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John C

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3 year anniversary report
« on: June 02, 2011, 12:30:29 AM »
I am coming up on my three year anniversary, and thought that I would post a somewhat detailed update. For the old timers on this site, you can fast forward through this since it is all old news, but for the new people who are interested in how a new hip holds up in an old (60) active body, read on.
Backgound:
I have spent my winters skiing since I was very young. Grew up ski racing, went on to compete in freestyle moguls and aerials, appeared in some films jumping cliffs etc, and have been teaching high level skiing full time (8 hours a day, seven days a week) up to the present.
I have been teaching high wind windsurfing in Hawaii for the past 28 summers. Summer mornings are spent surfing on a waveski, or playing tennis.
Back in my twenties and thirties, I earned my black belt in three similar styles of Karate. Dr. Gross thinks that the extreme stretching that I did back then may have been a leading contributor to my hip issues. (Of course a few motorcycle crashes and innumerable high speed ski crashes may have had something to do with it as well :o)
Hip History:
By my mid thirties, I had to give up Karate. :(  By forty, I had to give up tennis. :( By 45 I had to give up surfing >:(, and walked with a very painful and noticeable limp. I could not come close to straightening my hip out, and had pain 24/7 :'(. Still teaching skiing and windsurfing full time.
When I was about 50, I had arthroscopy on my hip to clean up a torn labrum and some crushed cartilage. This yielded about a 20% improvement for a few years.
Three years ago, just before I turned 57, I tried a stem cell injection treatment that was a disaster. Afterwards, I could not get around without crutches or a cane, and could not even swim in a pool.
A few months later, I had my left hip resurfaced by Dr. Gross who I think is fantastic; cementless with a 39% cup angle. At the time he said that the X-rays of the right one did not look so good either, but I had never had any problems with it, so we left it alone.
Today:
My right hip has started to go bad over the past year, so I think that another resurfacing in coming up in the next year or so.
Current state of my resurfaced hip:
I continue to think of my resurfaced hip as being a big success. I am not one of those people who says that they never feel it, but it does allow me to do a lot of things that I could not do before, and the serious pain is gone.
I walk pain and limp free, except after unusually intense athletics. At these times, the soft tissue reminds me that it has been through some serious trauma, and gets kind of achy, but no sharp pains. Going for a 30 minute walk afterwards often makes things feel better.
Hiking and light jogging on mountain trails is great.
I do a lot of stairs; both for conditioning, and because we live up six flights during the summer. I can still sometimes feel the surgery site when walking up stairs. When I do running laps up and down the six flights for conditioning, I do not notice it as much.
Skiing continues to improve each year after the surgery, with no problems with the new hip. Heli-skiing every year, but I do avoid icy bumps now due to all of my joints.
Windsurfing gets better each year also, with the only issue being the pounding the joints take when flying across choppy water at 30mph+. Sometimes both hips are a little stiff and sore afterwards.
I got back into tennis last year, after a twenty year layoff. It feels good, but both hips get sore after about 2 hours.
Bike riding is not a problem, though I still feel the surgery site sometimes on steep uphill climbs.
Motorcycle riding is not a problem, though my other hip gets very sore and achy after awhile.
I had a lot of "clunking" in the first few weeks and months after surgery. It progressively went away over the first year or so, and is now gone.
I had a few bouts of trochanteric bursitis during the first year or two, but that also seems to be pretty much gone now.
Long car rides were still not that fun at one or two years, but was not a problem this year.
One thing that has not changed since surgery, is that my hip is my alarm clock. It still wakes me up a few times in the early morning hours, and gets sore enough every morning to motivate me to get up and moving, which always makes it feel better.
Overall, I would say that this year compared to last year, both of my hips get a little more sore and achy after intense sports. However, this is also true of every other part of my body :P, so it is hard to fault the resurfacing.
I had my serum Chromium levels checked last year, and it came out at 1.3 which I am very happy with.
So after three years, would I recommend a resurfacing to someone who needs it; absolutely, I recommend it all the time.
Am I in a hurry to get my other one done. Not really, because at least for me, my experience tells me that after the surgery, the joint is not quite as good as new, and there may be minor issues to deal with fairly permanently, especially if you really push it. Dr Gross said that though it is bone on bone, I can wait another year or so, and still be a good candidate. Therefore, I am waiting until my right hip gets noticeably worse on average than my resurfaced hip, before I have it done.
So there you have it; a hopefully balanced three year report from another happy hippy.


