November 11, 2013
I’m typing this from home. Surgery went great on Friday. That night I was on Percocet and oxycodone alternating every two hours. My pain was a 2 or 3 on a 10 scale. But, all that medicine caught up with me around 7:00 am. I sat on the side of the bed and looked out on to Lake Erie and thought I would throw up. Like motion sickness. They gave me an injection of something and that didn’t help so they put a patch under my ear. That knocked me out I was pretty much debilitated most of the day. I finally took it off. I couldn’t stay awake. Had not taken any pain meds most of the day. At 1:45 I took a vicodin and went to therapy. Very nauseous but toughed it out and walked 85 feet. Forced some supper down and it came back up but that seemed to turn the tide and I began to feel much better. I think I had one Tylenol over night and woke up Sunday morning ready to take on therapy. Walked all over the place with crutches, up and down stairs, etc. Went back and ate good lunch and told them I wanted to go home. They said ok. Took a vicodin and made the 3 hour trip a piece of cake. Slept like a rock last night, got up this morning, did my exercises, iced and relaxed. Finally took a Tylenol around 10:00 am. Minor swelling and bruising. I know there will be some difficult days ahead but I’m taking it easy, not doing too much and things are going incredibly well.
As others have said, Dr. Brooks and the Euclid Hospital staff are amazing! I highly recommend them.
July 12, 2014
I’m 8 months post RBHR with Dr. Brooks. Overall, it has been terrific! I had a minor setback a couple months ago. Basically, I overdid it mowing and lifting a few things that I probably shouldn’t have done. No immediate pain but woke up with sciatic type pain to where I could barely get my socks on. This persisted for a few weeks so I called Phil. He pointed out it was not my hip and if it continued I needed to see a doctor. A few days later it went away and I’m back on track.
I don’t think about it much anymore. I try to alternate between cycling and walking.
You may have a few minor setbacks along the way but if you do what Dr. Brooks says, you will be fine.
November 7, 2014
Tomorrow will be my one year anniversary of my left BHR done by Dr. Brooks at the Cleveland Clinic.
I went up to Cleveland 4 days ago for my one year check up with Phil, Dr. Brooks’ assistant. X rays showed the device has not moved and is positioned perfectly. Phil checked my range of motion and, while good, felt I could get some more range by doing some more aggressive stretching. He released me from all restrictions (running, jumping and lifting more than 50 lbs)and told me I could do anything I want. Besides those few restrictions I have pretty much been doing what I want for some time. Bicycling, golf, hunting, yard work….no problem.
I have had zero pain in the hip itself and only minor muscle soreness after exercise. I can’t believe it has been a year already. The only time I even think of my hip is when I am aware I am doing things with zero pain! And try as I might, I can’t keep that big smile from coming across my face!
I am so thankful for this website, for Dr. Brooks, and for the ones that offered their support leading up to my surgery.
To date, it’s been a terrific journey for me!
October 23, 2015
Coming up on my 2 year anniversary with a left BHR from Dr. Brooks. So glad I chose to go with him. I don’t even think about my hip anymore.