I am 38 and have been dealing with hip pain for the past ten years… It’s been a gradual onset. and the past year or two have been pretty bad… Like many of you, I’m at the point where if I walk any major distance, I usually have tons of pain in the bad hip… I have a pretty restricted range of motion with the bad leg and getting pants on, or putting on / tying shoes is a real challenge… at least on my bad side…
I’m going to be travelling from San Diego to South Carolina to see Dr. Gross for my surgery.
February 23, 2011
I have joined the surface hippy club! I’m done! Everything went as planned! It feels great.Everyone was so right, it was virtually pain free…I’m sitting here in my hospital bed typing on my iPad…. No pain. Maybe some minor soreness in my hip area, but nothing that bothers me. I think getting the IV was maybe the most painful part….and that was just a little pin prick…. When I got to the hospital I checked in with admitting. Then waited for them to come get me. They put me in preop, and did the standard stiff. blood pressure , temp, They gave me some pills right away. Some Celebrex and oxycontin. I didn’t feel much except some grogginess…very minor. The IV was put in, and they put so anti bacterial swabs in my nose. I got an anti nausea patch behind my ear. They let my wife come back and sit with me afterward…and she was with me almost 30-45 minutes. Maybe an hour? It was great to have her there with me for support. The profusions came in with a big scary needle, but it ended up not hurting. It looked a lot worse than it really was. and they had given me some happy juice by then so I was fine. It was a big tube of blood they took to use in the surgery…they do something. To that blood and then jee it to aid bone growth and healing. That’s what the profusions said at least… I have no memory of the surgery…the whole thing went on while I was sleeping. I remember going to the operating room and moving off the gurney and onto the surgery table. I remember the anesthesiologist telling me to bend forward and a nurse helped ,e lean forward….that’s the last thing I remember. I have no memory of the spinal itself. I woke up and though “I’m done???”. Weird feeling! But a good weird….I almost got tears in my eyes…I was so happy. I have started to realize that getting this surgery is going to be a life changing event in my life and my family’s life too. Instead of being so limited, I’ll be able to participate in so much more with my entire family! The realization of that makes me emotional at times….it’s good emotion…. I’m now sitting in recovery. I apparently missed dinner so all I’ll get is a snack…but they said I can eat what I want so my wife went to grab me something to eat… This whole thing was a million times easier than. I ever thought it would be. It was not bad at all. I am not in pain as I type this. I’m excited to see how my hew hip feels! The numbing effect is still there. So I can’t really feel my feet 100%. When I first woke up I could barely wiggle my toes…that is wearing off and I can move my legs a bit more…. I can now move my operated leg side to side and a bit up and down. I don’t feel ANY joint pain! I was able to call my family members and tell them everything was fine. I didn’t talk to Dr. Gross but he went to talk to my wife after the surgery…she was waiting in the hospital, and told her everything went well. I want to thank all of you who responded to my posts, emailed me, and offer words of encouragement! I really appreciate the support. This website has been wonderful too…providing valuable info to help me research hip resurfacing! I AM DONE! WOO! HOO!
February 25, 2011
Pain has been very tolerable. I’m taking two oxycontins a dat..one in am, one at night. I have another pain medic called Nucynta which I can take if I need it. The worst pain has simply been a general feeling of stiffness or puffiness? Not any sharp pain, just a dull kind of ache. Not bad at all. When I first woke up from surgery I had zero pain, but the spinal was still working. The worst the pain has ever been is a 3 or 4? Nothing bad. By taking the meds, the pain has been kept in check.Today I did some PT in my room in the am, then in the pm we had group physical therapy. That was fun vc I got to talk with the other people who had it done same day I did. There were five of us in total. Everyone there had travelled to see Dr. Gross. One man was from Ohio, a spam from Colorado, one patient was a doctor himself…an ophthalmologist who came from north Carolina. It was fun to be with other people who had just been through the same thing. Yes, there was that feeling of us all being in the same boat. everyone shared stories of how their hip went bad… I also got to meet “Newdog” in person! He was in town for his 6 week follow-up and he stopped at the hospital to say hi to me. That was great to put a face to the posts and emails we shared! I made several trips around the hospital hallways on my crutches. I can say that my hip pain is really gone. It is an amazing feeling to know the pain is gone. I still don’t have great range of motion. that will come in time…but, I have been able to sit up straight and be in a position that normally would have made my hip joint give off sharp pain…and now….nothing. zero pain!! There is the incision pain…but it is different. The awful pain inside my hip ismgome! Hasta la vista…baby! I do think the stiffness and sore feeling in my hip is worse tonight than it was before. so if you do this, know that it hurts a bit more on day 2.. But still…its not bad. Dr. Gross stopped in to see me in the am. I talked to him a fee minutes and he told me the surgery went great! I asked him how much the implant costs…silly question, but I was curious. He said the actual hospital cost is $7,000. Pricey little sucker eh? The food here is fine. Nothing to write home about, but it is not bad…I’ve had worse hospital food. You will be happy with the meals Free wifi in my room…but some cites were blocked…and no. I wasn’t trying to surf porn…I tried to watch a Netflix movie with my iPad.no luck, Netflix blocked. I can, however, acres most websites…check email, etc. Nice. I’ll get released tomorrow. I’ll keep posting my progress. Bottom line. I am so glad, I did this. Having my hip pain gone is going to be life changing!
