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11 WEEKS AND FINALLY STOKED! LBHR BY DR. JOSHUA HICKMAN - UTAH
« on: December 23, 2008, 08:34:50 PM »

On October 7, 2008 I had a LBHR by Dr. Joshua Hickman at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I researched doctors in my area and visited a few before choosing Dr. Hickman.  Not only had he had performed the most hip resurfacings in my region, but when I met with him, I knew he was the right doctor.  He is a doctor that takes time to discuss concerns, truly cares and is an athlete (so I knew he would understand my concern about returning to mountain sports not just getting thru life without pain and a limp).

I was very active until the day before my surgery (rock climbed, hiked and cycled) and although I had experienced other health problems (irregular heartbeat, smashed my hand, foot fracture, kidney malfunction), I was totally unprepared for the extent of the pain and disability when the spinal block wore off!  I was crushed because I realized I wouldnt be returning to my very active life any time soon!  Poor Dr. Hickman, my surgery actually went extremely well but I lacked the enthusiasm he felt.  I had a low BMI so my incision was only 6, I had very little bleeding, there was no fracturing when they dislocated my hip, etc.  I had worn into my pelvis so he had to do a bone graft before placing the implant in my pelvis.  The xrays showed the placement in my femoral head was perfect.  So why was I devastated?

I had the surgery on Tuesday and left the hospital on Friday.  I walked as much as possible in the hospital and around my home for the first week.  On day 8 I started an outside walking program (20 minutes and three flights of stairs).  By the third week I was walking one hour and doing stairs several times a day.  I started on the elliptical after three weeks and loved physical therapy.  The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital has excellent therapists.  They mostly focused on core strength.

I was amazed at the amount of weight I lost (mostly muscle  >:() so strengthening was very important.  I had a lot of pain when I went to one crutch and my limp was pronounced.  Actually my left leg is a little longer due to the pelvis bone graft and the fact that my right hip is already moving into my pelvis.  The difference is very minimal.  I had major left knee pain when I went completely off crutches but focusing on building my hamstrings and quads really helped as well as walking back and forth in front of a mirror to correct my limp.  Dr. Hickman was worried I had developed a stress fracture (which freaked me out!).

Finally almost 11 weeks after my surgery (December 18 21), I felt I was going to be fine, better actually!  I had an entire weekend without pain even though I spent hours on the elliptical, weight training, core strength exercises, and TOPROPE CLIMBED twice in three days!  Yes, I was back!  My climbing level was beginner, of course, but I was able to rotate into the wall, step high, and put weight on my left leg.  Trying to do all three in one move, however, hasnt worked YET.   Im adding snow sports this weekend (December 26th).  Yes the surgery was definitely worth it!

I probably could have jumped back into sports earlier but I tried to earn my return by listening to my body and using pain as a guide (as opposed to working thru the pain).  Im going to wait a year or so before my next hip resurfacing and will definitely be returning to Dr. Hickman!  If he doesnt burn out!  Everyone I talk to has had their hip or knee replaced by him recently. 
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LBHR - October 7, 2008 by Dr. Joshua Hickman
RBHR - October 6, 2009 by Dr. Joshua Hickman

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Re: 11 WEEKS AND FINALLY STOKED! LBHR BY DR. JOSHUA HICKMAN - UTAH
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2008, 09:17:31 PM »
Damn girl, that's awesome!

Week 11 looks a long way off from where I'm at (wk 2), but reading stories of getting back to business, pain free, is great inspiration!

Keep up the good work, and don't break anything on the slops!!!  ;D
Bill
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Re: 11 WEEKS AND FINALLY STOKED! LBHR BY DR. JOSHUA HICKMAN - UTAH
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2008, 10:07:07 PM »
Bravo!  Glad you turned the corner and are getting back into your groove!  Being down can be quite depressing and it's great to hear yet another surface hippy getting their game back.

