November 8, 2010 Bilateral BHR surgery was performed by Dr Scott Marwin at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases on 9/28/10. 61 year old male 6’1 220# good physical condition. Required 2 units of Blood due to blood loss and resulting low blood count. Incisions were 10-12″ 38/44 staples Transferred to Acute Rehab (Rusk Rehabilitation) resident in hospital on 10/2/10. Both PT and Occupational Therapy was excellent. Was able to walk with “Lobster Crutches” climb 2 flights of stairs and dress with various aides from a Hip Kit (grabber/long shoe horn/dressing stick/sock puter on prior to discharge on 10/9/10. Received minimal 4 in home PT sessions. At 4 weeks enrolled in excellent outpatient PT driving myself. At 5week driving my manual transmission car. Still require crutches to walk at 6 weeks unable to walk with stability unaided. Can see improvements week by week. The PT program I am attending is helping progress greatly. Looking forward to transitioning to cane(s)
November 17, 2010 I have completed bilateral BHR surgery on 9/28/10 by Dr Scott Marwin at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases in NYC. I am 62 yrs and reasonably good physical condition
Been 7 weeks since surgery, still walking with lobster crutches, but can walk very short distances in the home unassisted. I have been driving a car since 4 weeks after surgery, which when I started out patient PT which continues. I plan on returning to work on 11/30 using commuter RR and NYC Subways.
The rehab is tough because both side muscle groups have been impacted and strength and balance needs to be rebuilt. Dr Marwin informed me that the recovery/rehab would be tough but I would not have to look back, and although I was a good candidate for bilateral not every patient may be.
I have to say I am happy with my decision, both hips were bone on bone I was in constant pain could barely put on my socks or get in and out of a car. If I did only one side, my other side would be of no support in the rehab, and the thought of going back for a second surgery and rehab is not pretty.
November 25, 2010 I am in week 8 of bilateral BHR. At week 5 I also was very stiff. I started outpatient PT 3x/wk at week 4 and it took 2 weeks and I started to see improvement. The improvement is measured by the week not by the day.
I still use the sock puller to get the socks on but can pull the socks from my ankle with my hands, if something falls to the floor I can pick it up the my hand. In a week or two you will start seeing improvements but I found its a slow process, others seem to progress somewhat quicker but don’t be discouraged you are not alone in your progress, attend your PT regularly and don’t try to overdo anything you will see the progress soon I still use crutches outside but can walk unassisted in the house for short distances gait is great but I concentrate on proper form, again not overdoing anything.
December 15, 2010 Road to recovery continues–Went off crutches this week –no cane walking unassisted. Still wobbling a bit in my gait, working at PT to correct that condition as well as on my own.
Went back to work (full days-office environment) at week 9 driving and taking mass transit (railroad and subway). Sleeping on either side or stomach, able to to take escalators or climb/descend stairs (had to climb 3 flights this week – ADA elevator out of order) Basically pain free (take regular Tylenol 1X in AM to get going) still feel weakness in lower legs, probably from the years of improper motion due to the OA, attending Good PT sessions 3x/week. See progress in weekly increments–not day by day
March 14, 2011 I had Bilateral BHR was driving auto tranny @ 4 weeks, manual @ 5 weeks
March 20, 2011 I had Bilateral BHR on 9/28/2010 Was in Florida, at the range and played 3 rounds in mid February 2011.(approx 5 months out) Swing felt fine, my distance was a little short; was using my back-up set of clubs and with the winter layoff waiting for spring in the Northeast to see how things work out
November 1, 2011 Just saw Dr Marwin last week for my 1 year check-up –Bi Lateral BHR. All is good. Great doctor.
May 23, 2012 I fell directly (concrete) on one of my 2 hips (bilateral) 3-4 weeks after surgery. I was able to get up back on my crutches and walked home. I freaked out, when I contacted my doctor, he asked if I was still walking I said yes, but it hurt. He said it should—I fell on it! He said if I did damage I would be in an ambulance screaming in pain….. told me did not have to come in till my scheduled appoinment, about 2 weeks later. That was 18 months ago and 3 x-rays later.