I had my operation on January 7, 2010 by Dr. Bose and I came back into a whirlwind of work as a Certified Public Accountant in the midst of tax season here in the United States. Since then, as you’ve probably heard the economy has been in the tank and running my business has taken precedence over almost everything else.
I am from North Carolina, USA and had been having pain in my right hip since 2005. The local orthopedic surgeons recommended I have a total hip replacement. Well, to me that was not an option since it would have restricted my physical activities tremendously and I felt I was much too young for such a change in lifestyle.
Finally, I found your website over a year ago and did my research, chose Dr. Bose and contacted several patients of his. They all spoke so highly of him that I contacted him via email and he would always respond in a timely and understanding manner. It took a while to obtain the proper visas and arrange my schedule in a way that would not greatly affect my work since I am the sole owner of my accounting firm. My daughter, Vikki, wanted to accompany me and I thought it would be a great adventure for both of us since we’ve never travelled to India or Asia for that matter.
It had been nerve racking up to the day of travel and family members thought I was crazy to travel half way around the world when there are “excellent” doctors here. However, once we were on the plane, it all went away and I was at peace with my decision though I did have thoughts and concerns about all the complications that could occur during and after the operation. Dr. Bose and Mohan were very prepared from the moment we landed in Chennai to the hotel and eventually to the hospital was a seamless transition with someone already assigned to take us to our next destination. The most wonderful experience came after the operation when Vikki and I were taken care of for almost a week of post-operative care at the hospital. We knew that care after an operation is very critical to the recovery process and minimizing complications, if any. We received, I felt, the gold standard treatment from each and every hospital staff member. The nurses were always attentive and ready to assist with a smile when I pressed the button. They weren’t just nice but professional in their care. They knew what they were doing. The food was excellent and I really couldn’t ask for better if I were at a five star hotel. Rehabilitation was slow progress but the Therapist was also excellent and a constant source of support and motivation.
Though after a week, Vikki and I were itching to get out and taste the fresh Indian air. I had chosen to stay at the Fisherman’s Cove for the last week of recovery. This was as a result of the feedback of those that had been previous patients of Dr. Bose. It is a beautiful hotel right on the beach. We did not get to sightsee much, however, one day I did follow Vikki to the store as she shopped for traditional Indian woman’s clothing. We met some very nice folks downtown and also had a good time at the mall where we purchased more gifts for family. I was walking everywhere with my two crutches and it felt great!
We returned on the 20th of January and it felt great. It was the start of tax season and we were in full swing of cold weather and snow in the Carolinas.
Well, once I got home I did what every silly man does when he starts to think that he’s “cured”. I saw snow and I started shoveling and it felt great. However, there was this tinge of pain and as the day wore on it got a little worse. Well, it turned out ok, however, it was one of several episodes trying to rush my recovery. Thus, my recovery has been like taking two steps forward and one step back because of my stubborn nature to “push it”.
I made one other smart decision and that was to hire a special trainer to teach me exercises that would focus on strengthening my core and hips muscles without injuring myself in the process. I did this for one and a half months before my six month checkup. Fast forward to July 1st, 2010, this was my six-month checkup and I had it done at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Hospital with Dr. Jinnah. I had seen Dr. Jinnah in April because of some concerns that I had with aches and pains in my hip area. Prior to my travel to India, I had met Dr. Jinnah and he promised to look after me and review my progress after I returned from India. As had many others before me, one of the main reasons I travelled outside the U.S. was because I did not have medical insurance and the cost would have been prohibitive. Dr. Jinnah has a friendly demeanor and always seems to have a teaching moment for the interns. The x-rays show an excellent recovery and development and it sure was great to hear that. Since, at times, I felt that I had done something to re-injure the hip. Though, the swelling on the surgery is still there and has reduced some, I’ve been told it would take time for that to go completely down. Otherwise, both Dr. Bose and Dr. Jinnah gave me the green light to do most anything. After almost five years, I went out and ran and jumped for about an hour at a park near my home. Well, you can guess that it wasn’t long before I had aches that forced me to slow it down for at least another week! The pain did go away and I have been running slowly, doing jump rope and slowly working on getting back the rhythm that I had lost five years ago.
I also know that I have to be careful because the left hip will act up and it’s a reminder that nothing lasts forever. Though that may be true, I smile inside because so long as Dr. Bose and his team of experts are here, I know that there is hope for those young at heart like myself.
Thank you Dr. Bose, Mohan and the rest of the team for doing such a wonderful job of taking care of us and giving me a chance to live fully.