Published: 01 December 2014
Last Updated: 01 December 2014
Created: 01 December 2014
Lucinda Tucker's Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Barba 2006/2010
Nov 26, 2014
Hard to believe 8 years ago I had my first resurf and started resuming life
as someone that was no longer crippled. Then 4 years later I need a resurf
on my other hip. Since then it's been smooth sailing. I've resumed all the
activities I'd slowly given up because of the crippling hip pain. When my
first hip started going bad all I heard was you're too young for a hip
replacement, you need to wait as long as you can. In 2006 when it received
FDA approval I got it done as soon as possible. Not a moment of regret!!!
Here's to all of us who have made the journey and to those about to embark.
Have a happy life!!
To Keith,Pat & Peggy who helped show the way and provided information for
many of us, thank you so much for all your help. For Vicky that helped
many, rest in peace.
LBHR 11/26/2006 Barba
RBHR 10/6/2010 Barba
October 4, 2012p
I'm still going strong with my two resurf's.
Thanks again for all the work you put into your site. I know I owe you
and others like you who helped get the word out in the early days. Hard
to believe my LH is almost 6 years old and the RH 2 years.
I had problems with what I thought was my lower back for
years. Started in my early 40's. I then started noticing that my leg would feel
like it was going to give out as I went down stairs or got up from a chair. The
pain became more noticeable at night after a busy day. I saw my Dr., had x-rays
and while there was some evidence of OA in my back, not to the extent that I
should be in the amount of pain I was. I was given Naproxen and started seeing a
chiro periodically, in the interim the pain got worse.
Finally at 49 my GP sent me to a rheumatologist. She asked if anyone had looked
at my hips and I said no. Sent me for x-rays and sure enough, hips were wearing
out. She explained that I needed to limit my weight bearing activities as I was
too young for hip replacement and I was going to need both done eventually. She
put me on NSAIDS and gave me trammadol for the night pain. As with most folks I
couldn't believe I needed hip replacement, I was too young. I slowly began to
give things up. I used to walk 3 miles a day, then 2, then 1, then the last year
none. I went on the internet and found out about hip resurfacing,it didn't have
FDA approval yet. I read the book by Peggy Gabriel and decided resurf was the
way I wanted to go.
Mentioned it to my rheumatologist on my next visit and she said she hadn't heard
of it. Encouraged me to wait until I was at least 55 because I didn't want to
have to have at least one or two revisions. I was then sent to pain management.
I had several hip injections for the pain. The first was wonderful, lasted about
6 months, the 2nd about 3 months and the 3rd really didn't help.
Luckily about this time resurf received FDA approval. I saw that Dr. Barba's
name was on the list. Checked out his credentials: Dr. Barba practices general
orthopedics with emphasis in adult reconstructive surgery and primary and
revision joint replacement surgery. I made an appointment to meet him. I had
seen four other OS during my journey to resurfacing, none who did the procedure
or recommended it. Dr. Barba was new to the procedure, we discussed that. He
spent alot of time with me discussing resurfacing and he was pleased that I had
done my homework and was able to discuss the procedure with him. He also
explained that he had hip problems and hip resurfacing would probably be in his
future, hence his interest in the procedure. He looked at my x-rays and said
"you must be in a lot of pain, let's fix that".
Out of the other surgeons I had talked to, I liked this man. I liked that he
talked to me, not at me. I liked his credentials and even though I was to be
only his 3rd resurfacing, I decided to go with him. I haven't once regretted my
decision. The constant bone ache was gone when I woke up. He checked with me
after surgery to make sure that my pain was under control. He's made himself
available to any questions or concerns.
I'm sure that all of us that have had successful surgery that has made a big
impact in our life love our Dr.'s. The resurf surgery gave me back my mobility
and my ability to again enjoy an active life and I am so grateful to Dr. Barba.
My right hip now is doing some complaining and when the time comes, I wouldn't
hesitate to have Dr. Barba take care of it for me.
LBHR 11/27/06 Dr. Barba