In the summer of 2009 I had to find a fix for the pain I experienced every
time I played Senior Softball. At age 64, I was using pain killers at every
game. A fellow player told me I probably needed hip surgery, but he recommended
resurfacing over a total replacement. Someone advised me to visit Dr. Kusuma at
After consulting with Dr. Kusuma, I found I was a good candidate for hip
resurfacing, as I had good bone density, was in good physical shape, and I was
not over weight. I was a little concerned due to this procedure being rather
new, but I understood that it was a better choice for those people who wanted to
stay active and play sports, etc.
I had always been involved in sports while in school, and my 31 year career
as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief in the local Fire
Department demanded maximum physical stress on my body. My bad hip was mostly
bone on bone according to the x-rays, but Dr. Kusuma assured me that the BHR was
the way to go.
So, in September, I had the surgery. The next day I was shown how to use a
walker, and climb stairs, and was discharged. I think I might have used the
walker for a week or ten days, and then I used a cane for a couple of weeks.
After than I was walking better than ever and without any pain. In fact, I never
experienced any pain during my recovery!
As a Ski Instructor with 20 years of experience, I wanted to return to the
slopes as soon as possible, even though Dr. Kusuma recommended that I sit out
the season. In mid January I went to the slope to try out my new hip. I took it
easy, and had no problem. Then, to get the good Doctors approval, I ask him to
join me on a little trip to the local hill, so he could see that I was really ok
to ski. He did get a few hours away from the Hospital and joined me on the
slope. It was all good!
In the spring, as I walked the dog, I began running a little, and then a
little more, until I would run several miles with sprints included. Returning to
Softball, I played some 70 games in two leagues and a few Tournaments.
It’s been almost four years now, and I do everything I did when I was much
younger, and still have had no problem from the surgery. In fact, I think the
resurfaced hip might be better than my "natural" one. I have recommended the BHR
to everyone I know, and anyone who will listen!