Jeff A’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2013
June 25, 2013
I am currently 3 weeks post surgery with Dr. Gross and I wanted to share my story, progress and comments with the Group. I am a 60 year old avid softball player in the Boston, MA. area, and I found and selected Dr. Gross in large part due to this group so thank you all for taking the time to provide your stories.
First I am amazed at my progress at this point; after 3 weeks I can walk 20 minutes with a cane and no pain – 4 weeks ago I couldn’t walk to the end of the block.
For those of you who have or might have swelling in the future, I did also my first week – the leg swelled from top to bottom almost 2 to 3 times its size, but Dr. Gross’ team assured me that would resolve and in fact it did as soon as I was up and walking on a regular basis in week 2.
I had a lot of pain the first week and made good use of the pain meds to be comfortable. As of this week I am now completely off the meds and good to go. I am amazed at those in the group who went without meds, but I would say to those approaching surgery; don’t plan on being a hero – take the meds that are prescribed to you and be comfortable.
After the surgery I came down with a Urinary Tract Infection that is not uncommon with a catheter. I also had an “in and out” catheter while I was still in the hospital that probably added to that likelihood (if you can’t go, you can’t go). In order to address it I went to my Primary Care Doc to get an antibiotic. For those of you considering this surgery long distance, keep in mind that no local Doc will touch major complications, but you need to have some medical care locally in support for minor complications. Dr. Gross’ team of Nancy and Lee are always there to help you long distance.
I also had a fluid discharge from a bump in the bottom of the incision for over 2 weeks. Dr. Gross prescribed antibiotics for that and after 2 weeks it sealed up, but a minor bump is still there (seranoma). There is no infection. I have sent pictures to Dr. Gross weekly to monitor its progress and get almost instantaneous feedback from the team.
Pre-surgery, Dr. Gross‘ team was awesome working with my insurance. Frankly, I was amazed it was approved, but it took a personal peer-to-peer call from Dr. Gross to the medical evaluation team with my insurance. How many Docs would make that extra effort, especially one that has patients lined up months in advance?
In terms of overall communication, Dr. Gross‘ office has a secure website where you can get almost instantaneous feedback. However, phone calls tend to get lost in the shuffle, so it is a less effective means of commo.
Sleeping, as is well documented is a nightmare early on. A side and stomach sleeper that flips and flops like me is in for many long nights. All I can offer is please be careful, as especially early on when you are on pain meds, your mind will be telling you to move in ways you shouldn’t move post surgery.
If at all possible, have someone with you at the surgery and especially after you get home. Just doing things like filling the polar care unit with ice can be a major effort and possibly lead to you moving in a way you are not supposed to. Without my loving wife, I would probably have re-injured myself multiple times in these 3 weeks.
The stuff I got (purchased) as part of the surgery have all been very useful – the polar care unit is awesome, the cane and crutches have been great and the hip kit (grabber, sock puter-oner, and long shoehorn all come in handy). Don’t cut yourself short buy them and use them.
I did not find the toilet chair that goes over the toilet to work that well. I found that sometimes when I urinated it found a space between the chair and the toilet and went all over the floor! Since I had items around the toilet that I could use for leverage, I abandoned the chair very quickly and haven’t missed it.
In summary, any inconveniences I mentioned are for your awareness, but the positive of being able to walk without pain, 3 weeks after surgery have made it all well worth it. I look forward to playing softball once I am fully cleared by Dr. Gross (6 months after surgery). Thanks again to all of the group and good luck to all of you considering this surgery.