(Written on 4-5-2007, nine months after Rt. BHR surgery)
“The Journey: After three years of pain, discomfort and limited activity, I couldn’t imagine that I would once again feel like a teenager and sometimes act like one. Without pain and with a new full range of motion, I continually feel like running, jumping, walking at a rapid pace and simply staying in motion. Having been deprived of motion and then having motion restored, one has a new sense of vitality, youth and an eagerness to jump and shout for joy.
Since the operation, just over nine months ago, not only has my physical ability returned, but my stress and mental state has improved immensely. I now join in on all family and social activities with renewed interest and heightened participation. Above all, being able to interact with the young and old with a friendly smile and a “Yes, I will join you,” makes the operation even more satisfying.
“Knock on wood:” Over the nine months, no pain, full range of motion and follow up x-rays that look like the equipment was meant to be a part of the hip all along.
Why so successful? Primarily a great doctor and team. Also, being in shape before the operation I am sure is partially responsible, but having immediate access to well trained professionals during the rehab was the second biggest factor after Dr. Rogerson’s team. The hospital staff for the first two days was outstanding, and the HipHab rehab staff the next three days was integral to a speedy and full recovery.
I feel the water exercises were essential. Being able to work on full range of motion exercises in the water without weight bearing restrictions was key to rebuilding the proper muscle and flexibility. Having continued to exercise and stretch three times per week, I have almost recovered full strength in the affected leg and hip along with as much flexibility as a youngster. Although my scores have not changed, I returned to golf six months after the operation with no swing restrictions. I returned to casual biking within one month of the operation and full unassisted walking within 3 1/2 weeks. I did not return to racquetball only as a guard against damaging my other hip or risking such things as rotator cuff. The delay in returning to golf I believe has been a huge factor in my full recovery. The extra time to rebuild muscle versus tearing it down seems to have made a significant difference.
Any surprises? That more people don’t have it done. Having heard stories related to operations, I was uncertain of what to expect. Having gone through the operation, I would highly recommend it. When I see others walking with a limp or in pain, I can’t help but offer sympathy and a, “You have to talk with John and his team.” The care and sincerity of John and his team are simply the best.
Reaction of family and friends: Can’t believe the difference. Great physical improvement, and a positive outlook and a bounce in my step; all have commented on it.”
– R.D. Boschulte Madison, Wisconsin