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Hey Everyone.  I am here in South Carolina with Dr. Gross at the hospital. It is tuesday today.  I had the right hip resurfaced at 9am yesterday.  Tomorrow, I will have the left leg resurfaced at 3pm.  Thanks to all the folks who have published comments and given feedback on this site. It is incredibly useful for setting expectations and getting a feel for what is going to happen next.  My thanks to all you great posters!  

I am 44 years old, and am in good to great physical shape (except for the hip area!).  I learned about Hip Resurfacing and Dr. Gross by doing a google search when I was frustrasted about “hip replacement and snowmobiling”.  Somehow I came across an individual who was a year out and bragging about being able to snowmobile again with no pain.  What a funny way to hook into this site!

I learned about Dr. Gross from this site as well a ton of independent research.  I called and talked to their staff and was impressed with how caring they seemed.  In reading the blogs, I felt that Dr. Gross and his staff went the extra mile to make their patients recover well.

So I decided to sign up and go through the process.  For me, my life felt like I hit a brick wall sometime back in October.  I was limping for the past 8 years or so, but there was no affect on my sports, ROM, or anything else.  I had pain, but medicine seemed to be the way to treat it.  What was interesting to me

What was interesting to me was how the pain medicine doses became part of my life.  Two alleves in the morning to get me started, maybe one before playing hockey, or maybe throw down a couple of Advils.  I was popping these pain killers every day.  I do not think that was so good!  

Then, in October, for the first time in my life, I felt that my ROM and strength in my legs was to push off, or stand up from the back of the skies, or do something I always had been able to do, was GONE!  I finally decided to do something about it.

I met Dr. Gross and his staff in their office on Friday.  I was impressed with how friendly, nice and caring his staff was.  It might be something to do with the South as well… you all are a caring and wonderful group!  I hail from Northern Michigan, and live now over in Northern Sweden!

Dr. Gross and I discussed in detail the results of my DEXA scan, which is a bone density scan.  Because of my arthritis, I was a little low.  If not for my physique, desire to do both, and commitment to take it easy, I think Dr. Gross would not have gone forward.  Being a male 44 years old helped as well, but the bone density was a big deal. I was a -2.1 on the left and -2.3 on the right.  Osteo something arthritis is -2.5.  So I am not so good!  But I am on a course to strengthen my bones (good tip for people to look at prior to surgery, have the DEXA done early).  I take calcium and vit D daily as well as a bone strengthening prescription (forgot the name) once a week.  So we decided to move forward!

My right side feels pretty good.  I have been up and down the hall 3 times practicing a gated walk with the crutches.  It is definitely stiff@!  And it is definitely hard to maneuver out of bed turning the right leg to get into a standing position.  Because of my Dexa, Dr. Gross has me on the slow progression PT.  I am not to weight bear much (and little as I can) for 6 weeks.  But… I willing to do that because I really want to get my life back and both sides were killing me pre Bilateral!

So…things are going well.  The staff here is excellent at the hospital.  I have felt very welcome and very cared for.  Everyone has been great.  This is truly a first class place.  Tomorrow, I have to stop eating and drinking tonight at midnight, I will get stage 2 – the left side done!  I will keep everyone posted.  I am excited and nervous.  After reading all the posts, I know the first 10 days are going to be tough!  But I am ready, here, and willing to endure!  We fly back up north on Saturday.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2009, 01:02:29 AM by SmileyRob »
Rob Baum
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Re: Bilateral With Dr. Gross - 1 down, 1 to go tomorrow!!! 6/29 and 7/1
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2009, 01:06:38 AM »
Hi Rob

Thanks for the update.  Congratulations on the new hip.  I hope the next one goes just as well.  You will be walking and enjoying both pretty soon.

Good Luck tomorrow. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Dr. Gross, Lee Webb and staff are great.

Thanks for sharing your story.

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Re: Bilateral With Dr. Gross - 1 down, 1 to go tomorrow!!! 6/29 and 7/1
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009, 02:08:04 AM »
Rob,

I am glad another Dr. Gross hippie was able to share another great Dr. Gross encounter..... Dr. G and his staff are awesome people, the hospital was great to deal with too.

