Dr. Brooks performed my LBHR last October 2010 and I am very pleased with the results. I never experienced any pain post surgery: In the hospital, the nurses would ask periodically throughout the day what my pain level was, on a scale of 1 to 10, and I don’t recall ever getting above a 2. I stopped taking percocet (or whatever the prescription pain reliever was) after less than a day, and used only Tylenol thereafter.
Likewise at home used Tylenol, although I did have some aching in my thighs at night for a while (I’m not sure what that was). There were no Lovenox (anticlotting) injections; instead, aspirin for several weeks and pneumatic compression devices on the lower legs for 2 weeks (which give a lower leg massage on each leg about once every two minutes – actually feels rather nice!). No catheter. All in all, I have rather fond memories of my 3 nights at Euclid Hospital: virtually no pain,TV with remote, "room service" (the food was really pretty good , wireless internet, room with a view overlooking Lake Erie, friendly and helpful staff. What more could a guy want?
From my x-ray, the acetabular cup appears to be very much within the proper angle. Dr. Books told me the day after surgery that it is "perfect".
Be aware that Dr. Brooks has one of the more conservative post surgery protocols: six weeks on 2 crutches, then no impact sports for a year. But that is absolutely fine, as far as I am concerned; I’d rather be a little too conservative than run the risks attendant to being too aggressive. I think Mr. McMinn also recommends no impact sports for the first year, and you can’t argue with his results!
I had my one-year follow-up last month, and was given the green light to return to all activities. So, I’ve played tennis several times, and although I’m not yet back to my presurgery game, it is going well and there is no pain whatsoever in my hip!