On Nov. 19, 2007 I had my left hip resurfaced by D. Scott Ball at
UCSD Thornton Hospital ,La Jolla, CA. I got in 30 days early due to a
cancelation so I only had about 5 day window of being "anxious" but due
to prayer I was very peaceful all the way up to going under. I was put
under at 1:00 and remember waking up about 5:00 with no pain. Did not
remember throat tube going in or out or the catheter going in.
Day1 woke up with no pain and walked 200 feet with walker not much
sleep. They removed catheter about 3:00 and it was not bad at all.
Day2 Very glad I brought ear plugs to stop the IV noise walked about
300 feet, did not ever use the morphine button. As the Meds the DR. put
inside the wound began to wear off I was glad for OXYCODONE. That Wed.
afternoon I went home.
DAY3 walked around house little pain eating about half of normal.
DAY4 sometimes walking a few steps before remembering to get walker.
Was getting concerned about no bowel movement used 1 suppository and got
bowel movement in 1 hour.
DAY 5 now only use pain pill at night to sleep.
DAY 6 took 3/4 mile walk outside with 1 crutch.
DAY 7 walked 1 mile. Also since the surgery I have not had coffee or diet pepsi and hope to keep it that way
DAY 8 I feel good this morning.
December 11, 2007 Now at 22 days post op I can walk 45 minutes with 1
crutch with no joint pain, just muscle soreness. I think the quality of
life I am getting back made it worth it.
December 13, 2007 I am very happy with the pace of recovery.
Yesterday when I went to a couple of stores I left my crutch in the
truck and limped around. My wife has danced her whole life and I just
started 4 years ago but we both can’t wait to dance again. I still take 2
5MG of Oxycodone to sleep at night. I went to my first Dr. in Jan 2007
and was told I needed a total hip replacement. .He did not even mention
resurfacing. I got a book called Hip Replace OR Hip Resurfacing. by
Peggy Gabriel and went to "you tube Dr. Scott Ball explains hip
resurfacing." Also went to edheads.org and saw a cartoon of the surgery
.Bottom Line they do not cut off your femur bone and put a metal rod
down your leg.