This details her progress after the right BHR (second hip surgery) done in
From : Ms Joan Gunnes:
Ok, I thought you’d enjoy this……I started teaching my yoga class 13 days
post op! Yes, I stood with my cane for most of it, but I could do side bends,
some forward and backward bending and I did in fact teach the class! And I’ve
been at it ever since – taught my first children’s class last week – that would
be about 20 days post-op and unbelievably, by last Wednesday or so (again about
24 days post-op), I sat x-legged! Now mind you, I was sitting up about 5 inches
on blankets and had blocks for support under my knees, but it was a definate
x-legged sitting posture.
My biggest difficulty is with lunges (Virbhadrasana)
poses on my operated side, but I figure that will come in a few weeks. I also
did a full Vrikshasana (tree pose) with the sole of my foot up on my thigh,
balancing on the other leg on BOTH sides last night.
I am in awe…….tell
everyone I send my love and you are the absolute greatest! Thank you for giving
me so much back that I might be able to be of service to more through my
teaching……much, much love, Joan
This details her progress after the left BHR (First hip surgery) done in
From : Ms Joan Gunnes: I celebrated
my 1 year anniversary of my left
on July 30, 2006! It was one year ago on that date
that my life underwent a profound and beautiful transformation under the golden
hands of Dr. Vijay C. Bose. I am 52 years old and have been a dancer, children’s
creative dance teacher and yoga teacher for over 30 years. I had been struggling
for over 5 years with increasingly debilitating osteoarthritis in both hips.
Literally, my students were in pain watching me try to walk down the hall – I
was in continual pain and in many ways, disabled. It was impossible to walk more
than a few blocks and was becoming increasingly difficult to work and enjoy my
natural love of life.
Thankfully, I found out about Hip Resurfacing and then, Dr. Vijay C. Bose
and the India experience. Once I communicated via
email with Dr. Vijay C. Bose, my fears vanished and I eagerly made plans for my
upcoming surgery. Words can hardly describe the magnificence of my entire
experience from hospital stay to the stay at the Taj Resort on the Indian Ocean!
I was treated with such kindness, gentleness and professionalism by the staff of
the hospital Nurses were continually checking to be sure my needs were met and Dr. Vijay C. Bose
visited me everyday despite his busy and demanding
My recovery was astonishing! I was walking with the elbow crutches
comfortably within a few days, down to 1 crutch within 2 weeks and back to
teaching the day after my return from India (mind you, I was not doing a lot of
poses, but I was up there teaching!!). Yes, it has taken a lot longer to fully
recover, but the beauty of it is, I am still gaining in range of motion and
strength! My life is so vastly improved from where I was a mere year ago that I
feel blessed as if by a miracle! Hip resurfacing gave me my life back and
additionally, my trip to India was a gift of a lifetime leaving an indelible
impression in my heart.
Ms. Joan Gunnes from the United States is a yoga instructor specializing in teaching
yoga for children. She has embarked on a two year programme known as the radiant
child yoga programme. Photographs show the Resurfaced Hip Coping with the high
demands of flexibility for the various postures.