April 2, 2015
I’ve been sat on the fence and reading with interest (for the last 18 months) all the useful info on this site.I check in every day to see the latest blogs to try and gain as much knowledge as I can.
Some 20 years ago I was diagnosed with early osteoarthritis and told to calm down my sporting activities and expect a replacement at some point in the future.Needless to say I never calmed down and carried on with Martial arts,Moto-x,Enduro and Mountainbiking.With no regrets.
Slowly my hips got worse.First to go was the kickboxing then moto-x,then 2 years ago I rode my last enduro.I found xc mountain biking was a good compromise and have been regulary competing in marathon style events of between 50 to 90km.
The last 3 or so months the pain has gone up a level and I’m having more bad days than good.Only this sunday I was doing an event in wild wet Wales and at 27 km into it I had a major bike problem which forced me to walk a few km to the food stop where I could get a lift back to the start.Those few km of walking where agony and made me question is now the right time to throw the towel in and get surgery.
Rewind to November 2013 and I was within a few weeks of having a THR at a local hostpital, luckily before the axe fell I stumbled across this site and thanks to it’s members and gr8 info I found out about BHR and Mr Treacy.A private appointment was made where I was told I was a good candidate and was then put onto the NHS system as his patient.
My xrays are showing bone on bone areas and Mr Treacy is happy to perform his magic when I feel the time is right.
When is the right time?
Apart from hip pain (which I can put up with most of the time)will the knee pain and shooting leg pains go when I get BHR?
Will I feel more stable on my legs,any sideways movement or fast changes in direction are a big no no at the moment.Tried doing some bag work(boxing) last year and stepping off the centre line while punching was very painful.
Long term I would love to get back to Enduro,but to be able to run a little and play football with my kids would be gr8.
I think most of you will say the time is right and I think maybe it is,but then when I have a good day I think I could hold it off for longer in the hope of a miracle cure.
By the way my diagnosis for the hip problem is Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis.so I suppose I’ve been lucky to have got as much use out of dodgy shaped hips anyway.
I’m a young 43 and still have a lot of sporting ambition.
sorry about the bad gramma and spelling,I’m more of a physical than a mental person.
Perhaps I should train my brain for a while and give my legs a rest.
September 12, 2015
last Saturday I was under Mr Treacy’s knife at Birmingham having a rbhr.Came home on the Monday and all’s going well,getting around the house ok on two crutches and occasionally on one (when I’ve got a cuppa tea in my other hand).only taking pain killers when needed and all in all feeling ok all things considered.My question is how far should I be walking, I don’t want to over do it but would like to do as much as possible at this stage.
October 11, 2015
Had my new bhr fitted by Mr Treacy 5 weeks ago and couldn’t be more happy at this stage,just a shame not everyone shares my view.Obviously being on crutches for a while gets people asking what’s the matter,just had my hip resurfaced I tell them which gets the sucking through teeth reaction from the concerned person in front of me.Then they proceed to tell me stories of gloom and doom about some elderly relative who had a new hip which dislocated every time they went to knitting club and in the end it killed them.Don’t worry I say implants are a lot better these days and anyway I’ve had a metal on metal hip resurfacing.With that I usually get a look like I’ve got 2 months to live and get told how they’ve read or been told that it’s going to fail for sure.As I tell them that I’ve done all my home work and chosen the best surgeon I can,they look in disbelief and go away muttering.
Only today I was spectating at an extreme enduro(motorbike) when I was approached by a limping ex rider telling me how he had a ceramic and poly thr and wasn’t advised to ride anymore.when he asked if I would ride again I said yep hope so,I’ve got no restrictions after 6 months.I’ll just pad up really well and ride with a bit more caution.No restrictions he said,why.Because I’ve had a Birmingham hip resurface I said.I almost knew then what the reaction was going to be.He looked me straight in the eye and said it’s going to break up.what do mean it’s going to break up I said.there sh-t he said.with that I gave a dirty look and walked off ( without a limp).
It’s such a shame there’s so many experts out there ready to dish out stories of doom from their limited knowledge.
Perhaps more people could be benefiting from resurfacing if it wasn’t for the scaremongering of the uneducated.
Sorry for the spelling,grammer and ramblings because I am also uneducated, but 110% sure I have made the right decision and in time I will get back to riding/racing motorbikes and mountain bikes( and I will kick some butt).
December 7, 2015
Now 3 months post op and looking to start back on the MTB soon( got my first marathon event of the season in April)
Will be looking to get back on my Beta 450rr at the six month mark and hopefully doing a few extreme events next winter if all goes well.
Glad to see your doing well on your bionic legs,given me confidence and inspiration.
Can’t beat a day in the dirt.
December 25, 2015
It’s natural to be anxious about having your hips done but please believe me your be so happy with your new pain free life.