July 21, 2018 – Back on the Mats, my hip resurfacing story
Last week was the 10 year anniversary on my left hip, and this week I hit the 2 month mark on the right.
All the old timers on here have heard my story too many times, so they can feel free to skip this, but for any newbies on the site, here is my story.
I am a sports instructor year round, teaching high level skiing all day every day all winter, and teaching windsurfing during the summers, with lots of surfing and tennis thrown in. Dr Gross said at the time that … Read the rest
Lori had her first hip resurfacing with a BHR withDr. Rector in 2011. Her original story is here. When she needed her other hip resurfaced, BHRs were no longer available for women. So she went to Dr. Gross for a Biomet hip resurfacing.
September 19, 2015
I am 8 days post op of Dr gross. My surgery was Friday. I flew home on Sunday.I wore a calf length skirt tulip style, Regular undies And a Calvin t shirt. I used wheelchair assistance and took two planes, not the best day of my life, but also not the worst.
September 25, … Read the rest
February 16, 2016
Just hit me that today marks five years with my resurfaced hip.
The results have been nothing short of spectacular. Thanks to Pat for hosting this board and the others that chime in with support and feedback as others consider resurfacing or are on the recovery path.
The psychological benefits of being pain free are something that I completely underestimated. I don’t think I was fully aware of the impact that the pain had caused over the years as I tried to push off the resurfacing as long as possible.
I know its cliche, but I can’t … Read the rest
February 7, 2016
I have been a less frequent visitor to this site – mostly because my hip is no longer a problem and I am busy enjoying life!
I had my left hip resurfaced by Dr. Gross back in February of 2011.
My story – condensed version. My hip began to *barely* hurt in my late 20s / early 30s. It was a nuisance but not a problem. By my mid 30s it was clearly a problem and I had to stop a lot of activites I enjoyed, but I just dealt with it … Read the rest
Research & Decision Making
1. Do all the reading and research you can, comparing physical conditions that warrant THR (total hip replacement) as opposed to hip resurfacing.
2. Make a “Pros and Cons” chart, listing everything you’ve tried to date and the results. Then list other options (surgical or otherwise) and pros and cons of each. Sometimes seeing it in writing makes you see things you missed before.
3. Research as extensively the physicians you’re considering. There’s no shortage of orthopedic surgeons around. There is a shortage of highly qualified ones who have extensive experience at hip resurfacing. Be sure … Read the rest
January 9, 2015
We’re now home in Dallas after a Biomet hip resurfacing with Dr Gross. It was an uneventful surgery and Dr Gross is expecting a “normal” recovery after which I will have no restrictions.
The pre-surgery appointment was incredibly enlightening. He blames most failed resurfacings on mal-placement of the acetabular cup. I know we’re all familiar with the problems associated with “edge loading” the components. We discussed all of the issues that I had, and before we were done, I was 100% certain that I’d made the right choice in choosing him.
I woke up in recovery pain … Read the rest
June 19, 2015
Thanks to all the people who’ve contributed to Surface Hippy. Here’s my experience. I’m a 56 year old man, and I’m scheduled to have bilateral resurfacing with Dr Gross June 22 and June 24, next week. I flew to Columbia 2 days ago, and had my preoperative appointments yesterday. I’m staying at the Courtyard by Marriott, which is right next to Providence Hospital where the surgeries will take place. Everyone has been very nice and I feel well taken care of. Yesterday, I met Nancy, Dr Gross’ office nurse, Lee, Dr Gross’ nurse practioner, Dr Gross, and … Read the rest
I am almost exactly two years out on my right hip resurface and one year out on the left and all is beyond well!
Running regularly; I did a 6.4 mile leg of a marathon relay 2 weeks ago (somehow got all the hills, even though I was the oldest on the team … hmmm) and did that in 55 minutes with no issues except pouring rain Felt great.… Read the rest