I am an avid road cyclist and can't wait to be in your shoes.  I am only 14 days post surgery, so I have a lot of recovering to do, but I feel I am getting stronger every day.  This time last year I was in a cast with a fractured 5th metatarsal in my foot (pinkie toe middle bone) and it took forever to heal.  This year, no cast, but plenty of healing to still do.

Keep us updated on your progress!   ;D

P.S. What kind of bikes do you ride?

Steve
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Houston, TX December 10, 2008

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Re: 11 WEEKS AND FINALLY STOKED! LBHR BY DR. JOSHUA HICKMAN - UTAH
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2008, 10:26:16 PM »
Wow, you're both about two weeks into this adventure!  Hang in there!  I was truly wondering what I'd done to myself at two weeks.  At three weeks I started to think I may make it if I could only ditch the weird limp.

The elliptical really helped because it forced me to put weight on my left leg and push.

Steve, I was disappointed how long it took me to get back on a spin cycle.  Every time I tried I had pain in my pelvis.  My theory (didn't ask the doctor) is that the bone graft was sensitive.  A regular stationary bike didn't bother me but it's taken a few weeks to work up to 30 minutes on a spin cycle.

I've done both mountain and road biking but am not an avid cyclist.  Probably would be if climbing, hiking and employment didn't interfere.  It's hard to do everything.

Best to you both.  Keep us posted on your progress.  If I get some good pictures of my snow adventure this weekend, I'll post.  Right now, however, the avalanche danger is HIGH in the backcountry so I'll probably be staying on mellow low angle slopes.
LBHR - October 7, 2008 by Dr. Joshua Hickman
RBHR - October 6, 2009 by Dr. Joshua Hickman

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Re: 11 WEEKS AND FINALLY STOKED! LBHR BY DR. JOSHUA HICKMAN - UTAH
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2008, 02:54:47 AM »
Hi
Glad to hear you are doing well at 11 weeks post op.  I hope you will continue to have a fast and easy recovery now.  You are on the road to a new active life without pain.

Good Luck.

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Re: 11 WEEKS AND FINALLY STOKED! LBHR BY DR. JOSHUA HICKMAN - UTAH
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2008, 05:11:26 PM »
Thanks Pat!  Your support is so important and appreciated.  Instead of just lurking on your website when I was down, I should have posted my disappointments too.  Somehow just writing about them seemed to reduce their impact and speed up the healing process.

Im ecstatic now that Ive turned the corner.  I snowshoed on Saturday and the only challenge was reaching all the straps on my snowshoe!  I did have a hilarious moment when there was a loud squeaking noise coming from my body and my companions thought it was my hip!  I guess Im not 100% sure it wasnt, but believe it was my snowshoe.  It was about 10 degrees before calculating the wind chill so they thought the cold weather was locking my hip  :D.

I probably seem too fitness obsessed but after growing up with parents suffering from heart disease and cancer and leaving this world too young, Ive always been terrified of losing my health.  I no longer think my hips will hold me back!
LBHR - October 7, 2008 by Dr. Joshua Hickman
RBHR - October 6, 2009 by Dr. Joshua Hickman

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Re: 11 WEEKS AND FINALLY STOKED! LBHR BY DR. JOSHUA HICKMAN - UTAH
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2008, 02:45:38 AM »
Hey mtnhippy,
I just got back from a 10 day vacation in park city and riverton. We spent christmas out there and you know how much snow came during that period ;D. I did alot of walking thru thigh deep snow and had no problems at all. And the cold didn't affect either hip. Only bummer was that it is too soon for me to get on my snowboard.
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Re: 11 WEEKS AND FINALLY STOKED! LBHR BY DR. JOSHUA HICKMAN - UTAH
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2009, 08:58:39 PM »
Hi MtnHippy,
Congratulations!  I'm a fellow hippy in your SLC neighborhood, so I thought that I would reach out.  I'm about 6 weeks ahead of you on my recovery.  I consulted with Dr Hickman last spring.  But, I chose to travel to Dr. Gross for my resurfacing instead.  Like you, I'm also very active outdoors.  I occassionally climb, but not so much anymore.  I'm more of a cyclist, both road and mountain and a snowboarder. 

