I am a 49 year old state highway heavy equipment operator. I have arthritis all through my body. Over the years my hip gave me some trouble but it would come and go until 2 1/2 years ago when it came and stayed. The pain got worse and worse until I was no longer able to hunt, fish, and on some days, I was unable to even do my job. The deciding factor was when my wife and I could no longer enjoy our 2008 Yamaha venture motorcycle. The pain was so bad I had to stop every 30 minutes … Read the rest
One month ago, I lay in Sinai Hospital in Baltimore recovering from bilateral hip resurfacing a la Dr. Michael Mont. I’m a 49 year old active married professional woman 2 kids from Philadelphia with severe osteoarthritis. Your website helped lead me to Dr Mont after failing to find a surgeon I trusted in the Philly area, notwithstanding all our fine orthopedic hospitals/doctors. The three prior surgeons I interviewed were all anxious to replace my young 49 year old hips and recommended against resurfacing, citing amorphous risks of metal ion contamination and osteoporosis fracture risks. I sensed they just didn’t want … Read the rest
November 20, 2010
I had my left BHR surgery with Dr. Schmitt on 16-Nov-10 and it went well. I started walking with a walker on the second day and went home on 18-Nov. No too much pain. Incision is healing well.
Today’s is day 5 and swelling is pretty extensive in the area of the operated thigh above the knee though no extensive pain, just discomfort because of swelling. Per Dr. Schmitt’s instructions I am wearing stockings and administer Arixtra blood thinner shots. I am taking 200 mg Advil to reduce swelling.
November 21, 2010
My BHR surgery took place … Read the rest
I’m about to do my LBHR with Dr. Philip Schmitt in metro Detroit. He’s done about 700 BHRs so far, and according to his office he’s got a great success rate – only 6 failures/revisions.I apparently was born with femoracetabular impingement & have arthritis (10y+ at 41 y.o), and over the last year or so it’s degraded on the left side to where I can’t easily lift the leg up stairs, or do the other stuff ya’ll know full well about. It got down to bone-on-bone, and through my anti-inflammatories & light pain meds, it’s been… Read the rest
May 7, 2008
Tomorrow, May 8th is my big day for a RBHR with Dr. Schmitt at Huron Valley Hospital. I’m a little nervous but looking forward to being more active again, as I’m sure all of us are. I biked 25 miles a couple days ago knowing that it was probably my last decent bike ride for awhile. I want to thank everyone for sharing their stories. You are all an inspiration for me! I was in a serious car accident 32 years ago, at the age of 16. It was one of those life-changing moments. Not knowing that … Read the rest
I had my hip resurfaced Monday morning on June 16th by Dr. Schmitt in Commerce, Michigan. I had been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and had been in constant pain (5-6 on a standard pain scale of 1-10) for months before my surgery. I developed pain in my leg more than a year ago which slowly progressed to groin pain (never occured to me that it was my hip!). What started as a slight limp became more of a lurch as I was literally throwing my body forward to walk! Finally began using a 4-prong cane and then pain began radiating … Read the rest
Thank you so very much for your website – I’m grateful for the quality and organized delivery of the information available here – I plan to return to the site in just a few minutes, provide a donation, and buy a fun t-shirt. There is nowhere else to go for the comprehensive information, authentic real-life stories, and descriptions you and your contributors provide here.I’m scheduled for unilateral hip resurfacing in just a few days, the 23rd of September, and have been surprised to find so little about Dr. Thomas Vail or UCSF (University of California at San Francisco) on… Read the rest
I had a bi-lateral hip resurfacing November 25, 2008 with Dr. Tom Vail at UCSF in San Francisco. As a 60 year old energetic and athletic woman who loves hiking, sports and kayaking, I wanted to regain my life.
For the last 6-8 years I have been unable to walk more than a mile without pain so hiking was out of the question and many other sports and activities became difficult or impossible. After much research I decided to go with Tom Vail as he has done a lot of surgeries ( I didn’t want to be a guinea pig!) … Read the rest
Dr. Vail is such an amazingly skilled surgeon and lovely gentle, humble human being that I would give him the highest recommendations to anyone considering a BHR or THR. Dr. Vail has performed bilateral BHRs on me and I am a new woman thanks to him!
I had my left hip resurfaced by Vail 6 weeks ago, on December 22nd, 2009, and I just came back from a weekend in Tahoe, snowshoeing, swimming and otherwise moving around easily on my new hips. Dr. Vail resurfaced my right hip just 5 months before, on July 21, 2009. I was 48 when … Read the rest
Today (March 15, 2016) is the 10th anniversary of my BHR (Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Device by Smith and Nephew) surgery. My BHR is still going strong with no problems at all. It feels just like my other unoperated hip – normal.
I traveled to Dr. De Smet in Belgium in 2006 because there were not many experienced hip resurfacing surgeons in the US. Also, I did not have health insurance and could not afford surgery in the US. Dr. De Smet had performed about 2000 surgeries at that time and was used by many hip patients in the US.