…All in all the surgery and recovery has gone very well. I have been very impressed with everyone at Proliance, Dr. Pritchett’s practice, and the folks at Swedish. Plus, I have so much confidence in Dr. Pritchett that I know my surgery was done as well as it could have been done. He is so knowledgeable in this area having worked with one of the original pioneers in resurfacing and then pioneering additional improvements himself. Everyone we spoke to about him offered unsolicited comments of praise. He is a man of few words, but extremely capable and very much focused on what is best for the patient. He stands head and shoulders above the first two surgeons I consulted about my hip…… Read the rest
October 15, 2015
My name is Rob, I have been reading information on this site since 2012, and never posted anything. I figured if other stories have helped me, maybe my story could help someone else. Words cannot express how helpful this site has been to me!
Thank you Pat!
A little background…When I was a freshman in high school I was 6’4″ 265lbs, so naturally I played football and basketball. My sophomore year I had grown to be a very athletic 6’6″ and 300lbs. I ended up playing 4 years of football and basketball and received a football scholarship to Oregon State University. I played football there for 3 years. After my playing days were over, my weight got away from me. I had … Read the rest
About Me: I’m 64, short (5′ 5″), and active/athletic (cross-training 6 days/week, including yoga). I used to be a runner, mountain biker, rock climber, and skier, but hip and back conditions gradually limited my primary activities to hiking and backpacking, which are the most important to me anyway.
My Long-Developing Hip Condition: My condition apparently resulted from a minor, previously undiagnosed deformity of the pelvis, with symptoms appearing late and developing over a very long period of time, so that I adapted to it and delayed surgery for many years, until absolutely necessary. And this long-developing condition ended up resulting in post-surgical complications that none of my providers anticipated or diagnosed, leaving me to figure it out in the end. I first noticed limited range … Read the rest
Published on May 27, 2014 – Hip Replacement in her early 30s. My activity level is better than ever. “Since having my hip resurfaced, there really isn’t anything I can’t do.”
Dr. Buechel shares information about his bilateral hip resurfacing by Dr. Pritchett on December 15, 2015.
Dr. Pritchett and Dr. Frederick Buechel, Sr. renowned orthopedic Surgeon, implant designer and innovator, also discuss hip resurfacing and history of polyethylene resurfacing. This is a very interesting and informative video.
In the Winter of 2009, my left hip failed on a trail run. I spent the next 6 months trying to figure out what was wrong. After going through several rounds of Seattle doctors, I found Dr. Pritchett. He told me I needed to have my hip replaced. I started crying in his office. He explained hip resurfacing to me as I explained I have been a runner for 30 years and a serious rock climber for 25.
In August of 2009, he resurfaced my left hip with a BHR. My recovery was stellar. I started rock climbing after 6 weeks and running trails after 3 months. Fast forward to the Summer of 2015, when my right hip failed hiking. I went to SurfaceHippy and … Read the rest
March 30, 2012
I had a right hip done by Dr. Pritchett July 2011 and I’m very happy with the results. I was 57 years old at the time and active. My main problem after the surgery was a very tight and painful iliotibial band (sp?) but it finally stretched out fine and I’ve had no problems with it since. I returned to running and did the 5K Turkey Trot on Bainbridge Island in November 2011, just four months after the surgery. It is now March 2012 and I now run about 3 times a week for 35 to 40 minutes each time – I completely changed my running style to minimize the impact by running exclusively on my toes and mid-foot (no heel striking … Read the rest
My name is Rob, I have been reading information on this site since 2012, and never posted anything. I figured if other stories have helped me, maybe my story could help someone else ? Words cannot express how helpful this site has been to me!
Thank you Pat!
A little background…When I was a freshman in high school I was 6’4″ 265lbs, so naturally I played football and basketball. My sophomore year I had grown to be a very athletic 6’6″ and 300lbs. I ended up playing 4 years of football and basketball and received a football scholarship to Oregon State University. I played football there for 3 years. After my playing days were over, my weight got away from me. I had weighed as … Read the rest
I had my right hip resurfaced on Aug. 30, 2011 at age 59. I’m three weeks into it and doing ok. Dr. Pritchett used a hybrid mix of a Stryker X3 acetabular component with a BHR femoral component.10 years ago, as I walked briskly with my best friend on our daily excursion through the neighborhoods of Seattle, I began to notice that after 15 minutes of walking I began to favor my right leg and I limped a bit. It felt odd and uncomfortable. Marg said that I had a “hitch in my get along”. I was relatively young and didn’t think much of it. The discomfort came and went but as time passed it became more constant. I stopped walking and working out
I am 5 weeks out from left hip resurfacing surgery (conserve plus) by Dr. Pritchett (Seattle, WA). I started physical therapy a couple weeks ago. The therapist suggested an upright stationary bike with the seat raised so as not to exceed the 90 degree restriction.
