the cane entirely indoors, though I would carry it with me outside for a
few weeks as a way to fend off other pedestrians who might jostle me.
I'm at ten months now, and am thrilled with my pain free, pill free hip.
I had a numb area about a half inch deep all along the rear side of my
incision. It took about six months to go away, but the sensation did return,
presumably as the cut nerves regrew.