Just wanted to report that I had a RBHR by Dr. Su of Hospital For Special
Surgery on April 20,2012. I was extremely apprehensive in the days leading up to
the operation, or just plain scared. My day started at 3:30am on a ride from CT
to NYC. When I arrived I checked in and was checked and re-checked as to why I
was there. The nerves came to a head about an hour before the procedure until
Dr. Su came in and confidently asked if I had questions and told me HE was all
ready (glad one of us was) but this put me at ease and I was finally all in.
After Dr. Su left my anesthesiologist came in and was just great with me,
walked me through what he was going to do etc. As I entered the OR I was again
nervous but was out within 2 minutes if not less. I do not remember anything
about the OR after that.
I woke up in recovery feeling no pain. None! Still couldn’t feel my legs for
about 40 minutes but then they came back. During that time the nurse inserted
the Foley catheter which I did not feel going in. They took me to the ward in
about 2 hours when a room opened, and what an amazing view of Roosevelt Island
and the East river. Awesome view!
No complaints about any staff, in fact they were wonderful except one nurses aid
(whom I won’t mention). The pain was never bad for me and I was off pain meds
the next morning and took 2 pills that day and then nothing except regular
Tylenol until Tuesday and then nothing.
That is one thing I’d like to stress to the people who are apprehensive about
getting this done……it truly was no big deal as far as the operation and the
pain. I made a mountain out of a molehill in my head. I was released after my
second try doing the pt walk. The first time I was dizzy, Saturday morning after
the last pain meds. I stayed until Sunday because of that dizziness due to pain
At home the Pt has gone great so far. Today is exactly one week post op and
I’m walking my driveway and my stairs regularly. I still have some quad weakness
and my abductors and adducters need more work but I feel great and couldn’t be
happier with the outcome. If anyone has any questions or wants more detail about
HSS, Dr. Su or the operation itself, don’t hesitate to contact me. For any
nervous Nellie’s like me……take it easy…isn’t as bad as you think!
RBHR Dr. Su HSS. April 20,2012