February 17, 2010 Dr. Della Valle resurfaced my right hip on 12/18/09. Tomorrow will be 2 months and I feel great. I can put my socks on, tie my shoes and even clip my toe nails. I would think he has way more than 100 by now as he is in great demand. I had to wait 6 weeks to see him and another 2 months for the surgery. He was just appointed to the hip society and is a professor at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Rush.
March 28, 2010 I started out with 30lb dumbbells 2 weeks after surgery doing overhead press. I would grab them off the DB rack so I didn’t have to bend over. I then went to light bench press at about 4 weeks being careful not to use leg drive during the press. I also did various upper body machines just to keep active. At 8 weeks during a doctor visit he advised not doing any lower body with weights, machine or free weights. He said deep knee bends and band work that the PT showed me were okay. My flexibility is pretty good now where my operated side is already better than at pre surgery. No problem at all clipping toe nails and putting on socks and shoes. Judging by the way I can go deep with bodyweight squat squats with weights shouldn’t be a problem when the time comes. I might not be able to go as heavy as I once could but I’ll take whatever I can handle. Joe
April 13, 2010 Just got back from the 4 month checkup. The doc said no running or squatting until the 1 yr mark which will be when I see him next. He said the bone needs this time to heal completely. I guess it will be bench only for awhile.
December 23, 2010 Got the doc ok to lift heavy. Today I squatted 225x8x3sets and dead lifted 225x5x3sets and am feeling it already. Before the resurfacing I was able to squat 500 and DL 450. I will take it slow and see how it goes.
April 3, 2011 I have done 2 power lifting meets since getting the okay to lift heavy. The last meet on March 5th I did a 365lb squat, 308 bench and 385 deadlift. After today’s workout I actually think I might be able to hit my pre surgery pr’s of 451 squat and 441 deadlift. Time will tell and I’m taking it slow.
November 30, 2011 I had BHR done on my right hip 12/18/09. I waited one year before starting heavy squat and dead lift training. This Saturday I will be competing in my 4th meet this year. I’m not moving the weights I did pre surgery but am getting closer. I hope to squat 405 and dead 440. I train these lifts once a week and have no problem.
March 12, 2012 Did another meet last Saturday 3/10. 420 squat, over 400 for the first time since the resurface. 452 dead lift, had 463 above the knees but couldn’t lock it out. Hips are a little tight now but overall not too bad. My best before the resurface was 545kg/1201.5lbs. I’m still not up to my old squat which was 205kg/451lbs and I’ve benched more. The dead lift was more than I ever did, even before the resurface by 5kg. The best news is that I don’t have any aches and its only 2 days since the meet! If training goes well I will lift again in July.
August 23, 2012 Lifting is going well. Did 400×3 in the deadlift last week and 405×2 in the squat. Joe