Melissa’s Original BHR Story
The last two years have brought increasing groin pain, instability, and popping/clunking on a regular basis. Two months before my 4th anniversary I became so alarmed at the consistent instability that I obtained x-rays and cobalt and chromium blood tests. Patient advocate, Vicky Marlow, had several surgeons review them for possible causes of my pain and instability. The following are excerpts from the surgeon’s emails:
1. She needs a revision ASAP before the neck on the femur breaks
2. Neck narrowing due to high ions and there will be some acetabular osteolysis at revision. Yes, … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
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 … Read the rest
February 11, 2011
So, today is my big day. We woke up at 3:30 a.m. to get showered and dressed
for my 5:30 check-in at Thornton Hospital at UC San Diego.
Most everything has gone very smoothly and I can’t say enough good things about
the doctors, nurses, and staff here. I was fully prepped and in the OR by 7:30
a.m. A few minutes of bantering with the surgical team is all I remember before
waking up in recovery at 10:30 a.m. with a new left hip. At this point I am
truly amazed at how easy this has … Read the rest
On Nov. 19, 2007 I had my left hip resurfaced by D. Scott Ball at
UCSD Thornton Hospital ,La Jolla, CA. I got in 30 days early due to a
cancelation so I only had about 5 day window of being "anxious" but due
to prayer I was very peaceful all the way up to going under. I was put
under at 1:00 and remember waking up about 5:00 with no pain. Did not
remember throat tube going in or out or the catheter going in.
Day1 woke up with no pain and walked 200 feet with walker not much… Read the rest
November 10, 2008
I’m 47 and had Bi-lat surgery with Dr. Ball at UCSD went picture perfect
(according to the Dr.) I just walked with a walker of course, thru the front
door of my home Yes home on day 3 post op. I just want everyone that is having
surgery soon or the near future my bone on bone pain is completely gone as soon
as I woke up from surgery, and let me tell you that pain was intense. Now my
buttcheeks are sore but that pain is nothing and I mean nothing compared to that
bone on … Read the rest
Published on Oct 14, 2012
Doctor Scott Ball, Dustyn and Team perform my first of two hip
resurfacing/replacement using the Birmingham Hip by Smith and Nephew. Fantastic
experience with Doctor Ball and UCSD Thorton Hospital. I’m a 44 year old male
who basically used up his hips due to sports. The ball was genetically a little
out of round and it caused severe arthritis with virtually no cartilage left.
I’m 7 and 9 months out of surgery and can pretty much do anything – like I was
30 again. I highly recommend Doctor Scott Ball and his staff who made … Read the rest
November 15, 2007 Yesterday I got my hip resurfaced. Today has been ok but yesterday after surgery was quite a rough experience since I’ve never been in the hospital before. I had know idea of what to expect and was very scared prior to the surgery. I came out fine and have started recovery.
Dr. Ball here at UCSD Thornton Hospital in San Diego said the surgery went well and showed my the x-ray of my new hip. In fact he’s come by yesterday and today to check in on me. Everyone had said what a great guy he is … Read the rest