My family enjoyed my surgery so much they want me to get my left side done at some point.    ;)    I had mine done in August last year and it was 90+ degrees everyday, the pool where we stayed was 86 degrees like a bathtub the night before surgery.

In a short while I'm going back to Columbia for my 1 year checkup then off to Myrtle Beach for a week of fun on the beach.  Last Saturday I went with my daughter's venture scouting crew for a Whitewater Rafting Adventure, it was great to be able to do that, last year I could have only dreamed of doing something so adventurous.

That's me in the port side in the stern of the raft.


« Last Edit: July 01, 2009, 02:09:09 AM by obxpelican »
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Re: Bilateral With Dr. Gross - 1 down, 1 to go tomorrow!!! 6/29 and 7/1
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2009, 01:49:09 AM »
Wow! It will be nice to get to that stage! Just got out of surgery.  Everything went smooth.  I was last of the day.  The epidural makes it so I feel nothing right now, but i know tomorrow will be a little different.  I am a little concerned about walking with the two hips.  I am supposed to do the 4 point gate.  It is amazing when you look at the xray and see these new parts. I have a long road ahead, but I am on the path towards recovery and done with the pain of bone on bone!  I will update again tomorrow after my interesting PT sessions with Joe!  Before surgery, I got to take a shower today.. ooo that was nice!  All is well.  I feel good, but I have not ventured around yet!  Rob
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Re: Bilateral With Dr. Gross - 1 down, 1 to go tomorrow!!! 6/29 and 7/1
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2009, 03:41:43 AM »
SmileyBob, so cool that you are posting right after surgery!  I like the image, smiley Bob :)   You are 2 weeks ahead of me, and you are helping me visualize getting "to the other side" with Dr. Gross and staff in SC.  The main thing is that I am totally impressed that you feel like posting and are together enough to do so.  Good luck on your first walk "bilaterally" bionic.  Are you flying all the way back to Sweden on Saturday? 

I like the image of thinking I'll be SmileyMarilyn too.  Thanks, Marilyn
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2009, 03:43:23 AM »
sorry Rob, I just realized after I posted that you are a "Rob" and not a "Bob."  I went too fast to the reply button without looking closely.  marilyn
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Re: Bilateral With Dr. Gross - 1 down, 1 to go tomorrow!!! 6/29 and 7/1
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2009, 02:18:42 PM »
Rob,
I am 3 months post Op for bilateral with Dr Gross.
It will be a little rough getting around the firat week or so, but by 2 weeks post op you will be moving around OK. Use the ice machines, they help alot. the bigest problem for me was swelling not pain.

Good luck!

Max

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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2009, 08:13:25 PM »
Well... I am now post op 2 weeks.  I agree with previous post that the first week is tough.  I would refer to it as more than tough.  Atleast it was for me... wow!  I will do a little memory recital here and get caught up to where we are today.

I had the second hip done on Wed late - I was the last surgery of the day.  I had the good fortune to be very easy.  The surgery according to Dr. Gross was straight forward and easy.  As you may recall, I was a little low on my bone density - a negative 2.1 on the right and a negative 2.3 on the left.  Dr. Gross had originally suggested I not do a bilateral.  Upon our meeting, and discussion, we decided together to proceed with the bilateral surgery knowing my recovery would be under his slow program.  More on this later!

On Friday, we were discharged from the hospital.  The pain meds, coupled with what I assume was some device to dislocate my leg from the socket prior to surgery, made the bathroom a big nightmare.  We stayed at the Courtyard on Friday night.  My butt was so uncomfortable.  Trying to go the bathroom was terrible.  It does get better, but that first ten days are tough for men.  Of course, I am a big baby, but that was no fun!

Courtyard was great.  We had the handicap double room.  My father had been with me all week.  Having him to help was indispenseable.  You need someone to help you out for a couple of weeks. 