February 26, 2011
Well, last night was my first night out of the hospital. I will admit, last night it hurt a bit. Nothing agonizing, but it hurt. When I first woke up on the hospital I was pain free so a zero out of ten.The next day in the hospital, it was a bit sore, maybe a 2-3/10. Lt night was probably a 4-5. I may have fallen behind on the meds…when I went to bed in took my two oxycontins and it was ok. When insole up I was sore again, but once I took my meds it was ok..but it was still sore. I’d describe it as my leg feeling tight and kind of puffy. During the day I felt better and my wife and I drove to downtown Columbia and went to one of the museums and had pizza. There is a little organic pizza shop called Z pizza…it was pretty good. By the end of that little trip my leg had swollen a little, so back to the hotel. I’ve had it on ice and it’s back to normal. The polar care ice machine is great! I bumped into another Dr. Gross patient in my hotel hallway. She had her hip done the same day as me, and we were in group PT together. It’s nice to see some one else who understands what I. Going through ace to face. The staff at my hotel has also been very helpful. Some of the staff have commented that they often see guests on crutches who are having procedures done across the street at the hospital…..probably other Gross hippies! I’m taking it easy the rest of the night. Will lay in bed, watch a movie, and go to bed. I’m hoping to be out of here Tuesday at the latest. I can still tell that my hip pain is gone, and I’m excited for my leg to stop swelling, heal, and feel back to normal. IRS going to be so great to walk around, laying bed, walk up stairs, etc etc and have no pain. Dr. Gross really does give you your life back. I already feel more cheerful and happy! March 1, 2011
I am back home in southern California! It feels so good to be home! I managed to make the flight home on day 5 post op. Surgery was last we’d, and we flew out Monday.When I got to the Columbia airport and was walking into security on my crutches, the TSA person says to me, “Dr. Gross’ patient?”. I was surprised to see even the airport personnel know about him! I told her yes….they sent me to secondary where I was patted down by a TSA guy…. I honestly didn’t think it was all that invasive…but I guess I will probably have to do that whenever I travel now… I had iced all morning knowing I had a lot of time ahead of me on a plane. The 30 minute flight from Columbia to Charlotte was easy. The plane was half full so I had mo one next me and could stretch out… We had a couple hour layover in Charlotte and ate lunch. We got on our flight to san Diego and I till felt ok. The flight was set to be about 5.5 hours. I planned my medication so I could take my oxycontin before I got on the plane, so it would be in my system during the flight…. It started raining, and the baggage crew got delayed…we boarded the plane.. which was packed….and we sat at the gate for 1.5 hours….just sitting…. That stunk. So my 5.5 hour flight turned into 7-7.5…. I asked the stewardess if I could move to an aisle or bulkhead seat.. but the plane I was on had no empty seats. The stewardess basically said it would be up to me to ask someone if they would volunteer to give me their seat….I looked at the bulkhead sears and they had no more legroom than the regular seats…..the best seats were I. The emergency exit…but of course I couldn’t sit there because I was on crutches… So I stuck it out in my coach seat.. I had a center seat which was not good, but luckily I was sitting next to two small people…so I had space to spread, out. I explained to the people next to me that I was 5 days post op from hip resurfacing and they were very accommodating. I also hot several bags of ice from the stewardess to use to ice my hip. I wore loose fitting silky workout pants…and NO UNDERWEAR…. My hip was swollen enough wearing undies felt tight on my thigh….so I just pulled the waistband open and shoved the bag of ice on the outside of my hip and had the cold bag of ice directly on my hip…I basically had a bag of ice in my pants the whole flight! It sure helped. Taking my meds when the flight started helped to. It knocked me out for part of the flight which made it go faster. The elate hour or so my leg started to feel pretty swollen….I got up and just stood I the aisle for about 30 minutes a couple times during the flight too. I was a bit worried about whether the flight home would be too difficult, but it was ok. I think a first class seat would have been better…but it was fine. I made it and I was on the plane almost 8 hours…. I fm the flight had bgwm 3-4 joursmit would have been a piece of cake. My hip is still sore, but only when off the ice too long or when my meds wear off. I can walk on my hip…I can walk short distances with out the crutches but limp. But the pain is not from my hip, it’s the tissue soreness from surgery. I was actually somewhat more comfortable on the flight back VS the flight TO the surgery, because before the surgery, if I sat up…like how you are forced to sit on an airline seat…my hip hurt because of my reduced range of motion. Now, pos top, I can sit up, and at 90 degrees there is no more hip pain! It’s strange to sit up and expect to feel the pain I’ve felt for so long…but it’s not there! I’m still using my ice machine. slept last night with it hooked up overnight. I think my leg got swollen even though I had ice on it I flight, because it wasn’t elevated…. The overnight icing in bed with elevation really helped. I am surprised how good I I feel at only 5 days. I can’t wait to see how I am as time progresses.
