Hi Everyone, I waited for a few days before sharing my experience. I had a RBHR by Dr. Peter Brooks on Dec 5th at Euclid Hospital-Cleveland Clinic. I was very anxious before surgery thinking of course of all the potential complications.
I came home to Tallmadge, Ohio (about 40 miles from Hospital) on Sat afternoon. I was able to complete the tests they want you to do for discharge. These were mostly demonstrating crutch mobility. Sat night was very painful and I attribute that to much activity just getting home and being under medicated.
The first few days were non descript, a lot of snoozing, some exercises, noticed a lot of bruising, swelling and new pains from the healing process. My spouse has been able to assist me with just about anything I have needed. The Lovenox shots are not too bad to administer. My last one will be on Tuesday then aspirin for a month. On Tuesday, 6th day post op, I felt like I had a break through day. My appetite returned, and I felt a little stronger. Now each day brings incremental strength and stamina. I want to do more stairs in order to build up my stamina. In Ohio now we are experiencing winter blizzards so walking outside are out of the question right now. I will return to Kent State University Recreation and Wellness Center after the first of the year to begin rehab in the pool.
I will keep you posted on my progress and any individual inquiries welcome at listed email address. I go in this Tuesday to have my 28 staples removed and have a 2nd follow-up ultrasound done on legs for clot presence.
The 6 week check up was in Mid January. Dr. Brooks suggested only one exercise other than the normal exercise I do…Walking, elliptical, and swimming. These exercises were lying on the non operated side and raising the operated leg, 3 sets a day 30 reps each set. These are tough exercises if done slow. I was sore at first from doing these but was probably doing too much with other exercises.
I didn’t use crutches or a cane after that date only just a few times on snowy and icy conditions.
I have experienced bouts of insomnia and back pain that has slowly subsided over the now 10 weeks since surgery.
It was suggested to me that I do some stretching in bed in the morning before I even get out of bed. This has helped the lower back feel better and made getting out of bed easier first thing in the morning.
I am now approaching the 11th week and walked 2.21 miles this am. The sleeping is more normal now, but I feel the back pain if I do too much. I hope to get to 5-6 miles by April.
Dr. Brooks will see you after one year where all restrictions will be lifted. Up until one year, no running, jumping, or lifting over 50 lbs. are the restrictions. Use good judgment in normal exercise and don’t overdue it. Your body will tell you without hesitation when you have done too much.
Initially, Dr. Peter Brooks was recommended to me by my daughter who is a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, I then sought out patients of Dr Brooks through this website and made personal contact with a few. I am very satisfied with the outcome and experience. Prior to contacting Dr. Brooks I did meet with a friend, who had a hip resurfacing with Dr Goldberg at University Hospitals in Cleveland. This was part of the FDA trial for the Wright Co. implant. His was done almost 4 years ago and he is doing fine and playing basketball several times a week.
GALE GAULT, Retired Chief of Police and Safety Director, 60 YOA MALE, TALLMADGE OHIO US