On Satuday, we packed up and headed to go out of town from Columbia airport.  I had to take two small flights to get home.  One jump from Columbia to Detroit, and then from Detroit to Traverse City, Michigan.  Having read the forums, I knew to take my medicines – the pain meds.  In addition to Vicodin, I had something Dr. Gross gave me that was a 12 hour.  I took that as well as brought the vicodins with me to use ,as well as the next 12 hour pill for when we were in Detroit.   I also packed empty head ice packs.  Those ice packs you can buy at the store that have a big screw off top, are meant for your head, and you can put ice in them with water.  We carried these empty through security and had a vendor fill them with ice in Columbia.  They were a HOT TICKET!  And very recommended.  Having one for each side during the flight, really helped me a lot.  We refilled with ice in Detroit for the next segment.  They were perfect because you can take empty through security.

Upon arrival home, I was a little swelled and took it easy.  The hardest part was the bathroom.  The pain killers act like a plug, and your butt feels like (and is) very bruised.  Sitting on the toilet seat for 5-7 days was not pleasant.  Cover your one eyed snake with a towel, and grip those side bars on one of those raised toilet seats your grandpa would use.  You need both hands to hold your butt off the seat, since it hurts, which is why your one-eyed snake needs a blanket!  Nuff said… And...Get ready to pass the football....

Once home, my father was diligent about filling the polar ice machines and wrapping my hips with those cool packs.  They really helped with bruising and the swelling.  They are like having a loud fish tank (as a bilateral you get TWO!) in your room, but they are worth it.  By day 5 or 6 post op, after sleeping with ear plugs (trying anyway!) I pulled the plug on those babies and put them away!  I needed some sleep. 

Sleep has been tough.  I am a roller.  You cannot roll with a baseball in each hip!  It is difficult, and just now possible, to sleep on the stomach.  But still… it does not work like it should!  Just takes time!

I have been really good about taking long walks.  I am now post op almost 2 weeks, and enjoy going around the block on my crutches for a good 40-50 minutes.  I also walk on my crutches everywhere when we go shopping and stuff.  Because of my bad bone density, I am forced to keep the crutches for 6 weeks (doctor’s orders).  That will be the toughest thing for me moving forward, as I am already able to walk around without them.  Only good part is that you get lots of sympathy from people – everyone has been so nice and helpful.  Bad part… for a guy that is single… not like having a cute puppy…! 

My spirits are high.  I feel good and the bones are getting stronger.  I did push one day and took some family (day 12 post op) out on my boat.  It is a big boat, so the wave impact was minimal, but still, because I was doing the driving, and standing a bit of time, my legs told me the next day I over did it!  It completely wiped me out.  I passed out and slept a day away the next day.  Moral of the story… you just had major surgery dummy… take it easy!!!

Today, I feel great again.  I am going to go out now and go for a long walk.  I really like having done this in the summer.  I don’t put on anything but shorts and I never have to worry about ice.  I can walk every day and I am never too hot (that might be a living in northern Michigan summer thing!). 

If I can help anyone else, please hit me with questions.  This has been a wonderful process for me.  I have NO arthritis pain.  My wounds on my leg where the incision was made are healing great. I feel them but the feeling is like a cut healing on your leg, not arthritis deep pain.  I don’t feel the new resurfaced components like I thought I would at all.

Looking back, and concluding this long rant(!), that first week is tough TOUGH TOUGH!  It just gets stronger, easier, and better.  I am so GLAD and so HAPPY I went and saw Dr. Gross.  I owe it all to this website and the people who have contributed before me.  I am really excited to keep improving, and in 6 months, be back to normal!
















