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LBHR November 30, 2012
« on: February 14, 2013, 08:07:54 PM »
I had LBHR by Dr. Friedrich Boettner at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City on November 30th 2012. Dr. Boettner is one of the two hip resurfacing specialists at HSS. The other is the famous Dr. Edwin Su. But, don’t underestimate Dr. Boettner, he has done hundreds of resurfacings and was trained in the McMinn technique in England. He has an impeccable resume and I sensed he was a perfectionist – a good quality to have when installing the BHR components.
I am a 46 year old male 6’1” 195 lbs and an avid soccer player and coach.  I am a former Division 1 college soccer player. My hips began losing their range of motion back in my early thirties although they never hurt at all and were never weak. At the age of about 42 I began seeing doctors about low back pain and it took several years and many different doctors until one took an x-ray of my hips and found they were the source of my back problems. Not until recently did I ever connect the dots that the loss of my ROM was the onset of osteoarthritis. Turns out I had severe OA of the left hip and femoroacetabular impingement too (FAI).
Immediately after my resurfacing, I was convinced that I was the rare case where the device had come loose from the start. It seemed to be the only possible explanation for the surprise "clunks and weight bearing shifts" I was experiencing. Well, at my three week post-op visit, the x-rays proved that the device was still perfectly positioned. What a huge relief. But what questions I had about these sensations. None of it caused any pain so my surgeon said not to worry. Since then I made myself really busy with rehab three times a week and intense stretching and just plain ignoring the stunning sounds and shifts I was feeling.
A month later at week seven I felt so good that I got a little ahead of my rehab program. I discovered I could jog and bounce up the stairs like a normal person. I only tried those activities one day just to see how strong I was and there was no pain whatsoever. It was amazing seeing my leg able to move where it couldn’t before the surgery. Since that day I have gone back to walking and continued stretching like my recovery program requires.
At 10 weeks I feel and know that I could do any sports I want. Sticking to the six month wait time to begin sports will be an interesting time. To be absolutely sure something doesn’t go wrong with the device is worth waiting. My surgeon has already given me the green light to return to soccer and whatever else I want as soon as I hit that six month mark so I am very enthused. By the way, the clunking and shifting isn’t that much different than before but just by ignoring it you realize it really is nothing more than a distraction. It doesn’t impact any activities unless you choose to let it.
Left BHR 11/30/12
Hospital for Special Surgery
46 years old


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Re: LBHR November 30, 2012
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013, 12:02:26 PM »
Thanks for the input. Before my surgery my participation in impact sports was down at least 90% but not completely gone so I'm thinking the strength of my femoral neck will be better than someone who was sedentary before surgery. Plus I have large bones and large components (60mm cup and 54mm head). My surgeon was very experienced and said the components positioning is ideal. Suprisingly my muscles feel very strong righ now at 11 weeks post op. If I take it easy sounds like my risks will be very low for impact sports at six months.

Left BHR 11/30/12
Hospital for Special Surgery
46 years old


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Re: LBHR November 30, 2012
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 10:00:29 PM »
Chuck, I had my RBHR on Nov. 28, 2012, so I am only 2 days ahead of you! My experience is very similar. Recovery has been nothing short of a miracle, at least to me. I am swimming a mile at a time, biking 25 mi at a time and walking at 5min pace. My post-op limp is completely gone and I notice zero discomfort sleeping or sitting. I also am chomping at the bit to be more active. My Dr. (Peter Brooks) wants no impact sports for 1yr. I'm admittedly probably not going to make it that long. I will, however, adhere to most everyone else's 6 months before running and even then I'll probably jog walk jog walk.
Phil. 4:13  -  RBHR Dr. Brooks 11-28-12 Euclid Hospital/Cleve. Clinic (48/56) (no more pain!)



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