Jonna’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Klug 2009
November 29, 2009
I am almost 3 weeks post-BHR surgery on my right hip. Dr. Raphael Klug of Kaiser Roseville CA was my surgeon.
I’m a nearly 60-year old post-menopausal woman. Previous to my year of increasing hip pain and surgery, I was an active stone sculptor. Exercise for me was water aerobics and walking.
Being in the Kaiser system, it took me a while to learn about BHR versus THR options. Then, it took me a more time to find the right surgeon.
The initial meeting with Dr. Klug was informative. I appreciated his candor and experience. He was very clear that while his goal for me was an anterior BHR, I would need to understand that he might choose to do an anterior THR if, once in my hip joint, it was clear that a BHR was not an option. For me this was an important consideration. I wanted a surgeon to have all the tools at his disposal for my benefit. Yes, my preference was the BHR but I wanted long term success above all. And, as it turned out, I did get a BHR.
Recovery is going great. I was in the hospital 2 nights. The staff at Kaiser Roseville was sharp, attentive, friendly and motivated. I really appreciated that. They started me with a walker which I used for about 10 days total. Once back home in Sonoma, Physical Therapy came to me. Every day my PT goes better, I walk further and longer with a cane, my stamina increases. I’m looking forward to weaning myself off the cane and getting on an exercise bike. Driving is about 3 weeks away. I’m trying to be patient…
I know that there is a perception out there that some surgeons are generally reluctant to perform BHRs on post-menopausal women. I think it has more to do with the skill and expertise of the surgeon and the way any given patient presents to them. I’m proof that there are good surgeons out there (like Dr. Klug) who are capable and comfortable with working on us middle-aged and older broads.
December 16, 2009
I’ve experienced leg ache, swelling and occasional bruising when I sit too long in an office chair working at the computer. (I’m 5 weeks out from surgery.)
December 22, 2009
I now have a kitchen timer at my desk. I set it for 20 minutes. When it goes off, I get up and WALK or I do my PT exercises. The soreness doesn’t happen now because I am paying attention. As Homer Simpson says: Doh!
December 22, 2009
I’m at 6 weeks and still using my cane. However, when I take 30-45 minute walks, there are long stretches (5-10 minutes) when I don’t use my cane. Every day, the length of time without the cane lengthens.
I start using the cane again the moment I feel my gait getting sloppy or I begin to limp. I know there will be a day when I really don’t need the cane, it’s just not today. But, I let myself off the hook about it.
My neighbors have been very supportive as I take my frequent walks around the ‘hood. They all saw me limping so badly before surgery that they often stop and comment on my obvious improvement. Makes me feel good. Today, one neighbor honked and waved because she saw me walking with the cane on my shoulder for a few minutes.