After struggling with hip pain since 2007 which, despite a lot of strength &
core exercises and staying active, steadily got worse. Thanks to this site, I
was able to research the hip resurfacing option and find a doctor I was
I am one week post op (operation June 18, 2012). Other than
some nausea from the anesthesia on day of surgery, my pain level never exceeded a
2 or 3 (10 being worst pain).
One week post op I am walking using only one
crutch and each day am seeing rather large improvement in range of motion &
ability to put weight on my right hip. Prior to surgery my hip was rotated about
a quarter inch forward which caused my lower right back to be "crimped" which
caused tightness and some bulging discs. Since surgery, I am already able to
stand straighter (hip not rotated forward anymore as its not "locked") and I
have no low back tightness. My new hip has allowed me to biomechanically in
"alignment" and I am already feeling the benefits of the operation & improved
I think a key to a successful surgery include:
a) keeping yourself as strong as
possible pre-surgery (i.e. do core exercises including lunges, squats…to the
extent one can) as stronger muscles will result in a quicker recovery
make sure you use an experienced, qualified surgeon – like a car, a good
"mechanic" makes all the difference.
Dr. Schmalzried and his staff did a great
job and I believe that his experience and expertise have allowed my recovery to
be far less painful and burdensome than I expected.