Rob Baum
Sched Bilateral 6-29-09 with Dr. Gross
Arjeplog, Sweden

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Re: Bilateral With Dr. Gross - 1 down, 1 to go tomorrow!!! 6/29 and 7/1
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2009, 11:00:07 PM »
Hi Rob, Congratulations on your new hips and new arthritis-pain-free life.
Sounds like we have a lot in common: bilateral, northern Michigan, hockey.
I'm approx 1 yr, 3 mo post-op, and the only thing that keeps me from being ecstatic about the surgery is the fact that the hips feel normal, and now I go about an active lifestyle without thinking much about it -- have to take the time to consider blessings and miracles of this surgery.
My parents used to live in East Jordan, and I've docked at Traverse City many times. They've moved, but last summer we had a reunion of sorts on Beaver Island. We rented a cabin a little over a mile from St. James. At 3 mo post-op, I was able to ride bike around the island, walk to town and back nearly every day. One day, I rode, walked, and canoed to town - all pain free.
Do you plan to return to hockey? I was very active in mens leagues as goalie until, like you, at some point the arthritis passed a threshold from painful to painful and detrimental to performance. I've played forward a few times on my new steel hips, and don't have any concern about that. I'm still a bit reluctant about returning to the crease - not to mention I donated my goalie gear to the rink 3 or 4 yrs ago when the limitations really hit, and I've acquired other recreational interests. There are plenty of hippies who have returned to hockey, so you certainly have that to look forward to.
Good luck with the patience part of recovery. Take encouragement in the progress you make. Crutches suck, but a year from now, the next few weeks on crutches, that seem so long to you now, will be a blip on the overall path of recovery.
Keep lookin' up,
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2009, 02:31:41 AM »
Hi Rob

Sorry to hear you had so much pain after your surgeries.  I am glad you are now on the road to recovery.  I hope things continue to improve more quickly now.

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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2009, 02:55:10 PM »
Hey Dirk, Thanks for the update and insight.  I hunt on Beaver Island every year, so I know the area well and enjoy it. Very encouraging on your story and success 3 mos post op.  I will probably sign up for a casual recreational hockey league next year. I am going to be a little cautious, but am encouraged by how I feel.  As I told my dad last night, when discussing downhill skiing, I promised I wouldn't follow the guy over the cliff, but would ski around!  I think you have to respect what you have been through and not push it too far. I am confident none of us wants to go back to square one after surgery! I look forward to the freedom of walking like you describe. 6 weeks on crutches is doable.  I get lots of help and sympathy! You might be smart to stay on the forward side of hockey, instead of trying goalie, but who knows.  I played goalie once when we had a no show.  I sucked!  It was so hard!  I couldn't do those crazy splits and leg kicks you need to be able to do!  But it was pretty fun! I am feeling good today. Took a boat ride 3 days ago where I drove and took a little shock in my legs while driving that put me down for a few days.  Today, I feel stronger which is nice. Thanks again all for the support and comments. It is so nice to have this as a medium!
Rob Baum
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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2009, 08:37:20 PM »
Wow... it has been almost 3 months now. I was trying to be good about posting my progress, but I guess I got real, real busy! I got a divorce (bummer, but it is what it is), moved to a new house in Northern Sweden, and was busy getting the kids ready for school and setting the house up so we could live in it! I needed everything, which was tough! But... I am over the hump, and I can honestly say I am happy. Life was a bit hectic and busy, but is calming back down. Hips are doing awesome. I cannot tell you how great it is to be able to walk like a normal person without a limp. So, if you have ever felt like a cripple when you walk, and then you don´t have to feel that, it is amazing. Further, I have little to no pain.  I say little, because when I push, I feel it. I think you have to learn to listen to your body. I have not been a couch potatoe, quite the opposite. But I am careful with what I do, and I monitor how my hips feel if I do anything that puts pressure on them.  While I have been really good about strengthening my core, building my upper body, and losing weight, I admit I suck (maybe SUCK in capitals) at doing the exercises presribed!  I walk a lot, but have not been so good about the exercises.  I guess I will take that away from this self confession, and work on it. But I feel great, am strong, and walk with no pain.  I plan to ski in January (after 6 months) with permission from Dr. Gross.  So... all is well.  Just touching base and giving a quick update.  Hope all are well!  And thanks to you all for this wonderful feeling!
Rob Baum
Sched Bilateral 6-29-09 with Dr. Gross
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