I have now had the operation from Dr De Smet for my hips.
Pretty courageous move to achieve.
Interesting he used the Conserve plus device in the end in which I thought he would.
He is not biased in any way just what he thinks works best.
My surgery was very, very tricky due to the FAI surgery I had in NZ as they took away much needed bone that he could have used both on the pelvis rim and the Femur.
I had to have cemented femur components in the end as he did not wish to take the risk of uncemented due to the other surgeries.
So I am pleased I had him do the job. His offer was the only offer I ever had so looking at that it is the best decision I could have made.
I asked him about the BHR and the Conserve and interesting he commented that he was fracturing the female pelvis a lot when inserting the BHR acetabular component in the females.
One of the reasons he shy’s away from the BHR.
His document on the BHR to Conserve also points out some very good advantages of the Conserve Plus.
Now who was I to say when I am on the operating table and I have had this issue for 8 years of hobbling around to ask the best in the world to insert a BHR please. That would be dumb!!
I just said you do your best and use the device you think is going to give me the best result.
He was also awesome in the fact I lost blood but did not wish to give me a coagulant as it was another $1000 euro.
So while I am been operated on he is thinking about my financial welfare what a guy!!
I also had 1 more day in hospital at no extra cost and a single room when only I paid for a double to save costs.
After reading his article on the BHR in comparison to the Conserve Plus it seems rather odd that these are now withdrawn off your American market. But I suppose that’s how things go maybe there are rather poor surgeons out there fitting these devices and there are more than one reason than just the prosthesis that is to blame.
Anyway I have full faith in what he has done and there is always critics.
A lot of my symptoms (almost all) now have gone and I can sleep.
I went by myself in the end and made it home safe and sound even though it was a 36 hour trip home.
Was great to see my family when I got home as they are most supportive knowing what my life has been like for the last 8 years.
I am the first from New Zealand on his list.
Thanks for the great web site and I am only 3 weeks post op. Hopefully able to get off my crutches in the next 2 weeks. It is improving day by day.
Dr De Smet is one of the most different surgeons I have ever meet.
The words “I want to help you” will never leave my mind. I have never, ever had that.
Really nice, awesome, cool guy.
Karl from New Zealand