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Hip Resurfacing Serious Problems / Re: 10 years after
« Last post by packman on Yesterday at 10:41:19 PM »
Hi arthritic
Not forcefully threadjacking but ask Dr. Brooks for some statistics - think you will find joe even if this is diagnosed as trouble, would be in a very very small percentile. Dr Grossís web site has some very impressive statistics going well past 10 years.
The default usually after a resurface device issue tends towards THR but recently I have read that this is not always the case
Hip Resurfacing Serious Problems / Re: 10 years after
« Last post by ArthriticHip on Yesterday at 06:25:02 PM »
Hi Joe - I've been watching for someone to respond to your post but haven't seen a response. I'm 45 years old and unfortunately was diagnosed with arthritis about 5 years ago. It's gotten progressively worse. I went from very active in sports like basketball and golf, to being very inactive due to the pain. I'm considering having my left hip resurfaced with Dr Brookes next year. If I was older I may consider a THR but at my age, I hate to have some of the life long restrictions placed on my activities that it sounds like a THR brings with it. It sounds as if you're having some problems, 10 years out from your surgery. Was wondering if you would still recommend this surgery 10 years later? Really appreciate your response.
Congratulations on your new hip resurfacing.  Dr. Brooks is one of the best hip resurfacing surgeons in the US.

Thank You for sharing your story. The personal stories are very important.  Many perspective patients and recent patients like to read them and learn from them.  It helps to know what to expect after surgery.

I wish you the very best.  Sounds like you are doing well.  Just remember not to overdo it early in your recovery.  You will have lots of time to put the new hip to work in the future.  It will heal at it's own rate, you can't force it.  But - you have a great spring and summer to look forward to being really active and out of pain.

 When I first learned I needed a hip replacement I was 46.  I thought I was too young and tried waiting it out. I started looking for alternatives other than a full hip replacement.  My journey took me to first getting a cortisone injection. This did nothing for me other than have the experience of getting an injection in my groin. Next I started doing bikram yoga to try and gain flexibility in all my joints and hopefully relieve some of the discomfort.  This helped me gain some flexibility or not lose any more, but this did not get rid of any pain.  I also tried a chiropractor do see if my alignment was causing any/some of this issue.  No change.  My primary care physician recommended a D.O., basically a chiropractor with a medical degree.  This resulted in 5 weeks of adjustments with no change to my condition and working with a dietitian to ensure my diet was healthy and did not contain lots of foods that contribute to inflammation.   This resulted in my diet changing slightly and no more appointments after 5 weeks so no change was noticed.  At this point I was just waiting until I could not take the pain. 

The time arrived in August of 2017.  I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Peter Brooks at the Cleveland Clinic.  I first met with his PA, Phil, and reviewed my x-rays taken just prior to the appointment.  During the appointment it was confirmed that I had no cartridge left, all bone on bone, with the added fun of a big bone spur.  I decided to proceed forward with a Birmingham Resurfacing approach based on my age (now 50).  I arranged for my procedure to occur December 8, 2017. This was the first available.

Three weeks prior to the surgery I had my pro-op appointment. Nothing found as I am in fairly good shape outside of a bad hip.  This is the same day that I met Dr. Brooks.   I was told by more than one person that he was not someone you would want to have coffee with, but a great/skilled surgeon who you would want to perform surgery.  During our conversation where he answered my questions and explained the procedure I found that what I was told was wrong.  He lit up as he answered my questions and delved into not just the medical aspects, but also the mechanical aspects of what he was going to do.  I had no concerns after our meeting.

The day of surgery I arrived at 6:15 for my scheduled surgery at 9:30.   I made sure my non-surgical leg was labeled and went through the many, many questions after my arrival to ensure the medical staff had what they needed.  I was wheeled into the operating room and moved onto the surgical table.  I was asked to sit up and lean over so that they could give me a spinal.  Next thing I remember is waking up in the PCU and then being moved to my room.  Surgery took roughly 90 minutes. 

