Now for my little surgery story: I had severe OA in my left hip, but held on to
my own joint over 20 years hoping it would go away or technology would improve.
I used a lot of alternative and western medicine therapies and the orthopods
that looked at my x-rays were impressed that I was still as active as I was. But
this June after a surfing trip the pain never relented, and I ended up with a
bad limp and a cane, and knew the time had come.
I have now done about 185 resurfacings for AVN
cases over a 5 year period with many patients crossing the 4 yrs
mark. It is interesting to note there has not been a collapse or
fracture neck of femur even in a single patient.
It is wrong to think that the AVN continues forever in the
femoral head. AVN is a one time event in which a strikingly
similar sector of necrosis occurs in most femoral heads ( anteo
supero lateral part) due to blockage of presumably the same
vessel in all patients. This sets off a series
Mr. McMinn: The evidence
from a DEXA study on BHR patients published from
Japan is that the bone density in the proximal
femur returns to normal 1 year after operation.
The at-risk period for femoral neck fracture
following the BHR is in the 6 months after
surgery. I advise patients not to return to
impact sport for 1 year after surgery. For those
patients who want to road run, I get them
running on a treadmill at 10 months post-op and
they resume road running at 12 months post-op.
My unit published on activity level after
resurfacing some years
I’m starting this blog 19 days after enjoying Birmingham hip
resurfacing. My goal is to record my experience with this procedure, including
my decision to go ahead, my concerns and questions, and finally my still-ongoing
journey through the procedure and its aftermath. I imagine that this will be an
intensely boring and uninteresting story for almost anyone, anyone except those
aching souls who find themselves with a sore hip and the dawning realization
that they need to