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Waiting for pain free
« on: June 13, 2017, 10:31:53 PM »
I want thank Pat and the many contributors for the in depth information concerning hip resurfacing. The information provided gave me a complete confidence in having my left hip resurfaced by Dr. Gross.

How I got here is the interesting item. I had pain in my left buttocks about 5 years ago. My local Orthopod  ordered a MRI on my left hip and the result was a torn labrum. When I went to see him he said you have a torn labrum and pretty much live with it.

I researched torn labrums  and found a Orthopod who specialized in torn labrums. His examination was not conclusive that I had a torn labrum but was not confident my pain was coming from my hip. He gave me the option for hip resurfacing and also referred me to Dr. Gross.

Dr. Gross's exam and images did not find any indication for surgery. I appreciated both of their opinions by not trying to solve a problem they did not think they could fix.

I toiled with cortisone injections in lower back and SI joint in order to figure out what the source of the pain was. The injections helped but had no staying power. I finally convinced the pain management doc to try a cortisone injection in my hip since the injections were not helping in my lower back

Well viola, the cortisone actually made my hip worse but the numbing agent took the pain in my hip completely away.  I actually went to see Dr. Gross first due to the huge difference in recoveries between hip resurfacing and labrum surgery. Dr. Gross did not see enough deterioration to warrant a surgery.

I followed up by seeing the labrum specialist. The labrum specialist ordered a MRI and showed a lot of damage. I had the surgery to repair the labrum, fix FAI impingement cam and pincer, and repair a partially torn ligament. The recovery was arduous but not painful and I was progressing nicely for about 14 months.

One night after I was running around on the beach with my dogs, My hip would catch and feel like it was giving out. After having a couple more episodes I went to see Dr. Gross. He found that my pain was coming from my hip and that hip resurfacing was the next logical step but was cautionary since I had decent joint space in my left hip.

I want to say the labrum doc was great and I was happy to have pain free period I did have. I think there was just too much damage to overcome. I also went to the labrum specialist and Dr. Gross because of their large amount of experience.

I saw Lee this afternoon and it looks like I am booked on the slow train of recovery. Yes, my bone density was not acceptable. Now I get to enjoy the scenery.
Looking forward to surgery.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2017, 08:45:07 AM by Pat Walter »


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Re: Waiting for pain free
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 12:19:07 PM »
Best of luck. I am sorry it took so long to get to a solution, that you were hurting, but not bad enough, for so long.


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Re: Waiting for pain free
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 01:22:45 PM »

  You’re in good hands with Dr.Gross. There are a few of us on this board with failed scopes(me being one of them).

My FAI repair lasted only two years before it went downhill fast. I also had a lot of joint space on the x-ray but once inside Dr.Gross found a substantial amount of grade 4 arthritis.

Good luck,

« Last Edit: June 19, 2017, 11:30:24 AM by Ljpviper »


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Re: Waiting for pain free
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2017, 09:37:03 PM »
Surgery went great. Met with Dr. Gross next day and he said I was bone on bone at the top femoral head.

Traveled 4 hours home the next day and it really took a toll on me. I do not know how some of youdid14 hour drives. Until today, I have been sleeping all the time since my surgery. Today was the first day I could stay awake for more than two hours.

Dr. Gross and staff are great.Along with this site I had great feeling of confidence.



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