I had a right hip done by Dr. Pritchett July 2011 and I’m very happy with the results. I was 57 years old at the time and active. My main problem after the surgery was a very tight and painful iliotibial band (sp?) but it finally stretched out fine and I’ve had no problems with it since. I returned to running and did the 5K Turkey Trot on Bainbridge Island in November 2011, just four months after the surgery. It is now March 2012 and I now run about 3 times a week for 35 to 40 minutes each time – I completely changed my running style to minimize the impact by running exclusively on my toes and mid-foot (no heel striking at all) with a shorter stride (tiny steps on my toes going down steep hills), but I still have a pretty decent gate and speed and I very happy with my progress. I’m using my old shoes but plan to go to the newer minimal impact style like New Balance Minimus or 5 Fingers something like that – the “barefoot” theory makes a lot of sense to me and seems to be working.As for Dr. Pritchett, I did a lot of research ahead of time and know he is perhaps the most knowledgeable resurfacing doctor around. His bedside manner isn’t great in that he can seem abrupt and distant and disinterested, but he will respond if you are up front and direct with him, particularly on technical issues. I strongly suggest that you read his many technical articles on resurfacing, particularly on the metal-on-metal issue. I realize there is a relatively small likelihood that I will have problems with metal in the future but decided that the rewards of resurfacing are well worth that small risk, and I have no regrets at all about doing it – best thing I ever did. My older brother had both his hips fully replaced and he is very jealous.
My 5″ incision by Dr. Pritchett is posterior just in front of my right butt check on a sort-of vertical angle – very clean looking.
I was an avid runner in the past and quit due to my back, started up again and avoided the old back problems but developed right hip pain, and had the resurfacing surgery July 2011 at age 57. I worked very hard to get back to running. I did the 2011 Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot, a 5K run in November exactly four months after the surgery. It is now March 2012 and I run 35 to 40 minutes 3 times a week or so and plan to bump that up a bit now that Spring is here.I completely changed my running style: I have a shorter stride and now run exclusively on my toes and mid-foot with minimal pick up and virtually no heel striking, even on steep downhill terrain (where I take tiny quick steps on my toes). I’ve kept a fairly quick gate and I’m pleased with my overall speed. I am using my old shoes but plan to get one of the new minimal impact “barefoot” styles like New Balance Minimus or Vibram 5 Fingers. The barefoot theory is really working for me – some achy feeling once in a while but no actual pain at all, and I’m limited by my wind and my stamina and not the hip. I am thrilled with my resurfaced hip – so glad I did this instead of a total.