March 4, 2011
DAY 8 POST OP well, here is a summary of how I felt on day 8.On day 7 I think I agitated my incision using the bathroom, but today it felt better. After that “incident” I had my wife head out to Wal-Mart for a raised toilet seat, the one thing I had neglected to buy. Boy did that make things easier! I iced my leg in the am. At lunch we to the kids out to a local dairy that sells fresh milk and freshly made chocolate milk…wow was it good. They also have some small pens with little goats that the kids can feed through the fence…..kids had a good time and it was good to get out of the house. We stopped at Costco for a hot dog, some quick groceries. and I managed to do all right. We only needed coffee and I just waited near the front of the store….I really didn’t feel like trekking al over Costco on my crutches… So mo..it wasn’t a usual Costco run with a fully loaded shopping cart…. I rested back at home. I only took one nucynta around lunch….this was my first day totally off oxycontin…and normally I had ramen several nucynta along with the oxy throughout the day…so this was a big reduction in pain medicine. I would describe the pain as manageable. It was more of a soreness and stiffness near the incision. I felt a little more discomfort late in the evening, but nothing terrible. The area that hurts is my incision. I have had some pain in my knee at time, but it seems to set in in the evening after a day of activity. not siren if it is from being tired, or from walking , limping around on it. The knee that hurts is on the operated leg. I have some discomfort in the hamstring muscle on my operated leg. I can feel that is seems weak. I also feel that I have a lot of weakness in the muscles that pull the hip up. like if you were standing up and tried to raise your knee up…those muscles…I had a real loss of range of motion in that area before the surgery, so I’m sire they were weak to start with, but they seem weaker. If I am getting into bed and trying to het my legs situated, to is very hard to move my left leg because the muscles that would raise it up don’t want to do it. so I usually use my arms, grab my leg and physically lift it up. Sometimes when I do that I notice a small pain in my hip…not sure what it is…but I’ll watch it…. Overall I’d say it was a good day. Perhaps slightly more discomfort than some prior days, BUT day 8 was pretty much pain med free and the prior days I was pretty medicated so the same pains were there but just masked. All in al, I feel pretty good for being 8’days post op from a surgery like what I had, I’m able to motor around on two crutches easily. I can walk on one crutch fine too. I will intermittently stop using one crutch and rake a handful of steps on one crutch to see how I do. It feels ok. I can keep a somewhat more normal gait by using the one crutch on the opposite side as the bad leg. I’m trying to walk without any crutch I can do it but limp quite a bit. The muscles aren’t quite ready for that yet. My joint feels good though, and the only real pain I feel when putting a lot of weight onto the operated leg is the incision. It’s like a big dull tugging, puffy, soreness. Not a sharp pain that hurts…just a constant dull one reminding me that I still have a ways to go before I’m all better. I also have noticed a slight rash on my operated leg. It almost looks like my hair follicles are just red or agitated…it’s not just where they shaved my leg…they kind if itch…I think it may be from the medicine? But it’s only on the operated leg… Any of you get something like that? I’m take it a day at a time and feel good. Those old sharp arthritic pains are gone…. That is nice. Like many have said…there is still pain, but it is different and I know this pain will go away. It will feel so amazing when I am finally able to walk without the crutches, more a cane, without pain…and actually feel like I am “fixed”!!! I will get there.. today or tomorrow, but I will get there.
