LDG’s Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Raterman 2012/2014
I’m from the Tampa area and Dr. Stephen Raterman has done both of my hips.
April 20, 2014
I am 10 days post op on a right hip resurface. My pain has been manageable and I have been
weight bearing from day one.
I am having a problem straightening my right knee without forcing the issue. My in home physical therapist has given me instructions to continually try to straighten the leg at the knee when walking and when sitting but it leads to knee soreness and pain.
April 21, 2014
I had a BRH on my left hip 2 years ago and recently had the right hip done. At age 51 I’m wondering how many revisions I will have or if I will need THR in the future.
My surgeon told me that he expects my BHR to last 20-30 years but I think that’s overly optimistic.
I’m purposely babying my hips post surgery hoping to get more longevity. I’m doing mostly low impact activities like walking, biking and the elliptical machine. I’m even trying to reduce my weight. Hopefully that will lessen the wear and tear.
I’d hate to think that I will need to have hip surgeries when I’m in my 70’s or 80’s so the motivation is there for me to take it easy.
April 23, 2014
It’s day 14 and I just walked 1.5 miles.
Everyone recovers differently and every doctor has a different protocol.
May 1, 2014
I am now 3 weeks post op and the knee pain is subsiding.
My physical therapist has been working to reduce the tension in my leg muscles causing spasms in the wound area. They are also working to lengthen the muscles and tendons in my leg to accommodate the new position of my hip. Lastly they are working on my gait trying to reduce the wear and tear on my knees.
It’s slow progress and I’m spending more time in my bed at night before moving to the couch to use the back of the sofa as a resting place for my leg. Last night was the first time I could sleep on my back for a time without feeling pain in my knee and hip. After a few hours the discomfort came back necessitating the move to the couch.
I am walking without the aid of a cane and am feeling much more positive about recovery.
May 14, 2014
Now 5 weeks post op and things are moving right along. Knee pain has subsided although sometimes still sore.
Physical therapy is working to restore a proper gait when walking but it’s slow going. I got in a lot of bad habits compensating for the bad hip.
Trying to walk several times a week and keeping the distance to 1.5 miles or less. So far no soreness and no problems.
Sleeping much better although I still don’t sleep through the night. Sleeping on my back brings the least amount of pain although I sometimes put a pillow under my leg.
All in all I’m happy with recovery so far and looking forward to incremental recovery.