August 24, 2008
I am post op day 11. I had the BHR done by Dr Brooks at the Cleveland Clinic. Today is the first day I feel somewhat human. My pain has been in the front of the thigh with a lot of cramping type pain in the leg. I am only allowed to put 75% of my weight on the leg for 6 weeks after the surgery. I was surprised to hear you say that you were still on crutches.
I did not do well with the oxycondon and viocodin and have stop using them although I am having trouble sleeping at night. It is also painful getting in and out of bed and car. Everyone keeps telling me have patience but I guess I did not expect how tough it was going to be.
I am 44 and was very active, 12 lbs over weight but in pretty good shape.
September 17, 2008
I am 5 weeks out and just beginning to become useful around the house. I have 3 kid that are older than yours, 15, 12, 9 and they have been a great help to me and to my wife around the house. First week coming home I laid around and complained but each week I was able to do more. The biggest problem is carrying anything around while you have to use 2 crutches. Standing is not a problem so I could set-up in the kitchen and load the dishwasher or cook when I really got bored.
It was easier to go up and down stairs holding on to both railings and having my kids carry the crutches. I never felt comfortable going down stairs on my crutches. I ask for and received crutches from the hospital PT. Make sure you request an isle seat on the plane so that you can extend the leg. I could not bend mine for very long due to swelling in the thigh.
September 26, 2008
I had my 6 week post-op with Dr. Brooks yesterday and everything is going great. He instructed me to get rid of the crutches and start walking. I had a cane ready but he said I shouldn’t need it. I am limping on that side but he gave me an exercise to do (side leg lift) that should get rid of the limp. I am to do low impact exercises like cycle, swim, walk ect…, but I should be careful and don’t over do it for 1 year. He doesn’t want to see me until my one year anniversary.
Dr. Brooks wants his patients to use crutches for the first 6 weeks and only put 70% of their weight on the new BHR hip. Then no running, jumping, skiing or high impact for the first year. He explained that the femora head is weak at the cap and compared it a paper clip. If you keep bending a paperclip back and forth it will snap without warning. The femora head is similar. He talks of one of his first patients that was doing leg press with weights at the 4 month mark without his approval. The head broke and he eventually had to have a THR.
The first 2 weeks of recovery were tougher than expected but everything else from the surgery until today has gone very smoothy. I currently have no pain except when I move my leg in an unusual direction.
October 27, 2008
I am 8 weeks post op and realizing I did the right thing. Walked 2 miles on Sunday and my BHR hip felt more solid than my other hip and it is in pretty good shape. I am using a cane on long walks to keep myself from limping. I was instructed by the Dr. to use crutches for 6 weeks, use a cane only if needed to keep from limping, and no running or jumping for a year. I was able to do light stationary bike after 2 weeks and swim (haven’t gone yet) after 4-6 weeks. I think that was more of an incision healing issue.
I had a spinal and the operation took 1-1/2 hours. They kept me out of it with the IV but I do remember portions of being in the operating room. There was no pain or discomfort.
The first 1-1/2 weeks I ask myself why I did this. Sleeping was rough because I had to lay on my back, and I did not do well on the pain meds. But each day I felt better and stronger.
Going to start low impact martial arts next week and get back on the bicycle before the snow flies. (I am 44).
December 18, 2008
Started doing tai chi last week and holding stances for time to strengthen my legs. New hip feels good for first 1/2 hour then feels a little unstable as it tires. I mainly do chinese form (kata) training and am happy to "get moving again". Getting back to working out should help me shed the extra 10 lbs.
I still get a sharp pain if I take a long stride. Still being careful.
December 23, 2008
I am 4 months out and I am just starting to forget about my hip, I mean walking without thinking about every step. I did about 6 hours of shopping on Saturday and my no-op hip became sore and my new one did not. I hope that is not an indication of surgeries to come.
At 6 weeks Dr. Brooks told me to loose the crutches and start walking and "Don’t Limp". I did use a cane on longer walks for a couple weeks because I felt more stable. So far everything is going great.
May 13, 2010
I am 20 months out and doing very well. There is no swelling and the incision area has filled in. Except for the 8" scar you couldnt tell which leg I had done. Even at this point I still notice improvement. I got my one year clearance from the Dr. in August of last year and went slalom water skiing 1 week later. I was worried I would crash and I would see my leg still sticking out of the waterski when I came up but its still attached.
I am 46 and still do moderate weight lifting 2 times a week to keep tone. I also coach soccer, cycle about once a week, and still do Chinese Martial arts although not like I use to.
My other hip is showing signs of wear on the xrays but it feels good if I don’t overdue it and the above activities do not bother it.
February 28, 2011
I am 2-1/2 years on my left BHR. Skiing last week in PA on icy, cruddy conditions. Caught an edge and went down hard on a patch of solid ice. I landed directly on my hip with all my weight. I ended up with a slight surface bruise but my hip felt fine and I finished skiing that day. I am impressed with how durable the hip is and feel more confident doing other activities.
August 30, 2012
I am 2 weeks late from posting my 4 year update. I am pain free (in that hip) and going strong. Slalom water skied this summer and remain very active. Looking forward to snow skiing this winter. I still get clicking (not the louder clunking) in that hip with certain situations and movements but have gotten use to it. I would recommend this surgery if your hip is going bad and you want to remain active.
My non-opp hip is going to have to be done at sometime. With moderate activity it is tolerable, but after a lot of activity I am limping for a couple of days. When I favor that leg then the other parts begin to hurt like my back and my knee. My Dr. said I will know when it is time. I will not wait as long as I did for the other leg.
Thanks Pat for creating this site.