BHR Dr. McInnis 10/4/2010
I am 48 weekend warrior guy who went from constantly moving to slowly dwindling activity to the point of pretty much forcing myself up to our home gym 4 – 5 days/week. Ultimately I found it was OA in my L hip that was holding me back. I tried steroid injections which only showed me how things could be with a better joint; I met with a local joint replacement surgeon/friend who thought with my anatomy, age, prior activity level the BHR was my best option.
Surgery (BHR + a couple other ortho issues) scheduled for 10/4/10. Got extremely nervous before the date poor sleep, etc. If you are in the same boat talk to your MD about a sleeper as it will help post-op.
Because I was having a carpal tunnel release during this OR time I ended up needing a platform walker which freaked my wife out a bit. Surgery went great, woke up with an epiphany… no joint pain! Granted with the dissection & positioning required for the BHR the surrounding muscles hurt, spasmed & bruised but what a relief! Got my immediately post-op with oral pain meds (occasionally supplemented by IV morphine). Never needed a PCA pump. Could have gone home as early as POD 2 but day 3 worked better. Ditched the walker <1 week post-op, single crutch for a week, now on a cane. Progress has been rapid & without a hitch so far. Using pain meds only at night for >1 week.
All-in-all enthusiastic to the extreme – I can see the promise of getting my old active life back.
Many thanks to Dr Doug McInnis (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho) & his entire team, Kootenai Medical Center, the outstanding nurses, & PT/OT personnel!