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Tim Bratten

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An interesting comment from Dr. De Smet
« on: March 04, 2012, 02:23:07 PM »
In light of all the negative press about MOM hip implants and HR (e.g. a slew of front page article in the New York Times) I found a recent comment by Dr. De Smet about the potential applicability of HR most interesting.

A little background: there is a You Tube interview from late 2007-early 2008 where De Smet talks about his experience with hip resurfacing. He says he began HR in the late 90s and was truly surprised about how successful the procedure had turned out to be (he was talking in particular about his own success with thousands of patients, I think). In the video he says that about 12% of surgeries are HR and he felt as many 20% of the patients could benefit from this procedure. It's interesting to note that he also predicts that when HR arrives in full force to the US and many inexperienced surgeons who are not specialists begin performing the surgery that this will result in a catastrophe of failures

At any rate, when I was in Belgium (February, 2012) for surgery, I asked Dr. De Smet about these figures. He looked at me and said that he is now so impressed with the results he has had, that he believes 50% of hip patients can benefit from HR. Of course he is talking about doing the procedure with a surgeon who has a proficiency like his own, but I was still truly amazed by this figure. According to De Smet's opinion if hip replacement was truly state of the art, half of all surgeries would be HR. Remarkable, no?. 
« Last Edit: March 04, 2012, 02:44:24 PM by Tim Bratten »
Botched LHR by Dr. Vilicich 06-17-2010 revised by Koen De Smet 02-14-2012
RHR Koen De Smet 02-05-2014

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Re: An interesting comment from Dr. De Smet
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 03:02:22 PM »
Yes, interesting indeed Tim.   My personal opinion is that we all possess biases in every aspect of our life.  Hip patients have a bias toward the procedure they had done to them.  We all defend our assertion that what we had done to our bodies is "the right solution" and that we "highly recommend it for others with the same problems" and such.  Surgeons have a bias towards the procedures they do regularly or are most recently "pushing".  I am biased towards BHR because I thoroughly researched it and was influenced by all the glowing reviews I read on this site, and I'm now quite biased that I did the right thing LOL!   I seem to recall a principle from my murky high school or college days when I was taking some sociology requirement tripe.  It had to do with human motivation.  That principle, in a nutshell, states that we all tend to give positive feedback and/or defend the decisions and choices we make to minimize the "cognitive dissonance" that we experience about our decisions.  Bottom line is that we all have to arm ourselves with as much info as possible, and make the most informed choices we can, about anything really, but especially when it involves our health or the health of a loved one.  I guess we will see when greater populations of 20 year BHR data starts coming in the next few years and reinforces the rosy picture that we all tend to paint LOL!

Jake in MN
RBHR - Feb. 2012 - Dr. Rogerson - Madison, WI

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Re: An interesting comment from Dr. De Smet
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 03:23:36 PM »
Hi Tim

Thanks for your update from Dr. De Smet. I hope your recovery is going well.

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Re: An interesting comment from Dr. De Smet
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 04:22:07 PM »
Hello Tim!

Ditto on the well wishes.  What ended up happening with your redo?

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Re: An interesting comment from Dr. De Smet
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2012, 05:18:46 PM »
Hi guys!

The redo is done. I put the story in the other thread. Thanks for all the moral support!

Tim Bratten
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Re: An interesting comment from Dr. De Smet
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2012, 05:23:49 PM »
Hi tim. Hope your op went well where did you post your recovery thread I'd love to catch up on your story.
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Re: An interesting comment from Dr. De Smet
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2012, 05:56:30 PM »
Hi tim. Hope your op went well where did you post your recovery thread I'd love to catch up on your story.

Hi Dannywayoflife, the story's right here:
http://surfacehippy.info/hiptalk/index.php?topic=3171.msg32001#new
« Last Edit: March 04, 2012, 06:02:43 PM by Tim Bratten »
Botched LHR by Dr. Vilicich 06-17-2010 revised by Koen De Smet 02-14-2012
RHR Koen De Smet 02-05-2014

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Re: An interesting comment from Dr. De Smet
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2012, 08:27:13 PM »

Well said, Jake.

-Jeremy

 

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