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Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Surgery Scheduled - Questions for group
« Last post by Quig on Today at 07:16:30 PM »
I'll echo those above me, it sure sounds like it's time.

To answer your questions;

1. Yes, those symptoms make perfect sense. Many of us have experienced them. In my case I had certainly graduated to 'extreme excruciating pain' at times. And sleeping was really, really bad.

2. I don't see any reason to wait. It's clearly having a significant effect on your life. Around here you'll hear over, and over and over "I wish I had done it sooner...". I'm one of those. I suffered mightily for a couple years and since my surgeries have felt sooooooo much better.

3. Short answer; YES. Long answer; I'm a bilateral. My left hip had minimal symptoms (pain was minimal and ROM still quite good) but was bone on bone in the X-rays. My right hip was really, really bad and had terrible range of motion and flexibility. I mean TERRIBLE! I'm currently approaching 2 years post surgery and the improvement is beyond description and continues to improve. I marvel at the things I can do now... it really is remarkable.

And though it's probably not necessary, here's another vote of confidence for Dr. Gross and co. I just can't overstate how nice everyone is and how good they ALL are at their jobs.

Good luck!
Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Working While 10% Weight Bearing??
« Last post by ArthriticHip on Today at 03:58:25 PM »
I wouldn't risk going back to work. Just not worth it. Stay home and heal. You've gone through so much in getting this surgery, don't risk hurting your recovery by rushing back to work too soon. With only a 10% weight bearing recommendation from your surgeon it would only take a minor slip getting out of your car to potentially hurt yourself, not much margin for error.

Good luck.
Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Surgery Scheduled - Questions for group
« Last post by blinky on Today at 01:05:03 PM »
I'll chime in to say my ROM has improved and is still improving since surgery, but I am sure I won't get back to the extreme limberness I had in my teens and twenties.

A symptom of my dysplasia was extreme flexibility. I could do all kind of splits and high kicks. It was an advantage for some sports and activities, but not normal. As my arthritis progressed, I lost that flexibility. Loss of ROM, not pain,  was the first sign of my arthritis. Pre op I could tie my shoes, but could no longer sit cross legged.

Everything tightened up post op. My strength and endurance came back pretty quickly, much to my delight. I went into surgery looking forward to being able to walk as much as I wanted and to move without a limp, hoping to run a little bit. Within a few weeks it became obvious that walking would not be a problem, and running was likely. Now I am eager to see how fast and far I can run.

ROM? It wasn't a priority so I haven't pushed it, but it has been coming back on its own. Tying shoes was never an issue, but after about six months I could sit cross legged again. I can do decently high kicks to the front, but don't have the lateral flexibility I once had. (I think my hips used to be able to slide out of the sockets to let me do some things I used to do.) I'd say now, at two and half years post op, I have better than normal, but not freaky, flexibility.

Best of luck. Your symptoms sound familiar. I let it go too long, until I had trouble sleeping and couldn't do simple daily activities.
Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Hip Flexor pain 8 weeks out
« Last post by Tri Hard Alan on Today at 09:16:03 AM »

2) Sharp pain at hip flexor when knee is bent past 90 (sitting in chair putting shoe on, or at pt when he attempts to stretch flexor. This is a jolting pain -

This is why a lot of surgeons advise you to not have PT. But saying that I agree with the other posters that it is beneficial.

I would suggest listen to your body and if its painful tell the physio to stop doing it. Be firm with them. You have to judge yourself but stretching beyond a stiff point till it becomes an ache is probably OK but anything that you would describe as sharp, then no, tell them to stop.

It dos all get much better with time though so you will need some patience.
I would add, re question 3, is do not expect the full range of motion and flexibility you had before your hips started to trouble you. I only had one side done but was warned this one will never have the same ROM as my operated side. But to be honest this isn't a problem at all.

If you are patient after surgery, start and follow a strengthening program at the right time you will have reasonable flexibility and ROM and more importantly go back to all your previous activities.

