Wayne’s Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Ball 2008
November 10, 2008
I’m 47 and had Bi-lat surgery with Dr. Ball at UCSD went picture perfect (according to the Dr.) I just walked with a walker of course, thru the front door of my home Yes home on day 3 post op. I just want everyone that is having surgery soon or the near future my bone on bone pain is completely gone as soon as I woke up from surgery, and let me tell you that pain was intense. Now my buttcheeks are sore but that pain is nothing and I mean nothing compared to that bone on bone pain. By the way I am only on tylenoyl now for pain. I have had both sides with the ASR.
I have not been able to sit crossed legs for 3yrs , I could only ride a bike standing up on the pedals for the last 2yrs , tying my shoes was a huge chore . I had to prop my foot up on something behind me and reach back and tie them.
November 15, 2008
Things overall are pretty well. I have learned that the easiest of tasks like getting out of bed, going to the bathroom, showering take so much energy after surgery. However all of you guys and gals have always posted that every day gets better and easier and I have found that to be the truth. Today I’m post op day 8 and getting stronger and stronger. I don’t know how difficult the first few days are for a single hip but I do know the first few days for both hips took a lot of my energy. On the fifth day post op my energy level came back big time. I’m walking around pretty darn good with a walker still( I tried crutches and did ok but right now I feel safer with a walker). I can’t thank you all enough for your replies and support. I truly am not sure if I could have gone thru all this if it were not for all your help. The future looks bright surfing, snowboarding, ice skating ,rollerblading all that , even just walking normal again.
November 21, 2008
day 14 post op arrived today from a bi-lat resurf and my pt told me to try the cane. I couldn’t believe how well I could get around without the crutches ;D. I was starting to get a small rash under the arms from the crutches, so I’m glad to do without them for now. I am just blown away that after two weeks from surgery things are going so well. I do most of my walking early in the day and afternoon (this is when I have most of my strenght). Late afternoons is when the tank runs out and I rest. I am not gonna push it to far after reading all your posts about taking it easy and slow.
November 30, 2008
My bi-lat surgery was 23 days ago and while I’m basically pain free and walking 1/2 mile with a cane(3/4 of the walk is without using the cane) I can tell you I have some other issues. My issues are that my aductors and flexors were (are) so tight before and after surgery that it is difficult for me to go up a six inch step. I’m doing stretches to loosen them up but I feel that this issue is gonna take a few months to resolve. Because I waited so long to have my surgery and because of the way I had to walk prior to surgery I was not using these muscles and now it is all about teaching these muscles they have to work again.
January 7, 2009
Today is my 2 month post op day, and I just wanted to let every one know how thankful I am. To all who have posted and to all who have responded to any of my questions/concerns thank you for helping me and everyone else out in our time of need. We all are a unique breed. Thanks Chuck for all your time monitoring when Pat can’t, and thanks Pat for taking your time to educate yourself about hip resurfacing so we may all learn as much as we can about our unique situations. You all have tremendously changed my life for the better. Thanks.
February 3, 2009
Its been 11 weeks and I finally went back to work today. I could have gone back 5 weeks ago but since my job is very labor intensive I waited a little longer so that all the good stuff my doc did, did not get reversed. I work construction (concrete, masonry and tile) and lift heavy loads and alot of bending down to do tile work. Today I must have gotten up and down from the floor at least two hundred times and I’m doing pretty good. I did get a little sore in the legs but it was all muscle soreness. I feel that 11 weeks post op is still fairly early in the recovery process and if I feel this good I can just imagine how things will be in 3 more months. Keep you all posted.
March 12, 2009
I went surfing for the first time on Saturday( 4 months post op).The waves were small and weak but I went anyway. I caught 12 waves but couldn’t get to my feet yet. I came real close 3 times getting to my feet but I am just not there yet. Soon I hope. The last 4 weeks since I went back to work I sorta stopped doing my PT and I think that has slowed my ROM from returning to where I want it to be. So i have started doing my PT again and hope that will make a big difference next time I get in the water. I’m from south Orange County so Salt Creek,Trestles,San Clemente and San Onofre are the spots.
