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Michael Puertas has been playing squash for three decades, racking up an impressive record. Then three years ago, pain in his right hip began to wake him up at night. He knew surgery was inevitable but he didn’t want to give up squash…
…Dr. Robert Barrack suggested an alternative to traditional hip replacement called hip resurfacing…
…Ten months after the surgery, Michael Puertas won the U.S. national 40-plus squash championship…… Read the rest
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…Danny Witt was 28 when he first found out he had arthritis in his hip. The Ponte Vedra Beach tennis coach learned to live with the pain, but it progressively became worse.
Now at age 43, he opted for a unique approach (hip resurfacing) with Dr. Brett Frykberg, orthopedic surgeon at Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute, that would allow him to keep more of his own hip bone as opposed to a total hip replacement…
…”Hip resurfacing unlike total hip has no restrictions. Once recovered, people can return to normal activities such as running, biking, swimming, hockey and … Read the rest
April 20, 2016
Hey there hippies, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here, mostly because my new hips are doing so well I rarely think about them. My left hip is now 13 months old, my right hip 15 months, and both are doing great.
This past weekend I returned to skydiving, with a couple jumps and no problems. Tomorrow I’m going on a couple days backpacking trip, and in two weeks I’m running a 5K. Pain is infrequent and only occurs in short bursts at the edges of my ROM, likely from my femoral neck catching an edge of … Read the rest
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April 27, 2016
So happy with having had this done. Like most, scared beforehand. But what a year. I am so happy, I’m loving it, and could shed a tear of joy.
I’m rowing as much as I want, running a bit now too, fit, well, oh and golfing as much as I want too. And walking the dog every day. As well as career and family of course. Where previously the day after golf I was sore and it limited me, no more. So running around playing with the kids … no problem whatsoever.… Read the rest
It was 3 years ago this month that I was officially diagnosed with OA and told to go home and take Advil and return in 10 years for a THR. Thank God for this site and Dr. Gross — this site allowed me to have hope and to intelligently research and discuss my options for HR. 3 months after my diagnosis I was having my right hip resurfaced and then 5 months later my left. I have had a wonderful recovery and don’t give my hips a second thought anymore — except to sing the praises of my surgeon and … Read the rest
May 18, 2016
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18 months post-op that all is going really well and that my metal hip is probably the best bit of me!
Running is getting better all the time, still not doing major mileages in training because my natural hip can get ‘limpy’ but speed is improving with intervals and treadmill work, current PBs are 23:07 for 5k and 48:11 for 10k (last Sunday) and these equate to a Master’s percentage of 72.5 (my best ever was around 74% so I am not complaining). I can run for a couple of hours/13 miles … Read the rest
November 16, 2015
When I had my first done with Dr. Gross nearly 13 years ago, there were no options in the NYC area, where I live. In fact, there were very few surgeons doing the procedure in this country. I was part of the original FDA clinical trials, and was one of the first few hundred people to have resurfacing in the USA. My judgment at the time was that Dr. Gross was the best option. I believe I was right, as he has turned out to be one of the preminent resurfacing surgeons in the world.
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