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WTW15

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Hip Resurfacing w Dr. Kelly
« on: December 25, 2011, 11:04:42 AM »
All the information here and eveyone's encouraging words have emboldened me to finally make the decision. 

I have chosen Dr Cynthia Kelly with Colorado Limb Consultants.  We had a great consultation with her, her confidence in the procedure, experience with the whole hip AND BHR, as well as her demeanor went a long way to solidify my decision.  And while she may not have done as many as other doctors, her attention to detail, her understanding of the placement, her knowledge of the hip anatomy and her experience with limb preservation in general has give me the confidence and courage to call her my surgeon. 

Scheduled for January 19, 2012.  It's coming up fast so I don't have a lot of time to second guess or get cold feet.  I give a pint of blood next week and am getting my short-term disability all lined up at work. 

My family is 100% behind me and are 'excited' to get me back on my dirt bike next summer!  As am I  ;D

I am thankful for this website and all the information and encouragement!! 
« Last Edit: January 27, 2012, 08:18:58 PM by Pat Walter »
Successful LBHR 1/19/12 Dr. Cynthia Kelly
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Re: Thanks Everyone - Finally committed to a Dr and a Date
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2011, 01:44:28 PM »
Congratulations! That's wonderful. The time will fly by. January 19 will be here before you know it.

Best wishes to you,
Luanna
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Re: Thanks Everyone - Finally committed to a Dr and a Date
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2011, 02:21:47 PM »
Bravo!

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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2011, 02:23:37 PM »
Jan 19 is just around the corner.  Get ready to feel good again.

That's a great present to yourself, Merry Christmas
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Re: Thanks Everyone - Finally committed to a Dr and a Date
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2011, 02:42:15 PM »
Best Christmas Gift you can give yourself.  Good Luck!!
"I was inspired by the very idea of turning the wildest figments of your imagination into something real and creating a life for yourself." - Ken Ilgunas

12/11 Failed Bilateral BHR by Dr. Schmitt  3/14 Positive Metal LTT for Nickel Allergy.   11/14 Bilat Ceramic/Titanium Revisions.

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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2011, 05:18:13 PM »
Congratulations! I also have something significant (non-hippy) on the 19th, will be keeping you in mind. Great news.
Hernan, LHR 8/24/2010, RHR 11/29/2010 - Cormet, Dr. Snyder

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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2011, 07:02:34 PM »
Congratulations!  The tough part is done.  Now do everything you can do to get ready;mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Best wishes.

Dan
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« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2011, 10:36:52 PM »
So happy for you.  I can't wAit to hear about your recovery.  I am in CO?  I used dr rector, be interested in your results with dr Kelley.  She seems very proactive for this procedure.  How many HR has she done so far?
KIT  and jan 19 will be hHere before you know it

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Re: Thanks Everyone - Finally committed to a Dr and a Date
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2011, 07:35:29 AM »
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, follow what they tell you to do to a T and you'll be in great shape.  The day of surgery is the start of something much better, just give youself time and patience to recover.

Best Regards

Dan
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16 days and counting
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2012, 02:58:30 AM »
I am so ready.  As the day gets closer, the hip hurts worse.  Trying to exercise and be in decent pre op shape.  Drove 400 miles yesterday and have 1700 to drive the rest of this week.  Life's crazy right now, but it's making the time go by fast.  My Suburban has heated seats, so that helps, but the rest of the week we are in the truck, which does not. 

Will have to quit the Lodine on Thursday, so Tylenol #3 is going to be my BFF for 2 more weeks.  Tramadol, Vicodin, etal just make me jittery and I don't like them anyway, so just have to do my best with T3.  Went from having the dull ache to some sharp pains the last 2 weeks, just solidifying my choice to get this surgery done.  Guessing it's the bone spurs doing their thing. 

Once I get back home I am going to get all those projects I need to get done before my Aunt comes to help us out, like regrouting the tub...  Haha - how come we always wait to do something like that till it's D-Day?!?  Have to concentrate on getting all the stuff I can get done at work as well.  I am the only one in my position and need to have things ship-shape for the poor gal backing me up when I'm out.  Lots to do - Lots to do.....  and trying not to freak out too much.  I've never had surgery, never spent more than 24 hrs in the hospital when I had my 2 kids.  So much to ponder.  So glad I've made the decision and don't have a lot of time to 2nd guess nor wait and wonder. 

Counting down! 
Successful LBHR 1/19/12 Dr. Cynthia Kelly
Fear causes Hesitation and Hesitation causes your worst Fears to come true

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Re: Thanks Everyone - Finally committed to a Dr and a Date
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2012, 02:06:14 PM »
Good luck to you! 
Andy
- Right Biomet uncemented HR with Dr. Gross on 1/11/2012
- Left Biomet uncemented HR with Dr. Gross on 10/28/2020

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WTW15

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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2012, 04:41:52 PM »
It's getting close!  Watching the reports from all those that have gone before me in January, I am so psyched to get this done!!!!!   Can it be Thursday yet?  I still have 3 days of work and also need to do all that last minute crap like clean the house, get all the food/supplies, etc...  At least I must keep busy.  But I keep finding myself here (well and on FB).  LOL 

Have a few meals in the freezer already, have a few friends already lined up to bring some over as well.  My Aunt is coming out to help us.  All things are coming together for a successful surgery and recovery.

