John’s Original Story Johns Original Story of hip resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2008
Just wanted to give a brief happy report at my six year anniversary of my resurfacing with Dr Gross. X-rays are perfect, and metal ion numbers are low (between 1.0 and 1.5 as I remember).
All is well, and I continue to be very happy with my new hip. I remain pretty active on it. Winter is skiing hard for 6-8 hours a day, seven days a week; and summer is tennis every morning, and then windsurfing in high wind and waves all afternoon every day. I am completely unaware of my new hip during my sports, which is great.
There are a few details that I have come to realize will never be quite as good as the original. When I do deep squats or lunges, I can still feel some soft tissue issues where the muscles were cut; not really pain, but not quite as strong as the other side, and some uncomfortable sensations as though some of the muscles are weak and are binding or grinding on each other. Probably some scar tissue that never got worked out. There are also some small pieces of heterotrophic bone formation in the soft tissue, which would explain some of the discomfort, and possibly the binding and grinding discomfort. Sleeping is good, though occasionally I still reach for the pillow between the knees. Walking and hiking are great. I am stiff after sitting for awhile, but pretty much in line with the rest of my 63 year old body.
My other hip is starting to get pretty sore, so I am probably looking at getting it done within the next year or two, and plan on going back to Dr Gross for another resurfacing.
Best of luck to all the other hippies out there, and hopefully I will be able to give this same happy report for many years to come.