It’s my ten year anniversary for my first hip resurfacing. My second was done on November 29th of the same year, 2010.
I am thankful about the last ten years, and give great love and respect to Pat, whose efforts on this site really supported me on the path to and early after my surgeries.
The hips are in great shape, despite my activities.
A few weeks into covid working from home, I started feeling sciatic pain on my right leg. I worried at first that it may be my hip(s), but went to see my surgeon. The x rays came back perfect, no anomalies and such.
Also had metals measured, and although there’s a slight rise from before, they are well below any limits.
So the progression has gone : First test – Chromium 3.4, Cobalt 3.1, After four years – Chromium 1.7, Cobalt 1.1 , after nine years – Cobalt 1.0, the current readings were Cobalt 2.8, Chromium 1.2.
Having both hips done and the bar being to stay under 7, it is very good news.
All in all very happy, but in investigating the sciatic pain, they found a slight bulge from my lumbar region, so I’m doing physical therapy and maybe contemplating day surgery to shave off part of the bulge. Apparently it’s routine.
The injury I think came from long ago, just was kept at bay by exercise and stretching. Working from home in this era cuts down the opportunities to do that, so I think that is affecting this.
Funny that I immediately wanted the hips cleared as possible culprits, and they are just fine.
Anyways – a reach out to rookie, veteran and prospective hippies – keep going, if we can avoid issues, this has been a great and long lived solution to the pain.