July 19, 2008
Hello Hippies, I am home with my new ceramic THR. I came home on Wednesday after having the surgery on Monday.
All I have to say is this surgery was very painful. I passed out in the chair the first night ( I think from the pain) and received 3 units of blood only one my own. I am much better now.
Well we are not sure exactly what went wrong with the BHR ( we don’t have all the tests back, they sent some to London and some to Pat Campbell) the cup had only one fourth of bone grown in and the bone where the stem from the femoral component was darkened inside. Dr. Barrack also said they are finding out the majority of people with problem are women of my stature ( 5’2″ and 114lbs). So all in all this will be a better fit for me.
I do not regret starting with the BHR, it was wonderful for the year or so it lasted. The BHR was a breeze compared to this one. I was extremely happy with Dr. Barrack, he was on top of the game the entire time. Now on the recovery and looking forward to a pain free and active life with my husband and three kids.Thanks for all the support Wendy RBHR 03/07 revised to ceramic THR 07/14/08
July 7, 2008 Thank you everyone for your support. I saw my OS and after we discussed what might be going on with my BHR I going to have a ceramic THR on the 14th. My OS talked and sent my films and labs to Mr. Treacy, McMinn and another top doc from L.A. I may have a rare condition where I do not produce enough fluid to lubricate the metal on metal joint, this causes it to be a metal on metal instead of metal, fluid and then metal. It’s kinda like trying to run an engine without oil. So my metal ions came back high and when they attempted to aspirate from the joint they could not ( you should have 5-10 ml on a normal joint). Or possible soft tissue has grown around the implant. So with the metal allergy? no joint fliud and on and off pain, we have decided to go with the THR sadly. Also Dr. Barrack (my OS ) is going to send a tissue sample and my implant to Pat Campbell. Wendy RBHR 03-07