Published: 04 November 2013
Last Updated: 04 November 2013
Created: 04 November 2013
Jeff's Hip Resurfacing Dr. Dolan 2011
November 28, 2011
I had my surgery on 11/15 (LBHR) and it will be two weeks tomorrow. I see the
surgeon on Tuesday (11/30) for my first post op visit. So far, everything has
been going better than expected. I will be on crutches for three weeks (one to
go!) and then I will start walking unassisted.
I am very happy that I finally had the resurface procedure done. It has been
five years of a slow downhill fall with pain and stiffness (especially the last
year). I just turned 40 and am still very active. I knew I was making the right
decision when during my "pre-op" class, I saw someone a little bit older than
myself using a cane. After chatting with him, the main point he made was he
wished he did the procedure sooner. He was getting a THR since his hip was
completely messed up from an acccident.
My main activity is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which I've been doing for 14 years. I
could still do it (barely); in fact I rolled two days prior to surgery. My left
hip was almost frozen and I was developing issues with my other hip as well.
Everytime I tried to stretch my hip and get a little flexibility, it would
return to back.
One of the greatest benefits from the surgery is that my spirits have gone up to
an all time high. The majority of my time being laid up has been watching and
studying BJJ instructionals and I cannot wait to get back already. My surgeon
has told me to wait six months and I understand that it might take over a year
to be fully recovered. I've been seeing an in-home PT and using my spinning
bike. This has helped out a lot.
Thanks to all for posting your thoughts on this forum; reading about everybody's
progress and journeys is very uplifting and provides great insight.
-LBHR Dr. Mark Dolan, Northwestern, Chicago