I’m 10 days out of bi lateral hip resurfacing with Dr. Su. Can’t say enough good things about Dr. Su.My hips feel strong enough to stand with no issues and no crutches 7 days out. Post surgery, he told me my hips were a mess, and I had pretty big cuts, around 14 inches per leg. I went on a strong natural product regiment right out of surgery, only taking pain killers for a few days, and trying to avoid everything else. I used natural wound healing products and probiotics so my GI system would be normal. There’s no sugar coating the first 7-10 days after surgery. It’s hard work and a lot of discomfort, but it’s not from pain per se. It’s that it’s hard to sleep, and you’re confined to bed most of the time with both hips having been done. However, with PT, stretching etc, you can recover fast and feel a lot better. Once you get past the first week, things improve daily. I got my staples out on the 10th day, which is a big improvement. Starting tomorrow I expect even bigger improvements daily, as I’ll really begin focusing on regaining flexibility. HSS is excellent and you can’t find a better doctor than Su.
December 27, 2009 I’m 3.5 weeks out of bi lateral surgery with Dr. Su. I’ve been on a stationary bike for a week, no resistance, up to 20 minutes a day, and another 20 minutes walking on a treadmill. I started driving just short of 3 weeks out of surgery, although I get stiff when I’m in the car too long. I’ve had no pain, just discomfort around trying to regain flexibility. I still can’t put socks on (although I got lucky a couple of times), but I’m able to walk without crutches, including stairs. My physical therapist recommended I buy a cane that’s more for hiking, so I got one that collapses made by Leki called the Wanderfreund, and tossed the crutches. I’ve got 2 14 inch scars because my hips were so bad, and yet, I cannot believe how fast I’ve progressed since surgery. The absolute worst time for me was just the discomfort post surgery (not bad pain), and getting the pain meds out of my system (even after stopping all opiods 3 days after surgery), so I could pass the stairs test to leave HSS. Now, it just feels like I have to work hard on flexibility, so I can push the endurance part of rehab. Each day seems to get a little better, and I frankly, I’m surprised at how well things have gone. Still can’t say enough good things about Dr. Su, and for those considering doing both hips at the same time, I’d say the experience has been way better than I expected, and he’s got to be a doctor you consider. In the beginning, the improvement comes every 3-5 days, but as time progresses, I’ve found improvement daily. You wake up and suddenly you can do something you couldn’t do the day before. I fully expect to be back on all non impact sports soon.