April 6, 2011 Thanks to Patricia and this web site, I have a resurfaced hip by Dr. Mont of Baltimore. Originally I thought that I was a bit too old but after all the good information on this site, I guess I am not. My dentist always complained that my jaw was like rock so I did figure i must be a good candidate for this, even though I am 70. I spend my winters in Mt. Tremblant, QC and did ski all this winter also. My wife helped buckle my left boot and after the painful limp to the lift, I was OK while my knees were bent – angulation on the steeper slopes was a bit painful – but worth it. Afterwards, I did pay for it the rest of the evening. I am super active and the restrictions put on THR by my local surgeon, as far as skiing goes, well, I did not like it.
I am 10 days now from surgery and could walk with a cane but am sticking to crutches – either one or two – depending on what I am doing. I like to push but with caution, being a pilot all my life with 3,000 parachute jumps. After 4 days I have swelling in my thigh – after all the good info on this site I am icing the leg 3 time a day, elevated, after my exercise sessions. The swelling is slowly going down and even though my thigh feels very tight still, the exercises have now allowed me to be able to lift the leg easily to the bed. No one has talked about the difficulty of getting in and out of bed the first few days. That was a trip. I will post the time that it will take for the swelling to go away totally.
Thanks again Pat, for this great website. Bill
April 15, 2011 I am almost 3 weeks from surgery and walking comfortably with one crutch, getting in and out of the car and bed easily with no aids. I do my exercises twice a day and walk 20 minutes in the afternoon. The hip feels like there is something there but is really not an issue as far as any pain. Now the knee, wow, it feels like I am rehabbing the knee and not the hip. I have gotten back about 50% of the flex but for the rest – the tightness is amazing.
August 19, 2011 I am 70 years old and had my left hip resurfaced almost 5 months ago. My recovery is excellent. I could tie my shoe after 3 months and I was kite surfing in 4. Now I will not have to ask my wife to buckle my ski boot this winter.
I have been carrying pavers for my walkway and 60lb bags of sand. Once in a while I hear some squeaking and I paid it no mind. I thought it might be my knee pads or whatever. Today again I heard the squeaks again and I paid a bit more attention. They were coming from my hip – not clunking like you talk about on the forum but a squeak. No pain at all from my hip at any time.