March 11, 2011
TWO WEEK UPDATEI am now slightly past the two week mark, but rather than post every day at this point, I figured I’d slow down and post weekly. At about the two week point I think one noticeable change for me is that when I am out of the house walking around now, I am only using one crutch. Before, I found it necessary to use two for going out to a store, and things like that. Now, my leg seems to have improved to where I can go lager distances and only use one. Around the house I am walking without any crutch, but I limp still. I still have pain in the incision site, and I still feel a weird weakness and numb type sensation in my leg at times. If I sit in a chair for too long, my leg feels weird, and weak when. I get up. If I am up on it, it feels better. I don’t notice any pain in my hip like I used to! I’m not taking the narcotic pain meds, and were off those around day 5 or 6 after I was out of the hospital. I am still taking Tylenol and that seems to be enough. I ran out of Tylenol yesterday and didn’t get more until this evening. Being off it all day, I do think I detected slightly more discomfort in my leg, but nothing substantial. I’m hoping to go into work on a limited part time basis next week….I think I’ll do fine…I just won’t sit in one place too long!
March 21, 2011
ONE MONTH UPDATEOk, I’m a Couple days early, but this Wednesday will be the one month mark! I have continued to improve gradually. The little nagging pains and sensations are lessening. They are still there, but they seem less noticeable. I am still on Celebrex for a few more days until my prescription runs put, and the only pain med I am taking is Tylenol. I have totally stopped using crutches and have been using the cane for the past week or so. I can tell my walking has improved a lot since going to the cane. I think since you can’t put as much weight on the cane, it’s making my leg do more work and get stronger? I take the cane when I leave the house, but I only use it off and on in the house. Yesterday my wife and took the kids to the wild animal park, we live near san Diego and the park is close to out house and we have passes…so I’ve walked there many times before the surgery…..this was my first time there post op. If have been there, you know it has a lot of hills. I used the cane, but there were a few times where I picked the cane up, and just walked on my own. At one point I was going up a mild incline, did not use my cane, and started smiling…because I was walking uphill with no assistance and for one of the first times in as long as I can remember, I had no pain!! Everyone probably had unique things that really hurt their hip…for me it was walking uphill. I could walk on flat ground and it was ok….uphill HURT. To be able to walk uphill, put weight on my hip, and feel normal….it was Unbelievable! I still get a slightly weird sensation in my left butt…deep in the glut…I don’t think it’s my implant, I think it’s the muscle…it comes and goes. and I notice it less than I used to….but it reminds me I am not totally better…and I have no plans to push things. My walk at the animal park was not all day, we were there a few hours and I had chances to sit. The tram ride was all sitting, but it was a fair amount of walking. Having dealt with pain for so long, and after compromising so many aspects of my life due to that pain…that one moment of walking uphill without pain – felt great!! Things are only going to get better!
March 30, 2011
FIVE WEEK UPDATEWell, today is the fifth week! wow, time has gone by so quickly. It is hard to believe that six weeks have already gone by…. and when I think about how good I feel right now….it’s amazing how fast my body has recovered! This week has been my first official week back to work. I have done really well. One thing I’ve noticed at work is that sitting too long really makes my hip sore. I have a desk job. and sit a lot. I have tried to get up and just walk about, but there were times where I saw in my work chair for a couple hours straight, and when I got up, my leg muscles felt sore and I had my limp back. After walking around for 10 minutes though, I felt fine and almost felt like my limp was gone. So it’s NOT the joint and there’s nothing wrong with my recovery…but sitting agitates things! I used my cane on Friday, and a bit over the weekend. When I went to work on Monday, I didn’t use it. I left it in the car. It has STAYED in the car all week. I keep bringing it as a sort of security blanket, but I feel good enough to walk without it. I think I am getting very close to not needing the cane at all. If I was going to walk a LONG distance, I think I’d still want it and would use it. Monday night we went for a walk. My community is built around a man made lake. and the lake is very close to my house. If I walk to the lake, around the lake, and back home, it’s maybe a total of 3/4 of a mile, maybe a mile max. We took the kids, the stroller for the little guy, and I tossed my fold up cane in the bottom of the stroller. I walked almost the entire way without the cane. I walked to the lake and around the lake without the cane. I even pushed the stroller a while. I remember commenting to my wife how it was first time I had walked around the lake and not had pain in my hip! and that was the truth. I have been TO the lake since my surgery… but only on the crutches and we drove there… yes, we drove down the street to the lake. a place we usually walked to…Monday was the first time I walked around it after surgery. When we moved to this community I had plenty of hip pain and every time we walked it….it hurt. Monday night was fun. I walked around my pretty lake and never once thought “ouch”. you all know what I’m talking about!!! at least you who are POST OP do! Toward the end of that walk my hip did get tired. I could have pushed myself and tried to “make it”. but I’m not out to prove anything, so I unfolded the cane and used it the last few hundred yards… the next time we do the lake, maybe I will finish it sans cane! something to look forward to. the funky pain in the back of my butt seems to be subsiding. I feel it now and then, but I think it’s going away… I feel so much better. like I said, sitting too long makes my hip sore and the limp come back. walking helps. I honestly feel l like if I am up on m y feet for a while, I can almost walk with zero limp.. not quite…but I’m getting there. I feel so much better than before my surgery it is amazing. living without pain is a blessing. if you are one of the people who is on this website, living with hip pain that is affecting your quality of life, and reading all of the posts.. jus like I was about a year ago… don’t wait. go get your hip fixed. I should have done this sooner. I have read other people say that they should have fixed their hip sooner, but waited out of fear regarding the surgery, and now I know exactly what they mean. the surgery was NOTHING. I don’t even remember it. I remember getting an IV, and I have a vague recollection of someone telling me to sit up.. the next thing I knew I was waking up, NOG in pain, and over the past 5 weeks I have steadily become better, stronger, and the horrible pain that lived with day in and day out is HASTA LA VISTA! I’m going to restring my racquetball racquet soon, and start making plans for my racquetball debut in about 5 more months.
