Dearest Pat, my deepest gratitude to you and many others involved in surface hippy and others that are not i.e. surgical table reps. various surgeons thru out the world – Drs. Roberson, Dr. Bose, De Smet, Dr. Hansen, Matta, Brown, the South Carolina Dr. Gross for being a pioneer in resurfacing, Dr. Bala, and others I’m not remembering this moment, and my deepest gratitude has to go to Dr. Raphael Klug.
I had bilateral hip resurfacing done Feb. 24-2007. I managed to get off all narcotics by about day 11 or 12 post-op. I am quite skinny and the narcs worked well for hip pain but absolutely were taking there toll on the rest of my body mostly stomach and head. I googled oxycontin and darvocet and online they were instantly compared to heroin and methadone, BELIEVE IT THESE ARE SOME HEAVY DRUGS, and the withdrawal can be severe.
I am still having difficulty sleeping but am slowly figuring out positions (still not many to choose from). I am getting around on crutches and bearing a little more weight each day. I take no pain meds of any kind, thank you God, I change positions fairly frequently i.e. sitting, walking, laying. still can’t quite stand on my head, but I will get there.
I was told by a very reliable P.T. that everyone comes around in time. Probably not good to compare as everyone one is different. My athletic goals are to once again surf, snowboard, ski, mtn. and road bike, swim, play a little volleyball, basketball, etc. I have completed six Hawaii Ironman’s 1991-1997, but have not run for a couple years because of the intense hip pain and it is very doubtful that I will take up running, in my opinion the risks outweigh the benefits. A little easy basketball or the like will be the extent of my running, there are to many other great sports to risk them for some more years of running. Climbing a few mountains would be very cool.
I work as a registered nurse for 9 years now and believe I have a lot of life experiences at age 50, my life in my twenties involved things I wont discuss here. I found out about Dr. Klug after a solid 3 months of research via computer, phone, and just thinking outside the box. The way I found out about Dr. Klug was extremely unexpected (U.S. surgeon). I was tentatively planning on a trip to India and paying out of pocket, but thank god once again that wasn’t necessary for me, although I feel that could be a great decision for some.
Pat please share this online for others to read. Thank God and everyone. Floyd Landis and other professional athletes are having resurfacing or total hip replacement done and I hear good outcomes. I think a lot of it depends on a solid lengthily rehab. What’s a year or so to totally recover after all these years of pain, mega does of anti-inflammatory, etc.. A year or so is not much in the big picture. Just think about all the cancer patients and other illnesses that don’t have the chance the arthritic hip patients do have. Have patience and make decisions that are right for you with help from the professionals. Great luck to all, keep your spiritual program strong and you will do great. F.