John/ Left uncemented Biomet/ Dr Gross/ 6-16-08
Right uncemented Biomet/Dr Gross/ 4/25/18

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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011, 02:03:56 AM »
John,
Thanks so much for the detailed progress report. Everything you said is pretty much what I expect in the coming years. I too practiced Karate for 16 years (3rd degree Black Belt) up until about 2002. Although the reason I stopped was not because of my hips, I was having ROM issues the last few years I was active in it. I didn't know what was going on then, just thought it was my age creeping up on me. I suppose the kicking and extreme pounding on my hip joints may have accelerated the wear and tear, who knows?

It's awesome that you are taking up activities that you haven't done in years. I hope to do the same. In about 6 weeks I'm going for my first mountain bike ride in 3 years. I just got it out tonight to get it ready. The wait is killing me but no way am I going to cheat the 6 month rule. Tuesday July 12 I'm taking a vacation day off work and I'm going! Nothing crazy just an easy ride.

Dr. Gross did both of mine in the same week this past January. He suggested both because they were so bad. I really like him, Lee and Nancy and think of them a lot.

I too get the weird "clunking" at times. I'm not concerned but it does get annoying. But then I'm only less than 5 months out.

Enough about me, sounds like your hip is really solid. Too bad about the other one but at least you know what to expect this time.

Were you one of Dr. Gross' first uncemented Biomets? That's about the time he started going that direction.

Steve
« Last Edit: June 02, 2011, 02:10:43 AM by newdog »
Steve, Dr. Gross bilateral, uncemented Biomet, January 10 & 12, 2011, Columbia S.C.

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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 02:13:21 AM »
John

Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary.  Glad everything is going well for you. Thank You for sharing your story so others can learn.

Good Luck and I wish you another great 3 years or even 30 years!

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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2011, 05:51:07 AM »
Hi John,
Congrats on getting your active life back. I've been meaning to write a 3 yr piece myself, but now I'm at 3 1/2. My sports are hockey (goalie) and road cycling, and I can corroborate much of what you say. It's not the same as your god-given hips when you were in your 20s, but it so much better than your arthritic hips in your 40s (for me or 50s for you) when you would limp and be in pain after any bout of activity. And when you were shedding pieces of your active lifestyle.

Thanks for the write-up and may your hips be the least of your concerns going forward.
Keep lookin' up,
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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2011, 06:09:26 AM »
Congratulations John 8) (I'm about 4 months behind you.  ;D

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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2011, 06:50:48 AM »
Happy 3-year birthday for your uncemented Biomet, John. I am today at my 3 weeks  birthday with a cemented conserve+  ;)
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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2011, 01:10:58 PM »
"It's not the same as your god-given hips"

How many of you are aware that your new hip is in you after surgery?
Is it that it doesnt feel natural or does it feel weeker than a natural hip?

Obviously ive not been put right yet but id like to think once i have the op and ive recovered that ill not notice anything about having a prostetic in me.
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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2011, 02:22:51 PM »
"It's not the same as your god-given hips"
How many of you are aware that your new hip is in you after surgery?


I am aware of my operated hip every day, partly because I do PT exercises every morning, and probably will for life. My operated hip does not feel the same as the other side, it feels significantly better. In fact, it is the smoothest movement of any joint in my body. So I can't forget it, it is quite obvious.

My tendons are still short and stiff from years of years of under use, so I cannot do the splits (never have), but the movement of the joint underneath is at least as good as my 'god given' hip ever was.

Danny way of life, get your life back, have the operation.




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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2011, 03:44:48 PM »
Thanks for the the reply lop.

"Danny way of life, get your life back, have the operation"

If only it were that simple mate i am trying to get to see a specialist at the moment but trying to do so on our stupid NHS with my usless arrogant GP is proving very difficult at present. I dont even know if my hip will be deemed bad enough by a RS specialist yet as i havnt seen one so ill have to wait out on everything till i get an oppinion that i decide is right for me.
My GP has seen it fit to reffer me to a ortho who specialises in snipe surgery even after the hip specialist who did my arthroscopy wrote to him recomending that i see a specialist RS Doc! He also hates people going private and since i even have to go through him to get reffered privately it is all quite difficult at the min.
I am going to wait the 3 weeks to go and see this "spine" surgeon than hopefully i will be able to pursuade him to convince my GP to send me to a decent RS surgeon for a proper opinoin on where to go from there!
If all else fails and im still not getting anywhere i will have to take out a loan and go to DR Bose!
ATB Danny
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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2011, 04:59:39 PM »
Dannywayoflife:

My new hip feels completely natural...I feel better than I have in years. I am at 6 1/2 months post-op. I am a triathlete and a bike crash caused the start of all of my problems back in 2007. It led to AVN, which led to bone on bone arthritis. Before surgery, I never imagined that I would feel good again and be pain-free. I am just amazed and very thankful every day and feel like I was given my life back. I sure hope you are able to get approval for surgery and get some relief soon!!!