April 22, 2011
I’m about 8 weeks post op.At about the six week point I was feeling really good….I had minimal pain in my hip. If I sat down a while, it hurt when I got up, but after a minute or two of walking it didn’t hurt much at all. I was taking Tylenol throughout the day…but whatever pain I was feeling was very mild if at all. At six weeks I had relatives visit and they all went to Disneyland. I felt great and thought I was up to it. I walked ALL over the place that day…I must have done 5 or more miles…..by the end of the day my hip was very sore. The next 4-5 days it was sore. I even worried maybe I did something to it. By a week and a half it was gradually getting better. I was having pain on the side of my hip, near the incision but more forward….like where the seam of your pants would be. the pain was vertical feeling…. My neighbor is a physical therapist and he said the way I described the pain, it sounded like maybe bursitis. At about 7-8 days after that major walking day at Disneyland my hip seemed better but not 100%. I never felt any sharp pains or anything I the joint…the funky butt pain I had came back, but it has gradually gone away. In some ways, over the past two weeks, post Disney, my hip feels better and stronger. I am mow able to put my pants on and stand and balance on my new hip while I put my leg into the pant leg….I could only do that in the past few days…that is without using any support…purely balancing on my operated leg….I can feel the muscles feel stronger and I can walk up hills without pain…but I get this off and on pain on the outside of my hip….it feels like it is on the outside near the surface of my skin…. Is this bursitis? Can they fix this? Will it go away with icing? For a couple days it went away, the it came back the last couple aye. Is not a sharp pain, more of a dull one… If I take a couple aspirin it is muted and not that noticeable. but as the airin wears it’s there. I recently did my 6 week x-rays.. I didn’t get them until 7 weeks, and then did my PT veal, and I’m about to mail it off to dr. Gross. I’ll see what he says, but u till hear good news from him, I thought I’d see what all the hippies think. I have had ups and downs before six weeks. so I’m too terribly freaked out. but before I walked my a$$ off at Disneyland eland I didn’t have this odd pain in the outside of my hip. I had pain in the direct spot of the incision….and now that is fading even more…but this outside of my hip. near where my pants seam is…it seems new. Maybe Disneyland and walking everywhere agitated this and maybe I would have got it anyway. I’m hoping it’s just normal healing pain and it will go away. Tonight I had to walk up a big hill. a good 10-20 steps uphill….before surgery that would have been miserable…tonight I walked up it pain free….that pain in my side wasn’t even there…then an hour later it was there….since it’s off and on, I’m assuming it’s not something “bad”. But I still really wish it was gone and I was not having it.
May 27, 2011
THREE MONTH UPDATEToday is about the three month mark for me. I’m doing GREAT!!! It’s really amazing how the human body recovers. At the one month mark I was mobile but nothing like I am now. I have no doubt that if I wanted I could take off and run full speed….but I haven’t tried it because Dr. Gross says not to until six months…I can wait! I go up and down stairs with no problem. I can squat down and tie my shoes with ease. I still get pain and minor stiffness after sitting down…but it goes away after I walk for a short distance. I have had several coworkers comment that they have really noticed my walking has become virtually normal with zero limp. Very cool compliment! I’m doing the phase 2 physical therapy which is really just leg lifts and some stretching. I noticed when I first started that my leg was really weak. The leg lifts hurt after 5 reps…now I’m doing 20-30 reps and it’s not nearly as hard. My life has literally transformed from being partially crippled and horribly limited to being virtually normal and almost entirely pain free. I feel so amazing. I have zero regrets about having surgery…it was the best damn thing I have ever done. In three more months I’m going to be running, playing racquetball, and who knows what else. I think I will not go crazy. I don’t plan to run or jog as a main exercise activity…I’ll try bikes and swimming…but I will do it pain free. If you have hip pain and are sick of living in 24/7 pain…and you area candidate for thus surgery…get it fixed. I watched the YouTube videos of the surgery, was all freaked out by how gross it looked, and put off surgery at least a year or two…I wish I had done it sooner. The surgery was apiece of cake. The most painful part was the IV. Seriously, it was not bad. I was out before anything scary happened and when I woke up I felt fine. Now at three mo this post op I feel so great. I’m anxious to hit the six month hark so I have the green light to really try my new hip out!
