Ron Mullen’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Rogerson 2014
POST-OP PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: RON MULLEN (LT BHR 3/24/14)
September 23, 2014 – 6 Months Post-op
"I would like to provide an update to my left hip resurfacing surgery that I had done on March 24, 2014. "NORMAL"; no more pain, no more restrictions on what I am able to do. No more pain killers. Don’t need them.
I’ve always led an active life and exercise has been an important part of it. I’m not talking about IronMan or marathons, but I have jogged 2.5/3 miles regularly for the past 40 years. I’ve been an active golfer, and enjoy regular outdoor activities. When my hip started bothering me 3 years ago I thought I could just exercise through it. Wrong. So then I tried cutting back. It helped some, but the hurt never went away. Like a daily tooth ache. I’m not one for pain killers so I mostly lived with it and curtailed my activity.
When I finally had x-rays taken I got the news. Bone on bone. This wasn’t getting better by itself. I initially considered total hip, but when I started to do the research there were some things about it that concerned me. Like the probability of needing a revision in the future and the complications associated with that. The more important one to me was the restrictions after total hip surgery. No more running. Weight lifting restrictions.
So I started looking for alternatives. I was initially scared off by the reports about the hip resurfacing recalls and failures. But then I found the Surface Hippy website. When I did all the research I decided that a hip resurfacing would be the best option for me.
But when I went to a Dr. in my insurance plan, I was told no one performed that type of surgery. He recommended a Dr. at UW, but when I called to inquire I was told I wasn’t an ideal candidate, but they did computer guided hip replacements. Not what I wanted. Did I mention why I wasn’t an ideal candidate to them? I’m 65 years old. No physical assessment, no evaluation. Too old.
Then I found Dr. Rogerson. They look at every patient on a case by case basis and then make the determination. And did I mention the 700 plus surgeries he has done? From my initial consultation through my surgery and rehab I could not be happier. The care and caring I received from everyone has been excellent. The care I received during my surgical stay at Stoughton Hospital and rehab at Capitol Lakes was also top notch. No major surgery is enjoyable, but everyone involved made my experience as pleasurable as possible. Thank you to everyone involved.
How am I now? I do 30 to 36 minutes on the treadmill daily. Today I did 3 miles in 31 minutes. I lift weights 3 to 4 times a week, and I have been golfing since my 12 week check up. We recently vacationed in Yellowstone and one day we walked the trails for at least 5 miles. I was a little sore and tired after that, but my hip felt fine. Before my hip pain started I would jog 3 miles in 25 minutes daily on my treadmill. My goal is to start pushing my times after my check up tomorrow and do that on my 66th birthday in December. The only symptoms I have is after sitting for awhile I have some stiffness and soreness when I get up, but it goes away after a few steps.
In closing: am I happy I had the resurfacing and not the total hip? Did I pick the right Doctor and team? Would I recommend this to anyone needing hip surgery? YES, YES, AND YES"!