I had my left hip resurfaced by Dr. Clarke on April 30, 2008 using the Birmingham hip. Prior to that I had been in physical and aqua therapy for nearly a year, attempting to retain range of motion and strength. My recovery after surgery was very quick. I walked without a cane in less than 3 weeks, and mowed my lawn with a self-propelled walking mower at 3 weeks. All the time I was diligent about my exercise program from my PT. The progress was amazing with noticeable improvement from one day to the next. In a month I was able to walk around my neighborhood (a little over a mile), something I had not been able to do in a couple of years.
In fact I was so pleased with the success of my left hip that I had my right hip done on July 23, 2008. Since it was not as debilitated or weak that side bounced back even faster! The surgery itself was very quick, about an hour, and because of my fitness on that side I noticed ability to move right away that was not present on the previous hip.
For both operations I stayed in Community General Hospital, where the care was outstanding. On the orthopedic floor they have many private rooms, and I was fortunate to be assigned to a private both times. The follow up care through Dr. Clarke was also top notch. My questions were always answered, and everyone was easy to talk to.
I am a teacher, and plan to return to my classroom ready to roll in September. Can’t wait to do my job without pain.
Long story short, if you are considering this procedure, don’t wait until things are terrible in your joints. Also try to prepare your body with exercise prior to surgery.
You will find it helps you to recover faster and with less pain. I feel blessed to have Dr. Clarke with this groundbreaking procedure, in the area, although I would definitely travel to obtain this care.