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Hip Resurfacing Stories / Re: JD's story
« Last post by Shotohips on Yesterday at 07:34:13 PM »
All of you are amazing and truly inspiring. Keep up the good work!

Hip Resurfacing Stories / Surgery w/ Dr. De Smet on June 6
« Last post by Shotohips on Yesterday at 05:32:19 PM »
Hello All,

Checking in after surgery 2-weeks ago. All is well and I am feeling pretty good about everything. Travels to Belgium were smooth and my entire experience with Dr. De Smet, the hospital, and hotel stay was really good. Everyone was professional and really kind. First 4-5 days really sucked because I had a fever, but after that everything has been really smooth. I was off the hard narcotics three days after surgery, and the strong paracetamol after 5 days. Right now, I am just taking my anti inflammatories as recommended, blood thinners, and vitamins.

Walking has improved everyday and so has the ROM. I transitioned from two crutches to one after the tenth day and I will use the one crutch until my 4-5 week mark as recommended from Dr. De Smet's PT. It would be really hard to not to use the one crutch anyways. I am doing quite a bit of walking and my simple PT exercises daily (including stationary bike), but also keeping in mind not to overdue it. I am wary of my hip flexors :)

Overall, I am very pleased and happy so far. I do have tightness and have inner groin pain (especially if I do too much), but I am trying to learn from my previous surgeries and not over think things. I know this is a long recovery process even though the mountains here in Chamonix are calling my name![size=78%] [/size]

One thing I found interesting was Dr. De Smet's no restriction protocol! He just says listen to your body, which is the best advise, but what about sports?? I am a paraglider amongst other things, and he thought after 3 months it would be ok! We will see about that one!

Anyhow, if anyone has any questions or comments, please don't hold back. If you want to know more about my background, you can see it in my previous posts:,6071.0.html,6054.0.html

Oh, most importantly, thank you Pat the Surface Hippy community. Everyone here has been instrumental through out this whole process! I will do my best to share and update appropriately. Talk Soon!


Hip Resurfacing Stories / Re: Waiting for pain free
« Last post by KBeach on June 19, 2017, 01:37:03 AM »
Surgery went great. Met with Dr. Gross next day and he said I was bone on bone at the top femoral head.

Traveled 4 hours home the next day and it really took a toll on me. I do not know how some of youdid14 hour drives. Until today, I have been sleeping all the time since my surgery. Today was the first day I could stay awake for more than two hours.

Dr. Gross and staff are great.Along with this site I had great feeling of confidence.
Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Metal Iron Levels.
« Last post by karlos.bell on June 18, 2017, 09:59:50 AM »
 8) My research told me 2 years 5 years and 10 years. Then 15 years. Then 20 years.
That was the Dr said (De Smet)  you should do.
I would care if they are high due is it wear or is it I cannot get rid of the cobalt or Chromium.
High blood serum levels can be caused by bad fitted joints (metal  matter)which in turn can damage tissue around the joint. So one should keep an eye on it.  8 ppm is high and you will get tissue disruption apparently. Remember is that for 1 hip or 2?

The bad press about Metal on Metal is almost non existent in my case that is what I am pointing out.

Cheers K :)
Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: 5-6 weeks out
« Last post by blinky on June 16, 2017, 10:44:18 PM »
Hey! Glad you are feeling well and getting back into life.

About overdoing it. I wasn't sore per se either. It was more like my hip would swell or feel swollen even if it didn't look swollen, especially at the stage you are now, like six weeks to six months out. I'd ice and elevate in response, this early on, even go back to the cane/crutches for a few days.

I clunked when I stressed myself in new ways for about the first four months. The stress could be range of motion or more motion. It pretty much went away after that. However, I am about a year and a half out and did clunk again when I did a new exercise class with a lot of leaping and hopping and undulating (one legged hopping), followed by some range of motion testing moves. (It was a hip hop dance class taught by a local pro basketball dancer. Yes, it is fair to ask what an old person like me is doing in that class....I was curious. It was fun.) And I had that, old swollen feeling again. (So I will take a break from hip hop dancing for a little while. )

Breaststroke kick. It came back slowly. I could do a legal breaststroke kick with my feet pointing and flexing and both legs moving symmetrically before six months out.

Keep us posted! Tell us about China and the metal detectors.
Hip Resurfacing Topics / 5-6 weeks out
« Last post by lizard on June 16, 2017, 09:49:37 PM »
Hi fellow hippies.  I had L resurfacing done by Dr. Gross 5/10/2016.  Of course everyone in my city (Austin, TX) advised me against it, even a ortho here in town that does them.  Well it's true that he couldn't do my surgery anyway bcs I'm a tiny female.  But once I read about Dr. Gross, I knew the trip to South Carolina would be worth it.  So far my recovery has been entirely uneventful, thank goodness, because I'm going on vacation to China tomorrow.  I just got my 6week followup xray (looks fine by my eye, I'm a radiologist, but don't see these films since no one really does them here), and PT evaluation (looks good for this stage).  The PT had me do the stage 2 exercises, which didn't bother me at the time, but I'm kinda limping today (thought I'd stopped that).  Couple questions:  I never can tell I've overdone it until the next morning when my tendons(?) hurt as I lay in bed.  Not the typical muscle soreness I'm used to from training.  Anyone else like that?  I also have alot on clunking as I get toward the limits of my current range of motion, it doesn't hurt.  Any guess how long I'll be like that?  Did anyone else have that but when did it go away?  When can I start doing yoga again?  And breast stroke kick?  Thanks!

Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Metal Iron Levels.
« Last post by chuckm on June 15, 2017, 07:55:31 PM »

Everything I learned about elevated metal ion levels from hip resurfacing is that everyone tolerates the ions differently. Some people are perfectly fine with elevated levels while some have symptoms below acceptable levels.

Recently I learned of a woman who had her hip resurfacing revised to a total hip replacement because her tests showed she had elevated metal ion counts.
But, she had NO symptoms.

I can't tell you if she was following medical advice with the revision or if she just decided herself to have the revision.


Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Metal Iron Levels.
« Last post by blinky on June 15, 2017, 06:33:18 PM »
I don't know of any.

From the old studies collection, wasn't there an issue with cobalt or chromium added to beer to give the beer a better head that made people sick?

I found this, but it seems to express surprise that there was an issue.
Hip Resurfacing Topics / Re: Metal Iron Levels.
« Last post by chuckm on June 15, 2017, 12:59:46 PM »

I have done research and nothing suggests problems anything like that. But I did most of my research several years ago and I thought perhaps there are new studies out there that contradict previous studies.

Hip Resurfacing Stories / Re: Waiting for pain free
« Last post by Ljpviper on June 14, 2017, 05:22:45 PM »

  You’re in good hands with Dr.Gross. There are a few of us on this board with failed scopes(me being one of them).

My FAI repair lasted only two years before it went downhill fast. I also had a lot of joint space on the x-ray but once inside Dr.Gross found a substantial amount of grade 4 arthritis.

Good luck,

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