Only in last week or so has the swelling in my knee decrease to the point where I have more than very limited movement. Previous to last week, I could only minimally (less than 10 degrees) deflect my knee joint.
The physical therapist I am going to suggested a “foam wedge” (approximately 12″ tapering to 3″ high over an approximate 24″ length) placed such that the higher end abuts your butt and the lower end supports your ankles (depending on … Read the rest
I am 33 and had a LBHR done by Dr. Pritchett this winter. I too have skied all my life……backcountry, resort, heli, halfpipe, terrain park, all of it. I’ve heard of people retiring to ski after hip resurfacing, but not necessarily at a high and aggressive level.
I was 33 when I had my first on 12/23/08 and 34 when I had my second on 12/23/09.
December 22, 2009
Just got out of the OR recovery room a few minutes ago from my second BHR with Dr. Pritchett in Seattle, exactly one year to the day from my LBHR. The first one has worked great so far and I have been able to ski, surf and play basketball at a high level. I am looking
Shabbis’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Pritchett 2014
October 20, 2014
I am a 41 year old male with FAI and HOA in both hips. I was diagnosed in 2012 and was told by a local ortho here in Portland that I would need a THR in both hips and to go as long as I could before getting it done. I felt that wasn’t a good enough answer and started to look for other options. I then discovered this site.
I used to be an avid runner (about 45 miles a week) and I surf, ski, road and mtn bike, hike, swim. Pretty much everything… I’ve had to cut back on most of my activities as the pain is now getting to the point where … Read the rest
January 6, 2015
I had my RBHR done yesterday morning by Dr Pritchett. Yesterday was really encouraging for me. Post-op pain was easily managed and boredom had me begging for a PT by late afternoon and I got my wish granted around 6 pm. Got some exercises done and did a short walk around my room and a longer walk down the hallway with him, then later that night and even longer walk with my nurse, all with a walker. I never sleep well in hospitals and last night was no exception…got mire than usual but lessentially than an hour and a half total. Today started early, with an OT appt at 7:15, a PT appt at 9:30, and discharge from the hospital by 10:30. … Read the rest
Jim Turk’s Acetabular Cup Revision of Hip Resurfacing by Dr. Pritchett 2013
My initial resurfacing had an alignment issue, causing noise (audible squeaks, pops, etc.). Over the course of my first 18 months, the situation deteriorated, and I finally got a blood test done. Sure enough, I had very high metal levels. Damn…metalosis! I needed a second surgery on my newly repaired hip.
I consulted with my surgeon (Dr. Pritchett in Seattle), and he was confident that I could get a revision done to my resurfaced hip and get good results. I agonized over whether to go this route or just get a THR. Coincidentally, a good friend of mine was going through the exact same experience at about the same time. Each of us … Read the rest
Bryn’s Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Pritchett 2011
Personal Blog Here http://onehipdude.blogspot.com/
In March 2010 I found out that I simply had bi-lateral OA from a not-so-helpful Dr. that said nothing about impingement, femoracetabular impingement (FAI), potential treatment options,…eventhough he was looking at my x-rays during the exam. Sadly I walked out of there thinking that my active lifestyle was over at the ripe old age of 41. He said, “I’m not trying to sell you a new hip” and then handed me a thin booklet on THR. “Get on the hip train to local ortho clinic and get yourself some shiny new hips (THR)” was how I sarcastically felt about the whole thing. So I embarked on the journey I am now on. I … Read the rest
Matt’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Prtichett 2014
September 6, 2014
I had my right hip resurfaced on August 12th 2014 by Dr. Pritchett in Seattle WA. Things are going pretty well for me but I don’t know whether or not I may be pushing things too fast. I don’t have good success listening to my body about my limitations so I’m hoping you all can give me some guidance.
I was told I could bear weight on my hip as tolerated. Well, I can tolerate a lot so I stopped using crutches on day 8 and have been walking without aid since; the first 3 days without were rather clunky but now I’m doing pretty well. My right leg is a bit longer than the … Read the rest
Evan’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Pritchett 2014 July 23, 2014 After some lurking and the recent decision to get a BHR, I have decided to step up and introduce myself. I am 46, male, married, two kids (7 and 5). I have never been a fierce competitor in any one sport, but I have always been active and in decent shape. I have scheduled a BHR for my left hip with Dr Pritchett in early September of this year (2014). It’s been confirmed now for a little over a year that I have FAI on both hips with moderate OA; a confirmed torn labrum on my left and probable on right. I have been through a bunch of physical and massage therapy and while I … Read the rest