August 30, 2011
I’m just past the six month post op point….Dr. Gross gave me the OK to start running or jogging and other sports at six months. I’ve gone bike riding a couple times and that was great. That giant pinching pain I would get as my left leg extended upward is GONE. Very nice. After that first bike ride, about a week or so ago, I also tried a short run. My legs were tired from the bike ride…and my muscles felt weird… like they were trying to run, but they had forgotten how to do it… I had to quit jogging about 5 years ago because of the pain. and really… I have not run at all in about that long. Any attempt at really running was impossible.. before my surgery, all I was capable of was more like fast hobbling… Well a few nights ago I went out for another jog… I alternated between jogging and walking. I swear at times I was kind of scared to jog just out of fear that “something” might break.. it was a very weird feeling to jog around and not feel pain. I was excited to be moving that fast. but I never really got going at what I would call a full blown run. When I got home my legs were tired…I could tell my muscles were still acclimating to moving that fast. Whatever muscles are firing, or the way they are firing when you run is not the same as walking… and my body is trying to learn to do it again. The next day I had some minor stiffness or mild soreness in the tissue, but no joint pain or anything. It felt really good. Well tonight I went out for another run. I alternated between jogging and walking. I could really feel that my leg was stronger. Amazing what just a couple trips out makes.. well I got more comfortable… and at one point I pushed myself a bit harder and got going pretty fast….. I would say for about 30 seconds I was at a full on RUN. It was such an amazing feeling. I have not been able to do that in at least 5 years.. maybe longer. I swear I almost got tears in my eyes. I think I actually did get them… a little bit. I’m sure to the few people who were out, I just looked like some middle aged guy “sort of” running.. but to me it felt like I was on top of the world! I came home and told my wife…. but I had to get on here and share this. I know those of you who are fellow hippies have had a similar moment and know exactly what I’m talking about and how it felt. Absolutely amazing. I used to jog a fair amount before I had hip problems…. if I’m able to resume the activity as a way to burn off stress and keep the weight off, it will be so great. I don’t know what the long term impact will or won’t be on my implant’s lifespan if I run a lot… to me running a “lot” would be like doing a couple miles a few times a week… no marathons in my future.. a 5 mile run would be a LONG run for me…. All I can say is tonight was a VERY good night.
December 22, 2011
I’m at 10 months post op…. and I feel like the past few months have continued to bring additional strength and endurance in my new hip.At the 6 month mark I started running again, but my leg felt week. I think a lot of that was due to how long my hip had been hurting and just how weak my leg had become…. by about month 7-8 I was doing short jogs, but after running short distances, I still felt like I got a slight pulling sensation in my hip.. not the joint… but the soft tissues around the incision… I have no idea what was causing the sensations.. and I would not call it painful… nothing like my old hip pain.. but I could tell something didn’t like the running… I kept running to a minimum but continued elliptical and my PT, along with weight training. at about the 9 month mark I really felt like my hip was almost at 100%…. I barely felt any twinges or anything. now at 10 months, it still feels great. I did a short run the other day and went about a mile…. at the very end, I felt a slight soreness in the soft tissue that went away once I stopped and the next day I had zero residual pain… at months 6.. if I ran a mile, my hip was kind of sore for a day or two… subjectively, I can tell my hip is much stronger and less sensitive at months 9-10 vs. month 6-7.. Dr. Gross and his staff had told me that I will continue to heal and make improvements up to about a year. My local orthopedic doctor, who I have continued to see a couple times – has confirmed that and said once you get to 12 months, that’s about as good as you get. I still have two months to get BETTER.. and now at month 10, I consider myself 100%.. ok.. maybe 90%…. but 1000000% better than before surgery!! for anyone contemplating surgery… or just out of surgery.. I take with a grain of salt, any stories about people going mountain biking at 2 months post op and stuff like that…. for me.. I felt “better” the day after surgery than I did the day before… I had surgical pain.. but the bone on bone pain was gone. I quickly made a lot of improvements… but when you are on crutches… suddenly being able to walk on a cane, then no cane… those are BIG improvements… by 3 months I felt really good and at 6 months I felt great.. but certain motions or angles still bothered my hip. if I stood on my operated leg and put all my weight on that leg.. it felt solid.. but then when I went back to two legs.. and the weight came off my operated leg.. I’d feel “something”.. not pain.. just a weird sensation…. the muscles and soft tissue adjusting… it wasn’t pain. it just felt “different”. not at 10 months, I can support myself on my operated leg.. hop on it… and I don’t feel anything. every now and then I still get than title twinge.. or something… but 99% of the time, my operated hip feels as good or BETTER than my “good” one… I’d say a safe bet is that in 6 months you will feel amazing…. but if you want to go run, play a hard core sport.. etc… give it a year. I was easily cycling at 6 months with ZERO pain.. but the impact stuff like running… I can tell I feel BETTER now at 10 months than I did at 6…… Getting my hip fixed was the best thing I have ever done medically… it literally transformed the quality of my life. I wish I had done it sooner. I hope anyone reading this site.. who is in the kind of pain I was in 10 months ago – gets it FIXED and get your life back!!! I have ZERO regrets!!