June

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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2011, 07:12:32 PM »
Congrats John.  I am about 2 months behind you and also doing well.  At 47 I am a little younger but we have shared similar sport interest although not quite as serious as you.  I also have notice my non-op hip starting to show signs of problems down the road.  I am hoping for 4 to 5 more years before i need a new hip.  I will wait for 2 months before I give my 3-year update.

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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2011, 08:20:16 PM »
John thanks for sharing your progress.  I am approaching three months and look forward to the future. I will need to get my left hip done soon. It is really slowing my progress and level of athletic activity.  I am not ready to go through this again. You story, and those like it, send a lot of hope and inspiration.
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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2011, 09:06:25 PM »

How many of you are aware that your new hip is in you after surgery?
Is it that it doesnt feel natural or does it feel weeker than a natural hip?

Danny, the only way I know that the new hip is in me is that the pain from the OA is completely gone.  Also, my ROM is already better than my other hip, which I have not yet had fixed.  I still have some soreness in the operated hip area due to the muscles that were moved around and/or cut during the surgery, but I am totally confident that when that is all healed, it will feel completely natural and better than before the surgery.  It's been a very long time since I was in my twenties, so I cannot compare the new hip with my natural hip at that age, but then nobody can go back in time, so I think we have to measure improvements from where we are now.

I'm sorry you're having to do battle with the NHS - I grew up in Sweden (socialized medicine), and lived in the UK for 7 years in my younger days, so I know how frustrating things can be, especially if your GP happens to be a jerk.  Keep fighting for what you need!
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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2011, 09:59:54 PM »
John, thanks for the update. It is great to hear from people who are down the line from me and doing well. Like you, there are all sort of reasons why it could have happened to me, just glad that there's a good solution and that it's holding up well for you.
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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2011, 03:05:36 AM »
In the name of balanced reporting, I thought that I should update my three year report. One of the things that I mentioned in it was that I thought I was finally through with the occasional bouts of bursitis that I have had since the day of surgery. It seems that making that statement instigated an almost instant curse the very next week that brought on the worst case of bursitis yet. It seems to be triggered most by the return to tennis each summer. This time it was clearly tied to the IT band which was red hot all the way down to my knee. The bursitis got so bad that I was limping most of the time, and actually resorted one time to taking the elevator up the five flights of stairs to our condo for the first time since getting off crutches three years ago.
The best solution seemed to be a lot of roller work on the IT band, and my wonderful wife doing massage on it. In just three days this combination dropped the walking pain down from a 6 to a 3. Now, a couple of weeks later, it is doing really well with minor to no pain once again.
I guess the bottom line is that if I want to push my hip really hard, I can expect the roller coaster ride of recovery to go on for a while yet. Dr. Gross did comment once that I would need to make a lifetime habit of returning gradually to any sport that I had not done for even a few months. It looks like once again he has given good advice.
John/ Left uncemented Biomet/ Dr Gross/ 6-16-08
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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2011, 11:31:17 AM »
John,

Thanks for the honest report.  I'm 3 months post op and can't wait to get back into running and tennis.  There are times when I find myself starting to run when I start to cross a street or walk around a track.  I'm looking forward to the 6 month mark when I can get back into sports.  Having said that, your posts are a good reminder to take it easy and very, very slow.  Not to mention, keep doing the stretching.  I'm looking forward to more reports from you.

Mac
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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2011, 03:19:37 PM »
I would not worry if you find your self running across the road at three months Mac. Soon you will find yourself doing things like climbing over fences and running up stairs, and then realising afterwards that you did not know you could.

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Re: 3 year anniversary report
« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2011, 03:33:43 PM »
Thanks to all for these great updates.  My surgery is this Saturday and I'm ready for it.....thanks to all of you. 
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« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2011, 09:05:06 PM »
My thinking Dan is that I am not taking any (or not many) chances here.  Six months is not that long a period of time in what, I hope, will be the life of a long and healthy hip.  The one challenge I have had, is trying to not put on any more weight.

Mac
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