Hip #1 in 2012: I was in-and-out of pain. When it first started, I would ache for a few days, then it would subside for months. It wasn’t until I joined a tennis league when this started to shift. It wouldn’t always happen, but when it did, I would be in pain from 1-4 days, then no pain for a month or two. It slowly shifted to where the pain would be longer and the pain-free moments would be shorter. As I got closer to a decision, I would be in horrible pain for 7-10 days (couldn’t sleep, walk, sit, etc…), followed by ever shorter periods of no pain. Funny thing is, the day before my surgery I ran 4 pain
There are currently two basic surgery options available for hip replacement – Hip Resurfacing or Total Hip Replacement. Hip Resurfacing is bone conserving and allows a patient to return to an active life with no restrictions. Hip Resurfacing is often used for young male athletes who want to return to the sports they love.
A total hip replacement, THR, has been the gold standard for many years. THR is major surgery that can result in a long post-op recovery and often limits your activities depending on the type of hip device that is used.
I thought this might help others trying to get insurance approval for out of state hip resurfacing. This was written by Dr. Gross on 20/29/2020.
Wording of Remote Consultation which was submitted to my Insurer by Dr Gross’ office. This was the only attachment to an intake form for the Authorization application.
Chief Complaint: Right hip pain.
HISTORY OF PRESENT ILLNESS: Mr. Daniel Hahn is a 56-year old man who is consulting me regarding right hip pain. He has had longstanding problems with the right hip for over 7 years which has gotten progressively worse. He has difficulty walking and going up stairs. He has difficulty getting up from a seated position to a standing position. Any weight bearing is painful. He has no significant
Rdays Original Story – https://surfacehippy.info/rdays-hip-resurfacing-with-dr-schemitsch-2020/
I had my right hip resurfaced in January 2020 at University Hospital in London, ON. Here is a link to my story…
I had a follow-up by phone with Dr. Schemitsch this morning. Late in 2020, I had X-rays taken at my local hospital (Chatham, ON) and sent to Dr. Schemitsch. He said that the X-ray looked perfect, which was no surprise given my experience since surgery. After my 12 week restrictive period ended in mid-March 2020, I began to be more aggressive about exercising. I walked several km almost daily, used the elliptical machine at home regularly, and began playing golf as soon as the course opened in mid-May. Walking 18 holes was never a problem, and I … Read the rest
Greetings to Surface Hippies and soon to be Surface Hippies!
Today marks the 10 year anniversary of my bi-lateral hip resurfacing surgery. January 10 and 12, 2011. My resurfaced hips are doing very well and they allow me to be very active and live a healthy life. I am an avid hiker and backpacker even at 65 years old.
I am forever grateful for this amazing procedure and technology. It’s still hard to believe I have metal in my hips because I don’t feel it or have any limitations.
Dr. Gross bilateral, Uncemented Biomet Hip Resurfacing devices, January 10 & 12, 2011, Columbia S.C.… Read the rest
Blink’s Original Story Here https://surfacehippy.info/blinky-s-bilateral-hip-resurfacing-with-dr-gross/
With all the distractions this year, pandemic and elections, I almost forgot. This is my five year anniversary for getting two new hips courtesy of Dr. Gross. The short version is I feel great. The longer version is below.
I planned to run five half marathons and get back into long course triathlons this year. A year ago, I felt terrific. Swimming and running well, cycling okay, doing fitness classes with the young people. Then BAM Covid hit. I was able to run three of those halfs, then everything stopped. Our pool shut down for a few months. No gym, some online gym classes. No bike parts to be had. So…I did GVRAT (Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee) and a … Read the rest
Andy’s Original Story https://surfacehippy.info/andy-hip-resurfacing-dr-gross-2012/
Alan’s Original Story Here https://surfacehippy.info/tri-hard-alan-s-hip-resurfacing-with-mr-treacy-2015/
5 years for me today I had a right hand side BHR with Dr Ronan Treacy.
General life, I don’t even think about the hip. Haven’t for a long time. I sometimes notice the smaller Range of Movement on that side when doing things like Yoga, Pilates, Circuits etc sessions but one of the benefits of the Covid situation is my Fiancée working from home and these are her main keep fit activities so we often do them together. The increase in these activities has increased that ROM.
Running and Triathlon wise, things have also improved. Not so much in performance. But then some of that may be due to a lack of Races due to Covid and as such … Read the rest
September 21, 2019
I have been a long distance runner for almost 3 Decades. I took up the discipline seriously when I was in my early 30s. I peaked at the age of 47, PB Half Marathons in 1.15 (75 mins at the age of 47). I continued to train, race in half and full Marathons until right hip pain in 2017 restricted my performance however, I continued to train and race. I average 50 to 60 mile per week and race at least once a month. I can manage a sub 1.39 1/2 Marathon but not for much longer due to the severe arthritic right hip. I managed to, eventually, be accepted for a resurfacing (after having refused twice the offer of total hip) … Read the rest
Every year on 9/11 I get nostalgic. Not just because of the tragedy in 2001, but because I woke up that morning, at 40 years old, the day after my hip resurfacing with Dr. Gross, and watched the planes run into the towers on the news.
It’s been 19 years and I’ve had virtually no problems with my cemented Corin device or the uncemented device I got from Dr. Gross on the other hip about 10 years later. I squatted 215 pounds this morning for 8 reps.
Back then there was a SurfaceHippy group on Yahoo sharing information. Dr. Gross’s office gave me a fruit basket and tickets to the zoo when I got in town. There were still getting used to out of town … Read the rest
I’m just writing to share the great news that I’m almost 2 years post op after having my left hip resurfaced by Dr. Gross in October 2018 and I’m doing great!!I feel guilty because Surface Hippy is the most amazing site and literally enabled a life-changing event for me – my resurfacing surgery – which has truly restored me to the happy, active lifestyle I knew before my osteoarthritis set into my left hip 9 years ago. And the reason I feel guilty is that I’ve been so busy enjoying my life again that I honestly don’t think about my hip much or come to visit this site much anymore – but I really should because it’s a wonderful source of fact-based guidance and I’d … Read the rest