October 19, 2007 So, I am 2 1/2 weeks out from my hip resurfacing with Mr. Treacy in Birmingham, UK. The plane flight back to Colorado was easy on my hip but just very draining overall. This was my second hip surgery on my right hip, prior to the BHR I had surgery for labral tears, microfracture and the rebuilding of my ligementum teres, which was a stabilizing ligament between the femoral head and the acetablum. I am not that young at 43, but very active, plus tall 5’9′ and 125 lbs with a very small frame. I must admit that this second surgery has been so much easier than the first, I have no pain just the itching of my scar. I walk about 1-2 miles a day and do my exercises 3 times a day and just try not to get bored. Taking nothing for pain and only … Read the rest
Mark Edwards – World’s First BHR Patient – Right BHR (July 1997)
First Ever BHR Patient
Mr. McMinn’s first BHR patient Mark Edwards came for his 15 year follow-up consultation in 2012. He regularly swims and skis commenting, “I’m delighted that my hip resurfacing has allowed me to lead an active lifestyle. There seems to be no deterioration in hip function 15 years on.”
Great news for hip resurfacing.
I’m a bilateral Birmingham, having done my first hip (right) on July 1, 2008, and my second (left) just two weeks ago, on September 30, 2008. After my first surgery I experienced some blurring of vision post op, and my excellent surgeon (Dr. James Pritchett, Seattle) told me that it sometimes happens but they aren’t sure exactly why – some combination of the drugs plus the surgery itself. First hip it went away in less than a week, but this 2nd time around I still have blurred vision and also some headaches and dizziness when I get up from lying down. Wondered if anyone else had experienced these symptoms and when they cleared up.
I have high praise for Dr. Pritchett in Seattle; he’s done hundreds of resurfacing operations and the place – Swedish Orthopedic Institute is first rate -a- brand new building and state of the art everything.
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Update May 24, 2016
I have taught and coached high level skiing for 46 years, the past 8 years on my resurfaced hip. Dr Gross encouraged me to ski on it, and I started skiing at six months post surgery. I have heard of people rarely having trouble with THRs when skiing; dislocations, femoral fractures. I have many friends including instructors, ski patrollers, and students who ski with THRs, and they are advised to stay away from moguls. However, I have never heard of a person having problems from skiing with a resurfacing. I am not sure that pounding icy moguls all day would be a great idea, but that will eventually destroy the rest of your body anyway. For myself, I ski hard 8 hours a day, seven days a week all winter. That includes, heli-skiing, blasting through crud, moguls (preferably softer at age 65), hard carving, and gates. … Read the rest
August 4, 2008 I am on day 11. I had the BHR done by Dr Brooks at the Cleveland Clinic. Today is the first day I feel somewhat human. My pain has been in the front of the thigh with a lot of cramping type pain in the leg. I am only allowed to put 75% of my weight on the leg for 6 weeks after the surgery. I was surprised to hear you say that you were still on crutches.
I did not do well with the oxycondon and viocodin and have stop using them although I am having trouble sleeping at night. It is also painful getting in and out of bed and car. Everyone keeps telling me have patience but I guess I did not expect how tough it was going to be.
I am 44 and was very active, 12 lbs over weight but in pretty … Read the rest