May 11, 2010
I am now over 2 years post-op on the right hip (resurfacing/uncemented)surgery from Dr. Gross (my hero), and life is grand!
NO MORE 20+ years of PAIN
NO MORE post-op CLUNKING sensation
FLEXIBILITY is like night and day (I have even been doing Yoga)
I have been living and loving life with my new strong hip!! Absolutely no complaints whatsoever!
I have been doing the P90x program (for over 1 year now) starting one year post-op http://www.surfacehippy.info http://www.surfacehippy.info."I am strong as bull http://www.surfacehippy.info.now" heh-heh! My hip flexors / glutes / thigh muscles have all come back to life even after 20+ years of damage / deteriotion / almost naturally fused bone / with no flexability prior to this surgery. Its absolutely amazing how your body can continue to get strong again after so much damage.
Thank you ALL for helping during that my pre-op / post-op time http://www.surfacehippy.info http://www.surfacehippy.info LIFE DOES get better with resurfacing!!! WOO-HOO!
[hugs to all]
RH Biomet / uncemented Dr. Gross (SC) 04/02/2008
The Long Journey
Around the age of 14 1/2 I was outside in our neighborhood playing some ball game and felt a "twinge" in my right thigh area. I didn’t give it must notice since I was always doing some kind of muscle pull.
Two and a half months go by until I can’t walk on it anymore and mom takes me to the general doctor where I get x-rays and find out I have a slipped epiphysis and need surgery.
They admit me and put me in traction for 2 weeks in the hospital first to see if it will correct the problem. It doesn’t so off to surgery for 4 pins screwed into my right hip.
About a year and a half goes by and I noticed my foot was turned out on that leg. We went to see my surgeon and he said I can remove the pins now and put a shim in to make your leg so straight by shimming it, at the mid-thigh outside area.
So I went in for the surgery had the 4 pins removed and was given an osteotomy and the tin-like shim with a large pin that went into the femur head. I came out of that surgery with a low grade fever.
As time went on I started to get a hard mass in my hamstring which later burst http://www.surfacehippy.info.I learned later that I had two "staff" infections from that surgery and the shim and was walking around with it for a good 8 months or so.
Grin and Bear It
Off to surgery again to remove the shim part and clean out my leg. I was in the hospital on IV antibiotics for 6 weeks of my life; it was a depressing time as I missed my high school graduation.
My surgeon told me that some day I will need a total hip replacement (THR) when I get older. But maybe by then they will have something new out.
For now, I just need to grin and bear it and try to preserve the hip as long as I can. I was only around 18 years old when he told me this. So, I went on with life completely ignoring the leg http://www.surfacehippy.info.I had no patience for any complaints from my leg if I over did it.
It got worse and worse, my pelvis started to tilt, the bone on bone was making a awful grinding noise, and if anyone bumped my knee and made my leg go to the side (when I was sitting), I would go through the roof with pain.
I started wearing a lift inside my shoe that really embarrassed me. If I had to take my shoes off in someone’s house, I would hide the lift or my shoe.
The pain was becoming unbearable when I hit my forties. Having a high pain tolerance, I was taking Ibuprofen types of pills only if I was walking around in pain like a caged animal. My limp was really bad now, and I couldn’t reach my foot anymore
In 2007 I went to a local orthopedic surgeon, where he told me about hip resurfacing and Dr. Gross in South Carolina. What’s hip resurfacing, I asked http://www.surfacehippy.info.well I did some web surfing and found the surfacehippy.info web page http://www.surfacehippy.info.WOW! Finally something that might work for me (only being 43 yrs old).
After some insurance bologna, I finally had surgery with Dr. Gross in SC on April 2, 2008 at the age of 44.
Life is Great
I finally can have an active life and do whatever I want. What a great thing! I’m so glad I found out about hip resurfacing.
Oh http://www.surfacehippy.info.and "yes" I can reach my feet now and more http://www.surfacehippy.info.
Hip Before Surgery
Hip Before Surgery
After Hip Resurfacing
After Hip Resurfacing