Victoria Kassner Hip Resurfacing Right BHR with Dr. Rogerson 6/6/06 –
Dr. Rogerson’s First BHR Patient
“I had heard about Dr. Rogerson’s expertise and the possibilities of the “Belgian Hip Resurfacing Technique” coming to Madison from my friend Stephanie B. Gifford at Stellar Rehab and Matthew, my son.
Dr. Rogerson had performed surgery on my son’s shoulder perhaps a year ago. Also Matt did his nursing rotation in Meriter’s surgical ward this past semester and just loved it. He was able to be in the surgical theater when Dr. Rogerson did surgeries.
I have arthritis in my spine and lower back, and my right hip always had limited motion. Approximately two years ago I went to my physician, Dr. Cooper (Internal Medicine at Dean) and he set me up with Naproxen (Aleve-bigger dose) and sent me to rehab. Matt, via Dr. Rogerson, had been sent to Stellar Rehab for his slow shoulder recovery. He is 30 with two small kids and a part-time job at Target Pharmacy. He is also a full-time Edgewood Nursing student. (Whew!)
He marveled at Stellar’s techniques and kinesio taping, deep myofascial release method. I came to Stellar fulfilling Dr. Cooper’s request.
Stellar identified my hip (too) and told me that Dr. Rogerson was hoping to get FDA Medical Association approval on the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure in the near future. I quickly made an appointment and met with Dr. Rogerson’s Physician Assistant, Joanna, who took my vitals and put me on “the list.”
We anticipated January 1, 2006 or thereafter. Weeks turned to months. My hip digressed so rapidly! My right leg muscles atrophied so badly. I couldn’t do my exercises to relieve them. I continued to work but boy, my coworkers could tell you, I walked so slowly. I couldn’t get up from sitting and begin walking for a minute or two. I never carried coffee! I couldn’t garden this beautiful spring. I couldn’t lift Matt’s baby, London, 22 pounds of squirming little boy. I had to wait for theaters to empty because I was frozen in my seat.
I called Dr. Rogerson’s office about every two weeks. One day in mid-May they called me! I rushed over to give them my current vitals. They said they were reviewing patients as to who would go first in the pilot wave. I hoped for 1 of 35 or 50. When I got a call back they said I might be in the first 10! I said “Yippee; well 6 or 7 would be nice.” They said “How about #1?” I eagerly agreed, no reservations!
My general doctor, Dr. Cooper, gave me a pre-op appointment the next day. Everyone was so eager and helpful.
Dr. Rogerson had me visit the Meriter Heights Rehab Program pre-operation. They gave me sheets of exercises and post-op instructions. I did do twice daily regimens when I could, but many were too painful because my bad leg muscles had atrophied badly.
Then Surgery Day! On June 6th my surgery was scheduled for 1 p.m. We checked in at 10 a.m. (Smoothly, I might add.) I was not anxious or nervous. I was very well prepared for what would follow.
Surgery began a little late. It took about 4 hours. I understand the news crew was waiting but I went to recovery quite late and Dr. Rogerson missed them. But….my husband John bought me “the big No. 1 red finger” and I brought it along to surgery. Staff giggled.
Thursday in the hospital I had a PT session, with some sitting and lying exercises. I walked a little but I still felt vertigo in the head and stomach.
The day before (June 7) I had OT in my room. Wonderful aids. The pickup, sock puller off stick was wonderful. (Now on day 5 post-op, I use it for everything. I can put on my swimsuit, dress myself, but not put on my ted stockings.)
Here I am on June 7, not yet 24 hours post-op
Our apartment was delightful! We had a welcome goodie basket and a big bouquet from Meriter Heights. As we got settled we found housekeeping/kitchen supplies, coffee, juices, sodas, plastic baggies, wipes, and dish soap – just everything.
I went to my first physical therapy session with Desiree (on crutches) in Floor “A” (for aquatic) and enjoyed it. She helped me, she enabled me. She waterproofed my glutes and inspected me afterwards. Oh, I forgot one huge thing! Dr. Rogerson had held open the option I might take a unit of blood if needed. My tests said I was slightly anemic pre-op and more so after, but not alarming.
The nurses offered that I might want to consider it. I had wanted not to unless really necessary. But after my first real attempt up on Day 2, I almost lost consciousness and felt like I was going into shock. It really scared me.
I reconsidered, and Dr. Rogerson and the nurses concurred. I received a unit of blood and then transferred to Meriter Heights. I couldn’t have done this without that blood, I am sure. It made a big difference in how I was able to sail into rehab so comfortably. And actually, I would have taken a pint had I to do it over. Actually if we hadn’t been hurried, I would have opted to have my blood collected in advance. Dr. Rogerson certainly didn’t rush me to bypass this. I wanted to jump in ASAP.
So once at Meriter Heights I occasionally had kind of flu-like vertigo in my head/eyes. I knew I wouldn’t faint. I just wasn’t up to par. I drank more fluid and I have been taking prescription iron.
Desiree then came back to my apartment 45 minutes later so I could take a shower with my waterproof butt before she re-bandaged me. She instructed my husband as to “how to.”
On day 3 post-op (Friday) my therapist took me outside first thing for a walk! I would have saved myself for my therapy. It was great. She said Dr. Rogerson encouraged us to get out and walk as much as was possible and sensible.
Bye to those wings and my crutches. Water warm, weightless, wonderful. Exercise pain free. Of course little baby steps with the land exercises.
So Saturday morning my husband and I went all around the Farmers Market near the capital! It was 1 1/8 miles!!!! And then we had water therapy in the afternoon! (We had Starbucks coffee.) It was a leisurely stroll. My husband tears up 10 times a day to see my progress. I am as pleased for him as for me. We will have our lives back.
I must say that I do have work to do rehabilitating my wounded muscles, a big surgical incision and bruises. I do have to budget my energy and deal with pain when I overdo it. But truly, I sailed through the surgery, postop and rehab seemingly easily. It
was immensely easier than I thought it would be.
Here I am on my last day at Meriter Heights, with my husband John. I look forward to returning to my garden and carrying my grandchildren.
I will also return to working full time the first week of July, as a senior technician at Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the UW. My husband and I love to travel, skin dive, hike and sail.” –Victoria Kassner