March 29, 2008
I am just 3 weeks post op of
having my right hip resurfaced by Dr. Gross in Columbia, SC. I don’t have any
nightmare stories nor have any bad press for Dr. Gross’s procedure. Actually my
experience has been very good and am recovering rapidly. I am already walking
unassisted around my house with little limp, mainly out of fear, though I still
use the cane when walking laps around my big drive way in the country and have
worked up to over one half mile already. Last week I did experience a deep
“stone bruise” or cramping feeling in my right thight about mid way after over
doing it a bit too soon but that has disappeared completely. In the last two
days I am experiencing a deep pressure feeling directly in my hip joint that
radiates into my right knee upon standing, walking, or positioning my right leg
straight forward (with my toes pointing forward). It is a real tight feeling.
This happened suddenly after I seemed to temporarily forget about my problems
and stepped into my wifes van on the drivers side two days ago with that right
leg first. There was an audible “snap” sound with a slightly odd sensation in my
right hip that caused no pain, but I yelled anyway just in case there was major
discomfort to follow. I immediately felt the feeling of pressure I am describing
even as I drove away in the seated position. When I arrived at my destination
and stepped out of the van I was expecting something horrible to happen but it
didn’t. I only felt the pressure in my right buttock/hip area that radiates into
the lateral side of my right knee. At this moment I am blaming the experience to
a tendon or ligament that might have slipped past the Biomet bearing, or is
trying to position itself. The pressure is worse upon my walking around my drive
way. I would really like to hear from anyone with a similar story that may have
some good news for me! Thank you.
March 30, 2008
My wife and I decided that I
would call the physicians office early this week if the pressure and tightness
persists but it is somewhat better this morning. I feel I am probably overdoing
it. it seems after reading these post op stories is that most of the complaints
and problems are due to patients jumping into exercises or overdoing PT too soon
and with too much intensity. I’m sure I fall right into this group. I’m
returning to work tomorrow so I hope it continues to improve.
I am surprised at some of the exercises that a few of the resurfacing post op
patients are doing and agree with your opinion that walking is probably the best
of exercise/PT choices while allowing the body’s own feedback to be the
barometer on how little or much needs to be done. Dr. Gross also seems to
endorse this philosophy. With that said, mine has been yelling me pretty loud,
so I think I’ll take my own advice and slow down which seems to be difficult for
me because I have spent my entire life pushing myself physically. I’ve also
noticed that other patients like myself have the same or similar active
March 30, 2008
I am almost into my 4th week
post op of having my right hip resurfaced. Golf has been my passion for the past
38 years (since I was 5 years old!) and though I have managed to incorportate
other sports and activities into my lifestyle through the years, golf has
remained my friendly and competitive choice of sport. I am a 4 handicapper and
am quite anxious about turning on that right side when I start swinging a club
again, not to mention firing that hip through impact at some point! Are there
any golfers out there who could offer up some optimistic feedback?
My recovery has been fairly boring other than some pressure and tightness in
that right hip when stepping forward. I am walking unassisted around the house
already but take the cane along when I do my walking exercises for support. I’ve
only had a couple of problems due to over doing my PT (which I think has caused
the pressure and tightness). I did try and take back a wedge from the address
position in our livingroom yesterday but was abruptly stopped at an abriviated
point at the top by severe pressure/tighness accompanied with a good bit of pain
in that hip. I’m definately not ready to swing a club any time soon but would
like to hear from golfers out there on any level about their recovery experience
from hip resurfacing. I thought I would start putting and pitching at the range
in a week or so and hope to swing without too much pain or discomfort in a few
weeks… Am I being overly optimistic? Any input and feedback is much
April 03, 2008
Since this happened to me I
have been improving with each day. I no longer have the pressure or tightness in
that hip and am walking unassisted a mile a day and also started back on my
eliptical trainer this past weekend. No more referred pain in my thigh and knee.
I’m already able to stay on the trainer for 20 minutes at a very deliberate but
steady pace. I truly believe the additional exercise is speeding up my progress,
but I surely would not recommend jumping into this suddenly after resurfacing.
I think you are correct about the trauma of surgery causing the initial problems
in my leg and hip as everything is trying to heal but I think it’s all becoming
further behind me now as the days lapse. I was 3 weeks post op yesterday and am
very excited about the progress.
The only symptom I am having at this point is sharp pain in the hip joint upon
standing after I’ve been seated for a period of time. But after a few steps this
always wears off.
I can even walk normally up stairs now without “slinging” my right leg up to the
next step as I have for the past 6 years! Now that’s exciting!
April 06, 2008
I am now working through my
4th week post op after having my right hip resurfaced by Dr. Gross and also
found it very difficult to sleep flat on my back due to some chronic right side
siatica problems. I was also told this pain had probably been caused by my
favoring the bad right hip for some time. As did Pat, I also found sleeping with
a big pillow between my knees helped, and it allowed me to rotate to my left
side (for temporary periods at first) which took some pressure off of my lower
back. As the days went by I was also eventually able to sleep a little on that
left side and also lay on my stomach some around the end of the second week. Any
position seemed to be better than laying flat on my back.
Also during the first week or so after my surgery I benefited from a large sofa
cushion placed underneath both of my lower legs at the foot of the bed. This not
only elevated my legs to keep the swelling down around the incision but took the
pressure off of my lower back. Lee Webb, RNP, Dr. Gross’s assistant, suggested
this to “keep my toes above my nose” as she put it. It works.
One other thing; I purchased a Zero Gravity Chair and had it placed in front of
the big screen in the den to lounge and sleep during the first couple of weeks.
I still use it today to get my legs to heart level and to take the pressure from
my lower back. I found these chairs in the Cabela’s catalog as Chaise Lounger
chairs but you may be able to purchase one locally as well. To me, the chair has
made my recovery much more tolerable.
By the way… It gets much better very fast! I’m sleeping in any position with
reasonable comfort now other than directly on that right side now at 4 1/2
weeks. I believe the PT (including walking, walking, walking) is the key along
with the normal healing process.
June 3, 2008
I am back to playing full rounds since Dr. Gross placed this
noncemented Biomet onto my right hip on March the 12th of this year. I’m pushing
my clubs on a good Sunmountain cart which rolls smoothly with little resistance
and I’m back to the low 70’s again! And my group thought they would have an
advantage when I returned… I’m not sure what Lee or Dr. Gross would say to my
getting back to this so soon, but I was instructed to allow my hip to guide me
back into playing again. Though my swing is about three quarters the speed and
power of what it used to be, it’s not affecting my scores or the fun I’m having.
Even turning against that right side is okay with no problem whatsoever. I’m
sure that left hip of yours will heal fast allowing you to get your weight
transfered so you can fire through the ball.
As far as any problems I’m having: Only when I over do the walking and/or
elliptical trainer for several days in a row do I get pain in the joint even
after being on my feet for a while. It comes back as that old “pressure” and
sharp feeling pain in the joint but after a few days of down time it goes away.
I’m still afraid of the “fracture factor” or loosening of the device itself, and
taking it easy is very difficult when you’re running on pure excitement most of
the time just because it’s great to be without pain again for the most part. My
wife has to constantly keep me in check with reality as well as having to remind
me of Dr. Gross’s warnings because of my wanting to over do most everything
already. It sure is fun though…