I am 33 and had a LBHR done by Dr. Pritchett this winter. I too have skied all my life……backcountry, resort, heli, halfpipe, terrain park, all of it. I’ve heard of people retiring to ski after hip resurfacing, but not necessarily at a high and aggressive level.
I was 33 when I had my first on 12/23/08 and 34 when I had my second on 12/23/09.
December 22, 2009
Just got out of the OR recovery room a few minutes ago from my second BHR with Dr. Pritchett in Seattle, exactly one year to the day from my LBHR. The first one has worked great so far and I have been able to ski, surf and play basketball at a high level. I am looking forward to many more activities with the new hip. I am 34 years old and my surgeon believes there is no reason to think that these won’t last many years, if not my entire life. I was also able to get his perspective on metallosis, neck capsule preservation and cup angle…..very interesting.Just wanted to say thanks to Pat and everyone on this site for the constant affirmation of this procedure. It was central to my decision making process. Hope to have some pics up soon on some backcountry skiing and aerials that I was able to return to after my first BHR. Dr. Pritchett is a great doctor and a nice guy, but you need to have questions prepared for him or your conversations with him will be short. The Swedish Medical Center is top notch too, don’t hesitate to take advantage of all the services they offer. Keep us up to date and hit us up with questions.