March 24, 2009
I went snowboarding today for the first time post op. It has been 4 and a half months since surgery and I couldn’t take it any more. Let my 11 year old play hookie and we went up to the mountains and had a great day. I rode pretty mellow until noon then I really just cut loose. It felt so good and the hips were not even an issue. Not an ounce of pain and I was able to really bend and flex like I haven’t for a few years.I even caught an edge once and went down pretty hard and not any pain whatsoever. I’m just stoked to be able to get up there again and ride and not be in pain. So for skiers and snowboarders I believe you will be able to ride again in the future.
May 27, 2009
A little over six and a half months ago. I got both hips done the same day and everything worked out fantastic. I’ve been surfing (kinda crawling up still not the fast jump to my feet yet), snowboarding, biking, running, running stairs, playing baseball, all kinds of things since 3 months post op. Most of my days now I barely even can remember I just had surgery six months ago, except to realize how good i feel now compared to before surgery. I’m not 100% yet but I keep getting better and better as time goes by. My doc told me he thought it would take me a full year to get back to normal because my hips were in such bad shape.
October 29, 2009
Well I finally got to go windsurfing today ( 1st time since before surgery ). I was a little apprehensive about the whole deal because it has been so long since I’ve done it and having the new hips tested to see how they will respond. I am happy to report that after the first 10 minutes or so all apprehension disappeared and it felt like I never even missed a beat. The wind was blowing 25-30 miles per hour and I rode a 5.0 sq. meter sail. I rode many waves ( I was the only one in the water) hit the lip, bottom turns made all my jibes, i was a little rusty on the heli tacks however but they came around at the end of the session. When I went out in the water I had every intention on sorta taking it easy and not do any jumps, well that didn’t last more than 15 minutes as I started out with some small jumps. I felt so good , no problems with the hips so I got in some 15 foot airs and had some hard landings and some soft landings all with no problems whatsoever. Is all I can say is it feels so good to be able to windsurf again and at a level where I can really push myself.
September 1, 2009
I just got done reading all the info on the Depuy ASR and its recall and I’m just sitting here thinking ‘oh great’. I actually have been following this for several months now because lucky me I have two ASR implants. I have talked to my Doc about this and we will stay on top of things to make sure all is well. I am coming up on my 2 yr post op Nov 7th and I’m glad to report so far all is fantastic and has been since I awoke in the recovery room . As far as my activity levels go I am charging as hard as ever and plan to continue as long as the body and mind allow. All with no pain so far. I have been surfing , windsurfing, skateboarding (mellow), rollerblading, ice skating, wakeboarding, wake surfing, running, trampoline, hiking, biking, baseball, golfing, yoga since my surgery and happy to report no problems or pain associated with any of these activities. I believe I have a great Doc who did my surgery, all at the correct angles and proper placements and so on, so I will just rest assured that all will continue to go well. Time will only tell.
November 7, 2009
l just wanted to check in on my 2 yr post op day. Almost can’t believe it was 2 yrs ago today that i had my life changing surgery. The way i chose to celebrate today was going down to the beach all day and surfing. Had a great day and want to report all things are going well with the new hips and they are giving me no problems whatsoever. I have read reports from people who have said they feel better and stronger with greater ROM on their 2yr post op day from their 1 yr post op day. Well I have to say the same thing , I have noticed an improvement from last yr. Just wanted to share the good news with everyone.
November 9, 2012
I am here to check in on my 4th anniversary of my simultaneous bi-lateral resurfacing. Yesterday the 7th was the day 4 yrs ago that my life changed radically for the better. Got rid of the pain i was living in, started living life again like a normal person would. Happy to check in and report all is well still and living a very very active life with a lot of impact sports. Surfing, windsurfing, snowboarding, ice skating are a few of the things I have been able to resume. This has been a life changing surgery and in all good/great ways for me. I guess the biggest bump in the road for me was finding out that the implants I received were the Johnson and Johnson Depuy ASR which happen to have been recalled/stopped production because of a design flaw. I have been monitoring everything with my Doc and so far so good , everything is just fine with my implants and my body. To tell you the truth I am not even all that concerned because the problem rate is about 13 % which leaves 87 % success rate. Anyways just wanted to report that all is well after 4yrs and not slowing down a bit. I hope everyone dealing with hip issues get them resolved and start living life again.
Pain free and loving it.