Surfacehippy | Hip Resurfacing Alternative to Total Hip ReplacementPosted on by Patricia Walter
I am 3 weeks post op from a Dr. Gross resurf. Here are a few thoughts for those who are considering the procedure:
1. Dr. Gross uses a minimal invasion procedure, the incision is only 4 inches. Special tools have been designed in order to work effectively through such a small opening, however, I believe because of this I had very little post op pain and in fact and was able to comfortably fly back home 4 days post op without pain meds.
2.For the surgery, I was given a sedative and then a spinal. I was never under a general and therefore had no nausea after surgery, just sleepy. Just prior to surgery some blood was collected from me and sent to the lab where they used a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and then used this concentrate in the wound as they were closing up to accelerate the healing process.
3. The swelling in my hip was controlled through meds and by the use of a small cooling machine that pumps cold water through a plastic waffle that is secured against the operated hip with Velcro straps. The size of this machine is the size of a small six pac cooler and its yours to take home. I had no swelling and wore the same loafers home that I wore to the hospital. The pain medication I was given was Vicodin. I needed to use it only once, the day after surgery.
4. I met with a physical therapist the first day after surgery and was taught how to navigate steps and some exercises to use at home. I did not need to find a physical therapist at home.
5. 3 weeks post op and I’m walking with a limp but without a cane or crutches. The two other people who also had their hips resurfaced on the same day are also doing as well.