I left San Francisco on June 19 on upper class ticket with
Virgin-Atlantic non-stop (10.5 hours) and arrived on June 20 in London. My
girlfriend Debbie, her daughter and my daughter accompanied me and we stayed the
weekend in London and left to Birmingham(2.5 hour drive) on Sunday June 22 –
rented an apartment in city centre near shopping center known as Mailbox. Nice
area with ample restaurants and grocery store within walking distance and only
10 minute cab ride to hospital. Checked into Priory hospital following day June
23 at 11am, which is a day prior to surgery. Mr. Treacy has all his patients
check in a day prior, which seemed to be a good idea as they did blood draws,
met his assistant, the anesthesiologist and others to prepare for next day
surgery.The hospital was GREAT with attentive staff and very good food, which I was able
to select from various items daily for each of my three meals. Having never been
in a hospital before I was pleasantly surprised as I have visited friends/relatives
in the hospital, which frankly left a bit to be desired in regards to the
accommodations, food, staff, etc. I had my own room, with full bath, TV and nice
large windows for view outside.
I was wheeled into the “theatre” around 11am at which time an IV was placed on
back of my hand. Mr. Treacy came up and saw me briefly prior to being told by
the anesthesiologist that I would feel my arm get cold after which I would be
out by the time I tasted the drug in my mouth. Once that happened sure enough, I
don’t remember anything other than waking up at what appeared to be the same
spot with the same people around me… Turns out I was out of my room for only
about 2 hours total, which means Mr. Treacy completed the actual surgery in less
than an hour – probably 30 – 45 minutes!
They took me back into my room, where I stayed until Monday July 1 at which time
I checked out. During my stay I began walking with a walker the first day – just
a few steps around the room. Then every day thereafter I walked further and
further, including stairs starting the second day with crutches. Mr. Treacy
advised that the surgery went well but the AVN had left more damage then
originally thought and that probably 8 out of 10 surgeons would probably have
completed a THR but he proceeded forward with the BHR. For this reason he
recommended that I be extremely cautious the first six weeks and continue using
the crutches. I felt fortunate that one of the top surgeons in the world did
this procedure versus having a THR done during the surgery without my knowledge.
Friday, July 4th I returned for postop visit with physiotherapist who was
concerned about swelling of my leg. I went back into a room and the staff
completed a scan of my leg – similar to ultra-sound and cleared me from having
any DVT and sent me back to my room or removal of staples from my scar. After
which, Mr. Treacy visited me in the room and said to simply take it easy as the
swelling was due to over doing it and to slow it down a bit. They gave me TED
stockings, which I must say are a true pain to wear – but they controlled the
swelling. After being given my meds, which consisted of a pain killer similar to
Tylenol, an anti-inflammatory and baby aspirin I was sent on my way.
We left for London the following day and checked into the Marriot executive
apartments in an area known as Canary Wharf and stayed until our flight back on
July 9. During this time, I experienced daily improvement and up to now continue
to get better daily. Tough being tied down to the house but am trying to deal
the best that I can.
My left hip also has AVN but not quite as bad as what my right was so Mr. Treacy
recommended that I get back in touch with him after 90 to 120 days and see how
it is holding up. He said that if necessary I could get an x-ray and send it to
him for review to see if it has progressed or stalled. I can say that I do
notice more pain in left hip now as my right hip does not have any pain other
than from the surgery / incision / etc, not the joint.
In summary, I can tell you that Mr. Treacy handled my problem in a professional
and courteous manner. He was very informative and helped me remain calm and to
be real honest with you I had little to no anxiety prior to going into surgery.
Of course in the weeks prior to as anyone, I had bouts of anxiety as I am sure
everyone does but once I arrived at the hospital, dealt with his staff and
meeting with him, the anxiety was minimal to none. I HIGHLY recommend Ronan
Treacy to anyone considering having a hip resurfacing.