March 18, 2012
I’m one year post op.When I was in the first few months post op period =- I had a lot of weird pains and sensations. I went though a period where I had a weird pain in my knee… then I had a weird pain in my butt.. I can’t recall if I had groin pain.. but I do know that there were a few periods where I OVERDID it… and I ended up having “new” pains… or recurrence of pains that had gone away. each time I would be nervous.. and think I hurt something.. and wonder if I caused some kind of irreparable damage…. there was one time where about 6 weeks I went to Disneyland… maybe a bad idea but I wanted to go because a bunch of family were in town and they were all going. I did take it easy.. took my cane even… though I was off it… but by the end of the day I know I walked WAY WAY too far. I never went on any hard core rides.. but in retrospect it was too much too soon. my hip started hurting by the end of the day.. at 6 weeks . I was feeling GREAT.. and then after this trip.. I had pain deep in my buttocks… and it didn’t go away… I was really nervous. it took almost 2 weeks for it to be gone.. but it did go away. fast forward to today.. I’m great. no pain.. my operated hip IS better than my non operated hip.. I feel like a million dollars… my advice is that if YOU think it’s worrisome – call your doctor, get an x-ray.. an MRI.. whatever. (you CAN do an MRI with a hip implant.. I had one already to examine my other hip recently)… so don’t worry about the MRI doing anything.. but talk to your doctor and follow their advice. BUT.. don’t freak out over every little pain you get. you will get them, and they will go away. I think the implant is so jammed on our bones.. that to knock it loose you’d need to jump off your roof… the soft tissue can get agitated… even though we feel great shortly after surgery.. all those tissues inside are healing.. and in reality.. it probably takes 6-12 months to really be fully healed up…. so take it easy. you have your whole life to push it.. take it easy in the beginning and don’t let the aches/pains of the healing process panic you. I found my own healing process to be an up/down process. at times I was feeling better…then I’d do too much and take a short setback.. but I’d recover.. overall.. it’s all uphill.. but you will have ups/downs along the way… keep that in the back of your mind and don’t panic about the pains or soreness…
February 21, 2013
I can’t believe it has been two years already!I turned 40 this year. I had my hip done when I was 38. My hip started bugging me when I was in my late 20s. it started out mild, it was more of a mild discomfort. I still played racquetball, jogged, and did whatever I wanted. by the time I was in my early 30s, it was clearly a problem. I gave up most sports, and was limited to the stairmaster for aerobic exercise. I am an attorney and work at a desk or in a courtroom so I can get by without being physically fit in terms of work. I sort of adapted to being more sedentary and dealt with the pain by popping aleve and other anti inflammatories. My doctor suggested a hip resurfacing, and I watched a youtube video about how the surgery was done – that freaked me out as I was so grossed out by the procedure…that alone made me put off surgery at least a year or two. 🙂 The pain was constant but manageable..at least I thought it was. I have three small kids and it was becoming obvious that I wasn’t able to play sports with them the way I wanted. There were times when just pushing the kids stroller was too painful and I had to have my wife do it. When it finally got to where I was having a continual problem getting my shoes tied or cutting toenails that I really started realizing how debilitated I had become. One time in my late 30s my youngest son who was about 3 took off running, he was headed toward the street and I was worried a car might hit him. I tried to run after him and I literally could not catch up to him. My wife outran me and got him. All of these issues forced me to face the reality that surgery was for me. I started researching doctors and did some local consults. I found this website, learned a lot, and also found Dr. Gross. My pain levels started getting even worse and I was scared about the surgery but knew I had to do it. Now that I have had it done – wow. I am SO happy I did it, and I wish I had done it a year or two sooner. I suffered pretty badly the last year and I could have avoided that had I done it quicker. As to my current condition – In a nutshell, there are many days where I never even think about my hip. When I do think about it – it’s usually to stop and appreciate how great it feels, and to appreciate what Dr. Gross did for me and to truly appreciate how it feels to be pain free. When I bend down to tie my shoe, I still think about the old me…and really do appreciate how great it is to be “normal” and pain free. Lying in bed at night, as I am about to doze off to sleep I *really* appreciate the new hip. I can still remember tossing and turning, being unable to get comfortable in any position, popping aleves to make the pain go away.. heck I used to eat aleve like it was candy… I don’t take them anymore…. Now, instead of feeling a painful throbbing hip…my hip is “quiet”…and I can relax and enjoy dozing off to sleep. 