11 Year Update 3/15/2017
My BHR is 11 years old today. It is a gift I received from Dr. De Smet from Belgium 11 years ago. I remember the surgery day as if it were yesterday – the day I was out of pain. I have been out of pain and active since then. Never had a problem and just don’t think about my hip. I am 72 now and hoping to live until I am 100 with the same BHR in my left hip! I never regret the day I flew to Belgium to have surgery and would do it again, in a heartbeat. Although we have wonderful, experienced surgeons in the US now, Dr. De Smet is one of the most experienced surgeons in the world.
Hip resurfacing has changed since 2006. The BHR is no longer suggested for women and small men. It is still an excellent device for most active men. There are other devices available for women and small men in the US and overseas. Hip resurfacing is still a great option for women, small men and active men. In the hands of experienced surgeons, hip resurfacing results are very good for women and men. Hip resurfacing is an excellent solution for good candidates to return to the sports and activities they love.
I started the http://surfacehippy.info website is 2005 to share information about hip resurfacing with people interested in an alternative to a THR that had no restrictions. So many people that had hip resurfacing had successful stories about their surgeries and recoveries that I wanted to share those with the world.
My hip resurfacing is still going strong and the website is still growing and very active. I feel very blessed to have learned about hip resurfacing, received a BHR and provided a website for others to learn.
Patricia’s Original Story Below
I had my left hip resurfaced with Dr. De Smet on 3/15/06. That was a turning point in my life. I was 61 years old and been living in pain from my left hip for almost ten years. I had spent about 3 months learning about hip resurfacing and reading email posts from the surfacehippy Yahoo group . I decided that hip resurfacing with Dr. De Smet would be the answer to my hip pain.
I had a wonderful time in Belgium with my husband and many new hippy friends. My surgery was a piece of cake and only took 2 1/2 days away from my wonderful vacation in Gent. The Jan Palfijn Hospital was as good as any US hospital that I have been in. The staff all spoke some English and were most attentive. I explained that I did not want to feel any pain, that I did not want to remember anything that happened and I did not want to be nauseated after surgery. The great staff of doctors and nurses listened to my wishes and they were all granted. I had a very uneventful surgery. I can hardly remember anything from the night before when I took a sleeping pill to the day after surgery when I first started to be awake.
I even had the bonus of receiving a heart echogram from the wonderful heart doctor that heard a heart murmur from my heart. He felt I would be fine to have surgery, but wanted me to get it tested when I got home to the US. I told him that I did not have health insurance. He explained it would be about $900 in the US, but he would do it for me for $50 while I was at Jan Palfijn. What a bargain! I found out I have some calcification on my aorta valve, but it was normal for a person my age. I should not have any problems for another 20 years or more. That was good news and I felt it a gift to receive it for a sum of $50 instead of $900.
I am currently 5 years post op and doing great. I don’t know any other way to explain the adventure, but as amazing. I had no bruising or swelling and very little pain. I ended up only taking a few Ibuprofen after surgery since their medicines were making my stomach upset. My unused muscles were very stiff and sore, but that is to be expected since they have not been used much for ten years.
At this point all I can say is “Thank You” to Dr. De Smet for giving me a pain-free hip and my life back!
Pat and Dr. De Smet
PT with Mark
Doing Steps with Mark
My Roommate Ineke