Good luck.
Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Surgery Scheduled - Questions for group
« Last post by John C on Yesterday at 08:03:47 PM »
In answer to your questions:
1. Yes, those exact symptoms are very familiar to many of us, and are what lead us to choosing surgery.
2. Timing is very personal. I had my first hip resurfaced by Dr Gross 10 years ago after dealing with a painful hip for almost 10 years before that. At the time Dr Gross said that the x-rays of my other hip showed that it was also a candidate. I was not having any pain in the other hip at the time, so I just had the one hip done. About four years later the other hip started going bad, and I am having it resurfaced by Dr Gross at the end of this ski season. Why did I wait so long? When I measured the risks of surgery versus the limitations and pain that I was dealing with, I was still able to be fully (though painfully) active in all my sports so I kept putting it off until this year. If it comes out as good as my first hip, it will seem foolish to have waited and dealt with the pain. If something unlikely goes wrong, I will be glad that I milked a few more fully active, though painful, years out of my natural hip.
3. Yes, you should expect to get flexibly and range of motion back within a few months of the surgery, but I would expect it to be commensurate with a normal hip your current age, as opposed to making you feel 20 again.
Dr Gross and his team are outstanding, so the surgical experience will likely be better than you expect. The road to recovery is a winding road full of surprises and occasionally some setbacks, so be prepared for that.
Dr Gross made two key comments to me during the process. When he first examined my first hip, he said "I can make you a lot better". He was right. Shortly after that surgery when I was having some strange sensations in my new hip, he said "You have to expect some things like that, you have a metal joint." Reasonable expectations are good.
I have two friends, male and female, who were in a car accident about 7 years ago resulting in fractures and eventual AVN. Both are avid cyclist and skiers. Within the past couple of years they have both had their damaged hips resurfaced by Dr Gross and are back to all of their sports. The male cyclist has commented that he is still challenged to get full strength back on that leg, and the lady who is deeply into yoga still has some flexibility issues at extreme ranges, both of which are still true for me as well at 10 years out. However, we are all basically pain free with very active sports lifestyles.
Hip Resurfacing Topics / Surgery Scheduled - Questions for group
« Last post by Philbrd on Yesterday at 06:15:44 PM »
Hi All,
I am also new to this forum and have seen similar questions as what I am about to ask.  However, I feel compelled to ask since each person is different.  I have seen Orthopaedic in Concord NH and the xrays show osteoarthritis in both hips.   They suggest THR at some point in time and definitely have not recommended Hip resurfacing.   I am 52 and up until a year ago was very active - running 20 mpw, hockey, hiking, skiing, etc.  I've pretty much had to stop running and hockey.  The pain is not what I would call terrible - most notably if I bend forward at the waist.  What is really challenging is stiffness.  If I hike, play hockey etc i am very stiff for what seems like days.  I feel I have also lost a lot flexibility - fairly rapidly in the past year.  For example, bending to put on a snowshoe is difficult.  Some pain but very stiff.  My wife notices a pretty continuous limp.   Ironically, I have the most pain at night - and not predictable.  I'll wake up with pain deep in hip - I cannot correlate what brings on the pain at night.  I did have a cortisone shot and that has helped.  I have spoken to Dr. Gross and he says I am a good candidate for Hip resurfacing so I am scheduled for Bilateral resurfacing, with a visit at his office for the bone test and current xray in a couple of weeks. 

So here are my questions for the group:
1)  Do these symptoms sound similar to other - particularly stiffness with persistent pain, but the pain is positional and not unbearable?
2)  I think I know the answer, but is there an advantage to putting it off.  I've tried stretching a program called FAI Fix, strengthening but nothing seems to improve.  I find symptoms do diminish at times, but seem to be progressively getting works (say over the past year). 
3) with hip resurfacing, can i expect to gain flexibility and range of motion back?

Thanks in advance for any insights,

Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Working While 10% Weight Bearing??
« Last post by imgetinold on March 21, 2018, 09:43:31 PM »
I would just not rush it.  If you can afford to just stay put and rest it, do so.  Dr. Gross is the best (did mine in 2012), and I would follow his recommendation to a "T".  Also, you have the rest of your life to work out, pain-free.  Don't potentially mess it up by pushing too fast too soon.

In a year, you'll hardly remember the hip pain at all.  In six, you won't ever think about it.

Best of luck!

Congrats!  I'm halfway there, and agree totally with you about the "rest of the body" comment.  The other hip is now showing the telltale signs of being ready as well.......

Here's to 12 more!
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