I used Dr. Rector in Boulder.
I feel the BHR surgery which occurred on April 22, 2010 gave me a
2nd chance at an athletic life. It used to take me 30 or more
seconds to stand up out of a chair. Since my surgery I have been
using the stationary bike for about 1/2 hour and working out on the
elliptical for about 20 mins. 2X per week and balancing on the bosu
ball for a few minutes on each leg during my workouts.
At 10 months out from my surgery I began playing soccer again. I am
a 58 year old skinny Italian soccer player. I have played soccer at
least once a week for 40 years without a break unless I was injured
or on vacation. I am not a great player, but a great lover of the
At 10 months and played for about 45 minutes outdoor. My surgerized
hip was a little sore, nothing to speak about but more sore than
normal a day or 2 later. About as sore as my good hip which has some
2 Weeks later (at about 10 1/2 months) I played again for about 45
minutes with almost no pain following.
At almost 11 months I played a full outdoor game and was tackled in
the box by a defender. No problem no injury to the hip. A week later
I played a full indoor soccer game in the morning against a bunch of
speedy 20 and 30 year olds then a full outdoor game in the afternoon
with my co-ed adult team.
At 12 months now I am playing full 1 1/2 hour games at 90% pace. I
have some dull pain after games and a few days later. After resting,
my hip seems to hurt a little more in certain positions but nothing
significant. I use no anti inflammatories and no ice. It’s no big
deal. I did develop a slight medial aductor groin strain but its
very playable. I just need to rest it a little more. I don’t feel it
is related to the surgery but perhaps my lack of side to side rehab
training as a bike does not help develop the aductor.
I am beyond happy. My heart and psyche are rejuvenated. I feel warm
in side, like I’m standing next to a fireplace. There is nothing
like the feeling of being in shape again.
I do worry though that I should have learned my lesson, to stay away
from impact sports. To some degree I feel am taking advantage of
this second chance. I feel a little guilty. There are some angles I
move my leg that something doesn’t feel quite right, I fear that if
I twist the right way in a tough physical play that something is
going to pop out or snap. Maybe just in my head. I don’t know.
I am one of the lucky ones. 3-days after surgery I went to the
movies, 4 days after surgery I went shopping at Walmart, One month
later I trekked in the Himalayas for a week (just hiking, no rock
Sometimes I think that you should just gracefully get old, take it
easy on your joints to extend their life and go out to pasture
voluntarily; retire to the boring low impact things like golf.