December 20, 2007 2 weeks post op!
After several years of joint pain, and trips to doctors, a
friend put me onto your site at the end of this summer. I am
a 54 yr old female runner, who used to do sprint triathlons
and bike and kayak. The pain got to me, and I finally
listened to my body and realized the pain wasn’t going to
get better by itself. (Why did it take so long??)
Dr. Rogerson in Madison said I was only a 20% chance of a
BMR because of the large cyst, but he encouraged me to get a
opinion. With your wonderful info, I sent my x-rays to McMinn,
De Smet and
Bose. Both De Smet and Bose replied quickly that I was a 100%
but needed to act soon. That was the middle of November.
Things started to fall into place, a substitute teacher,
plane tickets, insurance calls, and then my husband I flew to
Belgium on Dec 3rd, and I became the new owner of a pain free
hip on Wed, Dec 5th. (some sore muscles came with it, as a
Just 8 short days later, we flew home Thurs Dec 8th (only
to be stranded in Newark because of freezing rain!).
Am now home, moving about at a faster pace every day,
swimming at a local pool, and trying not to do too much for Christmas.
I’m still giving myself the blood thinner shots, and will take off
the stockings tonight, and have removed the bandage. Still
some bruising on my lower calf, but it’s slowly working it’s way out of
The personal care from Dr. De Smet’s staff was great, and
as everyone will tell you, the hospital stay was a total contrast, but
was, indeed for just a short 2 1/2 days.
At the clinic with me were: a man from Greece who had
both hips done, a man from Turkey, an older woman from Belgium, two women
from the Netherlands, and then people from the area returned for
Word was, the young (38 year old) man from the windsurfing
video was in the recovery room with the Turk, having his other hip
done. I didn’t see him. (Where do the people
recuperate if they
don’t go to the clinic?)
Things learned: we are now in an age where we are
responsible for our own health care. Having access to your
electronic copies of our x-rays, and having the ability to
talk to doctors
across the world for second opinions is pretty powerful, but
daunting. Being informed is a task in and of itself.
Interesting that the (international) people at the clinic in Gent
a very similar process to mine in researching and then
Thanks again for your information, and kind replies.
Wishing you all a pain free Christmas and New Year.
Jeri Springstead Mazomanie, Wisconsin De Smet 12/05/07