Jennifer’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Su 2010
January 3, 2010
I am having my left hip resurfaced by Dr. Su next week. I am 35 years old, considered a little young to have this surgery according to Dr. Su. I have had left hip pain since an injury about 4 years ago now, and have had 2 arthroscopies to try to fix the labral tears. No such luck, now my hip is very arthritic, and I’m ready for my resurfacing. However, since I’ve been compensating by standing on my right leg for so long, I now have pretty significant right hip and knee pain. Has anyone had an experience with this, and was it remedied by simply fixing the bad hip or was there more than that? I am afraid I will have to go through this whole ordeal again with the right hip after my left one is fixed. I am happy to hear all the good reports about Dr. Su, he seems like a very caring and skilled surgeon.
January 17, 2010
I am now 2 1/2 days post op, and things are finally moving along. I had a LOT of pain yesterday after the epidural was taken out, so they changed my meds and I’m feeling a lot better. Only got up to walk earlier this afternoon at 48 hours. Every time I tried before that, I would faint! Luckily,the pain is much more tolerable now, and hopefully I can go home on Monday.
February 2, 2010
I am now 19 days post op and feeling great! The ileus took a couple of weeks to resolve, but now I am well. PT is going very well, and I am looking forward to getting off crutches!
I had an allergic reaction to my absorbable sutures which caused inflammation and pain at my incision site 10 days post-op. Dr. Su said it is not common, but he cleaned debrided it and removed the offending sutures. He also put me on oral antibiotics. After just a few days, it is much improved and healing nicely.
February 5, 2010
My surgery was 1/14/10, and the incision revision was 1/25. It’s still open, but not packed, and I see Dr. Su again on the 9th. Hopefully I can get off the crutches by then! I went off the pain meds after only a few days because I developed ileus from them, but the pain has been surprisingly tolerable! My hip joint feels great, the incision and surrounding area are still pretty sore.
February 18, 2010
I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who has good days and bad days! I am 5 weeks post-op LBHR with Dr. Su. Some days I just can’t get motivated to do anything, and I sleep A LOT! I also get very sore some days and don’t want to walk at all. Other days, I can walk a good long while with my cane and feel like I can keep going all day. I think I will start pool exercises this week, hopefully that will help. There is a nice pool at my gym.
It was pretty weird that he didn’t numb the area, but he said during the procedure that pain was "good", that it meant it was viable tissue. Regardless, it was extremely painful, but now the incision is healing perfectly. I still walk with a very big limp with no assistance, but I use the cane full-time for now. My hip feels great! I still have good days and bad days, but I feel I’m improving steadily.