Over the next 3-4 hours the anesthesia wore off, I had lunch, and visited with my family.  Dr. Brooks and one of his staff stopped by to check their work and answer any questions. At this time I was able to move my surgical leg, bending it towards my chest, and all of the exercises they wanted me to do.  The first day I only could stand for a short period as I got light headed.  I left the hospital on Sunday, two days after surgery.  I would recommend that you bring headphones, any reading material, etc. for your stay.  Prior to leaving I was able to do 30 of each of the exercises and climb up and down the stairs with no issue or concern.
Prior to surgery I spoke with a number of folks who had the procedure and did a ton of reading.  So when I got home I had already picked up a recliner (check Facebook marketplace or craigslist). Since we did not have a recliner this was a godsend since trying to get up from a couch would have been painful and challenging each time. I also installed toilet handles on the upstairs and downstairs toilets.  These have been extremely helpful since they give you two different drugs to help you poop which are needed with the pain meds. 
Now five days since the surgery I still have pain from the surgery, but it is getting better every day.  Today I rode on a stationary bike for 25 minutes to help pump fluid out of my leg and work on flexibility. This was approved by Dr. Brooks. He encouraged me to lower the seat to gain more flexibility or as much as I can tolerate.
I will check-in and add content as my progress progresses. At this point I am planning on going back to work (remotely) after only three weeks out of the office.  My goal is to regain strength and flexibility and resume activities of hiking, biking, and daily activities pain free.

If anyone has any questions they can reach me via Facebook
8.5 Month Update Left Hip, Almost 4 months Right Hip:

Big believer in Dr. Pritchett's skills as a surgeon.

No pain.

The situation with my recovery is now so good, I have to stop doing what I normally do when trying to get from Point A to Point B around the yard, etc...move at something faster than a shuffle and slower than a jog. Remembering how at 3.5 months after left hip resurfacing I had a setback due to moving objects around, I have abstained from doing anything similar, or anything that might be against doctor's orders. My rehab consists of walking, swimming, stationary bike, and particularly stretching in the hot tub at my gym, which seems to do wonders. The swimming and stationary bike are by no means on a regular basis.

The calendar has a mark on February 22, when my right hip will have had six months to repair itself, and my left hip will have had pretty much 11 months. I will start jogging and playing half court basketball at that point.

My neighbors ask me about my surgery constantly since I was the 53 year old guy walking around like he had a back problem, when in fact it was my hips. Wish I had found out about this surgery sooner. I tell people I don't even know I had the surgery at this point in the recovery process, except when performing certain tasks, like trying to bend down to pick something up off the carpet, or pick up after my dog.  It can be a chore...but it is getting better. If there is a car bumper or chair nearby, I am golden.

Good luck to all, keep the stories coming please, and Thank You so much Patricia for this site.

Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Bilateral Procedure
« Last post by Joe_CA on December 13, 2017, 06:06:25 PM »
Hi Peter,

Definitely do not do them at the same time. That's insane! It's much better to wait one, two days between surgeries. :-)  *rim shot*.

All joking aside, I had bilateral resurfacing with Dr. Gross on a Monday and Wednesday in the same week *exactly* one year ago today. I'm doing great. I wouldn't hesitate to do go for the bilateral option all over again. If you waited far longer than you should have, and let your hips deteriorate really bad like me, then it's a no-brainer. I don't think I'm stretching the truth when I say that for normal activities (walking, sleeping), I was already better at 2,3 weeks post-op then I was before the surgeries. So for me, if I'm going to be moving around for a few months with a semi-sore hip occasionally (which by the way, should be much less sore compared to the pain you feel before the surgeries), why not get them both done and get it over with?

As Quig recommended, head over to the Bilateral Stories section and read our accounts.

Good luck with whatever you decide.
Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Bilateral Procedure
« Last post by moe on December 12, 2017, 09:21:12 PM »
I agree with Quig, one surgery, one rehab. You will need more help at first. It depends on the surgeon also, most won't do it. Mine were done the same day, no regrets.
Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Bilateral Procedure
« Last post by Quig on December 12, 2017, 09:00:02 PM »
Hey Peter, check out the 'Bilateral' page on the forums here, there's plenty of us who've shared our stories there. 

But, to briefly answer your questions here... I'd do it again without a second thought! The major benefit of going bilateral is suffering through ONE recovery, albeit a harder one. The first week or so isn't easy but it gets better quickly. Again, I would not hesitate to do it again.

My advice is if you're in good physical shape and have a little assistance available for the early days post surgery to go for it. I think others will say the same.

Hip Resurfacing Topics / Bilateral Procedure
« Last post by PeterT on December 12, 2017, 07:27:05 PM »
Hi.  I am wondering if anyone who has had a bilateral HR procedure (both hips at same time) can share their experience and how they are doing or any thoughts on advantages/disadvantages of doing both at the same time vs spacing them out.  Thank you.
Biking/Mountain Biking / Re: My 5yr Bi-Lat Anniversary
« Last post by gasyz on December 11, 2017, 06:39:53 PM »
Thats ace news.Seems even better when we accomplish our goals with all the problems we've been through.keep it up and good luck.
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