🙂 Stuff that other people take for granted or like falling asleep pain free, I still stop and appreciate. I am able to do so many things that I could not do before my surgery. I am pretty much 100% pain free. There are rare times where I feel some kind of twinge, or if I sit too long on a really hard surface I feel a slight discomfort… but I’m being hypercritical. I essentially live my day to day life pain free. I am getting pain in the OTHER hip, but that’s because whatever went wrong with hip #1 is slowly affecting hip #2… but the hip that Dr. Gross fixed is wonderful. It is my BETTER hip! As to my activity level – put it this way – last weekend I played basketball for about an hour with my son, who is 11, and my nephew who is 17. I’m 40, and probably 15-20 lbs overweight. I’m not some super jock – but I am perfectly capable of running around with my kid and having a good time. My 17 year old nephew can beat me one on one..but the fact that I could play with him, run all around, and just have fun, was a testament to how great my hip feels. I had zero pain while playing, zero pain that night, and no pain in the days after. It was great. I will admit, though, my hip is not 100% perfect. I am limited in my ability to RUN long distances. I can run fine. I can run as fast as I can possibly make myself go – and have NO pain. If someone was trying to get me, or a car was about to run me over – and I had to sprint 100 yards, I could run as fast as I could and I would have zero pain. The problem is when I run for longer distances. Around the 3/4 mile mark, I start to notice some discomfort in my hip near the incision. I don’t want to push things…as soon as it starts to hurt I stop. As soon as I stop the pain disappears. The pain does not persist, it’s not like something is damaged. it’s like my hip or soft tissue just doesn’t like the repetitive pounding of running. I’ve thought of buying really good shoes, or just pushing through the pain to see if I could make it better, but honestly, I never liked running that much anyway.. 🙂 so I just don’t run. I can cycle, do the elliptical, even play basketball and I don’t have pain… I’m not sure why basketball doesn’t hurt but running does… I figure if I can play basket ball and NOT have pain – then my hip is doing alright! 🙂 Granted I’m not playing 60 minute games and kiling myself but I can run all over with my son and nephew which is good enough for me! I know there are people who have hip resurfacing and they are doing marathons…for whatever reason that is not the case with me. I have emailed Dr. Gross / Lee Webb about this issue and was told that some patients experience this sort of discomfort. If I was a hardcore runner I could see how it would be an issue, but given that I can do pretty much everything else, I don’t really worry about it. I can’t say how much I appreciate my new hip. I wish I never needed it, but the fact that there is the ability to fix it and to basically make it feel virtually as good as new – is great. Anyone suffering through hip pain should get it fixed. The surgery really was like magic. One day I was limping and in 24/7 pain, popping aleive like they were tic tacs, and after surgery the pain was totally gone. once I was recovered from the surgery, I really felt like I was as good as new. I made a video around 7-8 months post-op but I never got around to posting it. With my two year anniversary just days away, it got me thinking about my hip and about how great it has been. I dug up the old video and loaded it to youtube. Watching it again reminded me how screwed up my hip was and how much it hurt… it almost hurt just to watch the video.. my facial expressions, sighs of pain… oh how I remember how that felt! I’ll have to do another video soon… I am even better off now at 2 years than I was at 7-8 months. I wanted to say thanks again to everone on this site who was so helpful to me before my surfery – like newdog! I was really nervous about surgery, about all the what-ifs…and a lot of people here who had been through it reassured me how well it would all go. Of course they were right. I”m sure going to see a pro like Dr. Gross didn’t hurt either. 🙂 His team, his whole setup, is just top notch. I really felt like I was in good hands the whole way through. I was really scared stuff would hurt – like needles or the back injection.. and it was all in my head. If any of you are worrying about the surgery, scared you are going to have some horribly painful experience… I can tell you the most painful thing I remember was just the IV getting put in my arm.. oh and the catheter getting pulled out of Mr. Happy after I was recovering. 🙂 I was actually surprised that during my recovery I wasn’t in any serious pain given that my bones were drilled on and metal pounded onto them. thanks again to Dr. Gross! You gave me my life back. My quality of life is so much better after having my hip fixed. I really do appreciate it. Here is that video.