Dirk Van Dyke Bilateral DePuy ASR 02/08 03/08 Dr. Ball
7 Year Anniversary – Update
I just celebrated my 7 yr anniversary with resurfaced hips. I was a "staged"
bilateral, with the 2 sides done 5 weeks apart, the 2nd one on March 31, 7 yrs
ago. I long ago reached the point where I don’t think about my hips when
considering any physical undertaking.
With the negative press about resurfacing in general and ASR in specific, I want
to give the good report on my 7 yr anniversary. I just reread my hip story from
7 yrs ago that Pat has hosted to remind myself of the early days (http://surfacehippy.info/hipresurfacing/stories/dr-ball/212-dirk-van-dyke-bilateral-hr-dr-ball-2008)
The summary for me is that the surgery has been very successful. It’s almost a
cliche to say "it gave me back my lifestyle," but that is the case.
Before surgery: Daily movement was painful. I recall getting
irritated doing house chores such as mowing the lawn, just because of the pain.
Now: On the eve of my 7 yr anniversary (for my 1st resurf), I
took a 4-day weekend to participate in building a home in MX – kind of a Habit
for Humanity lite. I was sore in lots of places, but no problems in hips. Had a
great time. In fact, I’ve done this every yr since the resurfacing.
Before surgery: Quit hockey. Hung up the skates approx a yr
before surgery, due to pain and diminished level of play.
Now: Playing hockey again. I didn’t start again until a good yr
after surgery. I get up to 2-3x per week, until my body starts telling me that’s
too much for somebody over 50, and then cut back to once or twice per week. (If
you are a goalie, and show up, you can play as frequently as you want.)
Before surgery: I recall going on a hike with family friends, a
month or so before surgery, knowing that I’d turn around after 1/4 mile and go
back to the trailhead and read a book.
Now: I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon a couple times post surgery.
In a couple weeks, I’m taking a short 4-day vacation to hike remote canyons in
Utah. It’s great to get this back.
The only thing that’s a bit of a cloud is the ASR. I geeked out on research, and
I feel that J&J put profits ahead of patients in withholding or minimizing known
problems. If those concerns had come to light, I would have requested a
different device. It seems that the ASR design is intolerant of sub-optimal
placement. So perhaps my research on selecting a surgeon trumped the device
selection. Or maybe I’m just lucky. Knowing what I know from following the legal
proceedings, even though my resurfacing is fine so far, my gratitude is mixed
with ill feelings towards J&J. It’s kind of like they played ~85% odds russian
roulette with me, twice.
But I’m going to enjoy my blessings and get out from under that cloud. Thanks to
Pat for hosting the site, and Vicki (wow, time flies, the community certainly
misses her) for all she did for resurfacing, and Chuck for his concern and
On this forum, I’m kind of in that camp of people who have had a successful
surgery and gradually fade away, as hip functionality and lack of pain becomes
It’s been a great 7 yrs with fake hips (well the first couple months were a bit
of struggle, but mostly forgotten now).