- 1 1/2 Year Update Blinky’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2015
- 2 Year Update Juno’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2013
- 4 year Anniversary for Chuck with Biomet from Dr. Gross
- 5 Year Anniversary for Sean’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2011
- 7 Year Update Andy’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2011
- 8 Year Update Chuck’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2008
- 8 Year Update John C’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2008
- 8 Year Update Mari’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2009
- Aerial’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2011
- Aerial’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2012
- Alan Hip Resurfacing Story RHR (3/16/2009) & LHR (3/19/2009) Dr. Gross
- Alan Rhodes Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2008
- Andy’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2012
- Annie April 20, 2011 Dr. Gross
- Annie Bilateral Hip Resurfacing Dr. Gross 2011
- BAM’s 2 Year Bilateral Update with Dr. Gross 2015
- Bam’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr.
July 21, 2018 – Back on the Mats
Next month I will hit my 10 year anniversary on my left hip resurfacing with Dr Gross which is doing fine. Last week I saw Dr Gross again to have my right hip resurfaced. I thought that it might be interesting to compare these two adventures as the second one evolves. Below are a few key notes from the two different recoveries as of 9 days out. We often hear on this site about how everyone’s recovery is different, and my story so far shows how different the recovery process can be for the same person on two different hips.
Pre-op: Really no changes here. Dr Gross, Lee Webb, and Nancy are all great, and the whole process runs like a well oiled machine.
Waking up after surgery: One very big difference here from 10 years ago. Dr Gross has added … Read the rest
This may be a little long but hopefully it will help those who don’t have as easy a time with surgery as most and are on the Slow Program with Dr Gross.
Update from a “slow programmer”… Now in the beginning of week 6 and feeling pretty good. Since the first 4 weeks were essentially 10% or toe touch on my operated leg I had no idea if my hip was better or worse than before I had surgery. It wasn’t until last week I really began to feel the difference in my hip. It was “amazing”. I felt like I had been “heeeeealed”. Putting my weight finally on the hip (about 50%) felt so good! I wanted to run as fast as I could through the house! Yes It was wobbly, the incision hurt, my muscles hurt and it felt “strange” but the same pain I had … Read the rest
Lori had her first hip resurfacing with a BHR withDr. Rector in 2011. Her original story is here. When she needed her other hip resurfaced, BHRs were no longer available for women. So she went to Dr. Gross for a Biomet hip resurfacing.
September 19, 2015
I am 8 days post op of Dr gross. My surgery was Friday. I flew home on Sunday.I wore a calf length skirt tulip style, Regular undies And a Calvin t shirt. I used wheelchair assistance and took two planes, not the best day of my life, but also not the worst.
September 25, 2015
Today I am at 14 days post op and having to take it easy.
I was going to hard on my PT of walking. I started to walk with a cane and did 1.5 miles for three days and then my hip swelled. I am waiting for it to … Read the rest
I am a 45 yo female and just underwent right hip resurfacing on 11/15/17 by Dr Thomas Gross and Lee Webb. Prior to my hip injury, I was a marathoner, trail runner, avid hiker (14’ers) and Mountain biker.
In 2015, I was diagnosed with a labrum tear in my right hip after running NYC Marathon in 2014. My first surgery to repair the labrum was in April 2015. Immediately after the surgery, I had more pain than I ever did prior. I continued PT beyond the recommendation of the surgeon and by July 2015, my PT advised me to get another MRI of my right hip. The MRI showed another labrum tear in close proximity to the first tear. In September 2015, I was back in the OR for labrum repair. My pain improved for about six months then returned. I got cortisone injections and did Protein Rich Plasma injections … Read the rest
I had my right hip done by Dr. Gross on 1/11/2011. Other than running, I’ve returned to every activity I’ve ever done, and honestly don’t even think about my hip 99.9% of the time. Anyone reading this who’s on the fence……just consider what you want the next 5 years to be like. I was 44 at the time I had mine done, and realized that there was a good chance it wouldn’t last my lifetime. However, I said that if I had to be sedentary, I’d rather do it at 65 years old than 45 years old. But, by then there will be even better technology, so I can be active maybe until 85 years old. (Except the rest of the body doesn’t want to comply all the time). SO glad I did it.
