In the Winter of 2009, my left hip failed on a trail run. I spent the next 6 months trying to figure out what was wrong. After going through several rounds of Seattle doctors, I found Dr. Pritchett. He told me I needed to have my hip replaced. I started crying in his office. He explained hip resurfacing to me as I explained I have been a runner for 30 years and a serious rock climber for 25.
In August of 2009, he resurfaced my left hip with a BHR. My recovery was stellar. I started rock climbing after 6 weeks and running trails after 3 months. Fast forward to the Summer of 2015, when my right hip failed hiking. I went to SurfaceHippy and learned that Smith and Nephew had suspended the smaller sizes, which means me. Dr. Prichett said it was time to resurface my right hip. I cried. He said I would still be able to run and climb with a Synovo Preserve device.
He installed my new hip on November 17, 2015. This recovery has been even easier than the first time. I started walking with crutches on my dirt road with snow in 6 days. The walks started short, but within 3 weeks after surgery, I was walking 2 miles. I started climbing inside in 6 weeks.3 times now, I have run a mile or so, mixed with walking over 3 miles. I am climbing now at about 75% of my maximum difficulty.
My right hip feels great – it feels more natural than the left. I started PT at 2 1/2 weeks and it has worked wonders. I feel like I have recovered more quickly and my gait is natural.
I am really happy with the Synovo Preserve and Dr. Pritchett. I’m ready for the summer!