Lkalok's Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Pressman 2011

March 12, 2011

I recently had my second BHR on my left hip on Feb. 28, 2011 by Dr. Ari Pressman (Southwestern PA). I am 12 days post op and feeling great! My only problem is that I developed a large hematoma under my incision (about the size of a mango.) I went to see Dr. Pressman for my followup visit yesterday and he suggested draining the hematoma with a syringe. Since I had not bathed since my surgery (except for sponge baths) I was worried about infection & declined the draining. He didn't push the issue. The incision is healed and I can now bathe. The steri-strips are still mostly intact. The bump on my hip is annoying but not painful. It does not interfere with my PT or walking.

March 13, 2011

I am a 4th degree Master black belt in Tang Soo Do and my husband and I run a karate school. I am 13 days post op my second BHR on the left hip. I had the right hip done on 2-25-08.

With the right hip it took me a year and a half to get back to practicing martial arts but that was only because i had sciatic nerve damage and foot drop. However, my biggest drawback was fear. Once I started training I took it slow and didn't kick above the waist. I wasn't long before i was doing front snap kicks, roundhouse kicks and inside-outside kicks over my head again! I don't have all my flexibility back (my signature break was holding a board over my head and breaking it with my right foot.) I still have some difficulty with pivoting kicks but that was due to the arthritis in my left hip. Hopefully that will be resolved after this surgery!

The key is to take it slow and have the patience to let your body heal. The first time I had no choice because of the nerve damage (which is mostly resolved now) but this time there is nothing to hold me back and it will be hard not to overdo it.

I am a 52 year old female and for the past 20 years martial arts has been a very big part of my life. At one point I thought I would have to give it up but I didn't! I may not have the most perfect kicks but I am not ashamed to get out there with my students and take my husbands class. They know what I've been through. The perseverance, intensity and patience that I have learned through years of martial arts training have enabled me to overcome many obstacles. That's the most important lesson for my students to learn.

 was scared to death! With my RBHR on 2-25-08 I had sciatic nerve damage and foot drop. The hip is great but what a struggle I had with pain and limitations for a while. That's all resolved now and even through all that I would have done the same over and did do it again with a LBHR on 2-28-11!!! My left hip was so bad that if I had waited 2 more months I probably would have had to have a total hip. I am 52 years young and extremely active. I live to exercise and teach karate. I guess my fear of inactivity overcame my fear of the surgery. Now I feel like I have a second chance to live my life the way I want to - hiking, camping, dancing, kicking and sweating!!!


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