Let The Games Begin! 
Successful LBHR 1/19/12 Dr. Cynthia Kelly
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Re: Thanks Everyone - Finally committed to a Dr and a Date
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2012, 04:57:17 PM »
WTW15,

Is your insurance limiting you to who you may choose as your hip resurfacing surgeon?  Do limited means prevent you choosing a surgeon a relatively short plane flight away?  If 'yes', then I implore you to heed my advice and benefit from my extensive years of experience with some of the world's leading orthopedic surgeons of various sub specialties, and use the most experienced in network resurfacing OA specialist surgeon in your area.  In more cases than you'd think, you can also get your insurance to do a review of your case, and then rule to reimburse or fully cover the surgeon of your choice who might not be on your plan.

If you answered no, and you are fortunate enough to have the means, then you owe it to yourself to use the best possible hip resurfacing specialist; that means a surgeon who has performed the most resurfacings with successful long term verifiable patient outcomes, a surgeon who has a record of low complications, a surgeon who has many referrals from their large pool of satisfied patients that you may speak with, and a surgeon who has literally years of successful experience with hip resurfacings.

I'm going to chime in with other posters here and stress how absolutely critical it is that you must have your resurfacing done by a surgeon who's ideally done over 1000 procedures, and at the bare the minimum should have performed 500 + resurfacings.  The word on the ' net is the surgeon you like, Dr. Cynthia Kelly, has not even done 200!  Personally, I wouldn't get in a plane with a new pilot that has far less flight hours than Captain Sullenberger.  This surgery is much, much more technically difficult than most all kinds of hip surgeries and requires an entire level of expertise above the average or relatively inexperienced THR surgeon.  It's like if you want your Vegas odds to beat the house odds, you must use a resurfacing specialist who's practice is almost exclusively made up of hip resurfacings vs. a knee replacement, THR, arthroscopy, "Jack or Jill" surgeon of all things orthopedic.

You can always cancel, WTW15, or at the very least increase your successful outcome by getting a 2nd opinion/appointment with experienced surgeons with tons of resurfacings under their belts:

Joshua Hickman, MD - BHR Trained Calgary Canada 2006
400 Hip Resurfacings to date***
Mountain Orthopaedics
1551 Renaissance Towne Drive
Bountiful Utah 84010
801-295-7200
clinic website: mountainortho.com

James B. Rector, MD - BHR Trained Calgary June 2006
510 Hip Resurfacings to date ***
Boulder Orthopedics
303-449-2730
933 Alpine Avenue
Boulder, CO 80304

http://www.surfacehippy.info/listofdoctors.php#Colorado - This is the page where orthopedic surgeons' latest # of Hip Resurfacings  and their training is listed.

My Very Best Wishes For Your Successful Outcome,

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« Last Edit: January 15, 2012, 05:41:09 PM by Two4One »
"I was inspired by the very idea of turning the wildest figments of your imagination into something real and creating a life for yourself." - Ken Ilgunas

12/11 Failed Bilateral BHR by Dr. Schmitt  3/14 Positive Metal LTT for Nickel Allergy.   11/14 Bilat Ceramic/Titanium Revisions.

WTW15

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Re: Thanks Everyone - Finally committed to a Dr and a Date
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2012, 11:39:00 AM »
"One" and I have had a discussion off the record and her well meaning intentions here are appreciated, but as all of you know - it's a personal decision.  I am a straightforward case and Dr Kelly has a good track record, just maybe not as many as the other drs.  Dr Kelly's attention to detail, her other surgical experiences and her explanation and understanding about cup placement gives me complete confidence in her ability to take on this sensitive surgery for me.  If I become one of those "I Told You So" stories, I will certainly come back to the forum and advise. 

For now, there are over 100 patients of hers who have had successful BRHs and that's 100% success rate in my book (of an expected 96% rate for the whole world).  There are other surgeons out there who have less than 200 or 500 HRs with good success rates as well.  I don't see much information about the other Drs in Colorado, like Dr Lammens who also has had many successful surgeries.  This forum is great, but in all fairness, it is tending to get "exclusive", which is fine - this is a very sensitive topic, but it also needs to be inclusive to support other drs who are doing HRs. 

I'm confident in my decision.  "One" meant well and I am grateful for the support here. 

Successful LBHR 1/19/12 Dr. Cynthia Kelly
Fear causes Hesitation and Hesitation causes your worst Fears to come true

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Re: Thanks Everyone - Finally committed to a Dr and a Date
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2012, 12:08:51 PM »
WTW15,

You picked your surgeon, someone with a good reputation, solid experience, and even better, someone you enjoyed meeting and feel confident in. You are good to go. No reason for second guessing. Only positive thoughts now. Take advantage of the wonderful weather we are having in Denver and get outside. Try to stay as active as you can right up until the day of surgery. Remind yourself of all the wonderful things you will be able to do after a few months of rehab. You are going to enjoy the Spring and Summer.

I am going into my seventh week of recovery. I am the turtle of recoveries. Please contact me if I can be of any assistance to you.

You are going to enjoy being on the other side. We Hippys are having a good time!

Boomer
RBHR with Dr. Rector on 11/30/2011
LBHR with Dr. Rector on 6/11/2012

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Re: Thanks Everyone - Finally committed to a Dr and a Date
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2012, 12:44:26 PM »
I was out of line to second guess you, and you've been real gracious about it.

I'm very excited for you, WTW, and you are NOT going to be one of the I told you so stories.  In fact one of my hipster friends on the coast and I have had long talks about how we wished we'd listened to our guts when we had top arthroscopy guys we didn't like on site do our scopes that didn't really take. 

It's gonna be so great being able to work and play with less and less pain everyday, until one day you wake up ready to take on the world!

Have a Great Day!
'One
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12/11 Failed Bilateral BHR by Dr. Schmitt  3/14 Positive Metal LTT for Nickel Allergy.   11/14 Bilat Ceramic/Titanium Revisions.

 

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