I've been out snowshoeing a few times.  But, I've recently swapped the snowshoes for my splitboard instead.  Although, I won't actually ride my splitboard as a snowboard until I'm at least 6 mos post-op, it's been good to get out and skin up and down Mill Creek Canyon with the dogs a couple of times this week.  This weekend, I think I might do some cross country skiing over at Moutain Dell.  Whatever I can do to keep my mind off riding my snowboard!  It's been tough lately as the storms having been coming through regularly.  But honestly, I've sort of enjoyed taking the last few months off and relaxing a bit.  I've been pretty mellow through my recovery thus far and it's been quite pleasant.  Although now I'm feeling like I'd better get my butt in gear (literally) and start hitting the gym! 

Anyway, let me know if you'd like to get together sometime and compare Xrays or hike, snowshoe, cross country ski, etc..  I'd love to meet another Surface Hippy in town. 

Take Care,
Jeanie
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Re: 11 WEEKS AND FINALLY STOKED! LBHR BY DR. JOSHUA HICKMAN - UTAH
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2009, 10:36:41 PM »
Jeanie,
That would be great fun!  I've had a good week -- two climbing sessions and two snowshoes.  Just got back from Scott's Pass and the snow was great!  Watched ski patrol throw a few hand charges at the pass which resulted in a little avalanche nothing too scary.  It's been hard to get used to really cold weather -- our therm. read 0 degrees in the trees just below the pass.  Yikes.  My hip seems to be doing well, but sometimes I wonder if the cold metal makes the muscles around my hip spasm a little (or maybe I still walk funny at times).

Email me and we'll find a time.  I'm not coordinated enough (even before surgery) to be a SAFE snowboarder.  I'm the one everyone runs from when they see me on the hill.  But a snowshoe would be great. 

Vickie  vjahiker@yahoo.com
LBHR - October 7, 2008 by Dr. Joshua Hickman
RBHR - October 6, 2009 by Dr. Joshua Hickman

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Re: UPDATE: 15 WEEKS AND FADING MEMORIES . . .
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2009, 10:51:47 PM »
Fading memories and those wonderful assistance tools . . .

Sore heels  Anyone end up with dry crackly heels and no way to reach them?  Im surprised I didnt invent a pressure relief tool (I tried).  Ended up taping a foot file to a long handled shower brush and applied lotion with my grabber and a paper towel!

Grabber Most used tool.  However, it constantly reminded me I couldnt just bend over and pick something up.  Dropping a Wheat Thin on a tile floor was still a grabber challenge.  Dont get me started on that great magnet on the end.

Pillows, pillows, pillows I bought an assortment of expensive foam body positioning pillows (returned them), triangular pillows (also returned), and ended up with a ton of regular pillows positioned based on the current owie.

Compression socks Hated em.  Loved the day I took them off permanently! 

Sock tool One of my favorites.  Great conversation starter at the gym.

Nair (or other leg hair removal lotions) What a waste!  Good thing I had to keep the compression stockings on for three weeks! 

Prune juice Suffice it to say when all the drugs failed to work, the nurse gave me warm prune juice . . . (Red faced embarrassment at the results  :-[).

Invisible dog leash Never was very good at lassoing my ankle.

Toilet riser Felt like a graduating toddler when I put it away!

Shower chair A keeper . . . now I just like sitting in a hot shower (especially after a snow day).  I shudder at all the years I settled for standing!

Crutches I have some sort of weird attachment to my crutches.  They represent the toughest days (e.g. when I realized my limited mobility) and freedom (gave me the confidence to face big crowds of people).  I dont use them; just keep them around to remember how far Ive come.

Vickie
LBHR - October 7, 2008 by Dr. Joshua Hickman
RBHR - October 6, 2009 by Dr. Joshua Hickman

 

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