Unfortunately, the other hip is showing signs now. Only intermittently now, … Read the rest
October 5, 2017
Backing up to march 21/13 I had my right hip resurfaced with Dr Gross – I was in the Ontario queue for hip resurfacing but due to bone on bone debilitating my life the line for dr Schemitsch was well over 2 yrs in the Toronto area. I was fortunate enough to be able to afford dr gross but it was a quality of life / want to continue working decision – I remember asking Dr Gross how’s the osteo arth in the left hip and he said you will prob be back in 4 years. Dr Schemitsch office called July/13 and said we now have a date for you Oct 21/13 – 2 1/2 years in the queue!
March/16 I retired from work – went to gym to get more active but after 1 week of workouts my left hip was … Read the rest
June 17, 2017
I had L resurfacing done by Dr. Gross 5/10/2016. Of course everyone in my city (Austin, TX) advised me against it, even a ortho here in town that does them. Well it’s true that he couldn’t do my surgery anyway bcs I’m a tiny female. But once I read about Dr. Gross, I knew the trip to South Carolina would be worth it. So far my recovery has been entirely uneventful, thank goodness, because I’m going on vacation to China tomorrow. I just got my 6week followup xray (looks fine by my eye, I’m a radiologist, but don’t see these films since no one really does them here), and PT evaluation (looks good for this stage). The PT had me do the stage 2 exercises, which didn’t bother me at the time, but I’m kinda limping today (thought I’d stopped that). Couple questions: I never can tell … Read the rest
Jim’s Hip Resurfacing Story. Male, 64, healthy & athletic, low BMI (22.2), normal bone density
I had my left hip resurfaced on September 6, 2017 by Dr. Gross in Columbia, SC. So far, easy. I flew in from southern CA. Today is post-op day-4 and so far I’ve had no issues. All went according to plan: minimal discomfort (2-3 on scale of 10), some expected swelling, and two brief episodes of nausea. Other than that, not much to report. I am still on narcotics but only 1/2 ration. I plan to be completely off narcotics day 5.
As expected, I awoke from surgery and ~3 hours later was walking, slowly, with crutches. The anesthesiologist did an outstanding job. From the time I arrived at the hospital I was gradually sedated. By surgery time, two hours later, I had fallen asleep. Never was aware they had moved me into the surgery … Read the rest
Update May 27, 2017 – I’m sharing my story because I know that there are others who are experimenting with what it is possible to accomplish physically with resurfaced hips. I have been a life long runner, although the only official race I ran was the Marine Corp Marathon in 1987 at age 30, time 3:14. I was running 7-9 miles on mountain trails when I first felt the hip pain in 2005. I just “ran through it.” I finally went to a doctor in November 2010 and the X-rays showed that both of my hips were bone on bone, though only the right one was hurting me, a lot.
I had my right hip resurfaced in April 2011 by Dr. Kress in Atlanta, but didn’t return to running then for two reasons: (1) I got a big furry Great Pyrenees dog that didn’t like … Read the rest
Just posting for my (almost) 6 month post-surgery mark (I used 24 weeks because it came quicker :-))
Bottom Line: I couldn’t be happier.
To go back a year ago and recall all the hobbling and pain I experienced while trying to remain active, and then compare to how I feel now is simply hard to imagine. I’m doing activities that I haven’t done in *years*. I ran on the track a few weeks ago and did a little more than a 9 minute mile. I know that’s not too impressive, but in years past it would take me 9 minutes just to warm up a half of mile so I could even attempt to run more. I’ve played beach volleyball for a few weeks too, and while my jumping isn’t back to 100%, I’ve been able to run after balls and dive like I did … Read the rest
The short version is that everything is going well. I am running every other day up to 10K. My paces are getting faster. I swim four times a week and my strokes feel more natural and fluid, including the undulation of breaststroke and fly. I walk, lift, bend, jump, leap, do all the things a person does in every day life without a thought about my hips. There are still niggles and weaknesses and I do warn security of my metal hips when I go through a metal detector.
The long version is that my running times have dropped from 12 mm to 10:20 mm. I have run two days in a row, but don’t think it is a good idea to do this consistently, at least not yet. I am about ready to see if I can increase my distance to ten miles over … Read the rest