November 19, 2016 UPDATE – my left hip’s second birthday!
All is still well. I suspect the scar will always feel a bit strange but the joint itself is great and gives no concern despite all the use it gets, which includes 46 5km races, one 10km race and bike rides up to 55 miles in the last 12 months. It has also been subjected to a fair amount of walking, rock climbing/bouldering and gym workouts without complaining. So far, so good!
The only things restricting activity nowadays are my remaining natural hip and old … Read the rest
…At the beginning of 2014, I underwent the hip resurfacing surgery. True to Dr. Su’s words, I returned to fencing a year after the surgery. Remarkably, a year and a half after my surgery, I won two medals at the 2015 World Championship: bronze in the individual and silver in the team competition. In 2016 I won the Russian National Championship, and the team gold at the European Championships. My highlight of 2016 was my qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio for both the individual and team competitions. I placed 9th in the … Read the rest
One Year Update
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I am just over one year removed from right hip resurfacing surgery (BHR) performed by Dr. Anton Plakseychuk at UPMC Magee in Pittsburgh, PA. I have been hesitant to report, because it has only been a year, but the results have been so dramatic, that I feel the need to let others know, that at least some of us have been able to return to an active lifestyle and in my case, perhaps better than I was before…
…Starting in late September (11 months post-surgery) and for the next two months, I would run four … Read the rest
The short version is that everything is going well. I am running every other day up to 10K. My paces are getting faster. I swim four times a week and my strokes feel more natural and fluid, including the undulation of breaststroke and fly. I walk, lift, bend, jump, leap, do all the things a person does in every day life without a thought about my hips. There are still niggles and weaknesses and I do warn security of my metal hips when I go through a metal detector.
The long version is that my … Read the rest
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November 8, 2016 – One year and a few days later
I flew to SC for my one year check up with Dr Gross. No problems, just wanted him and Lee to look at my X-rays and manipulate my hips. Well, and I wanted to take a victory lap, show them how well I was doing and then go celebrate.
The X-rays looked great and Lee was excited by my range of motion, strength, and the fact I am back to running again. Dr Gross came in to answer a few questions and give me … Read the rest
About Me: I’m 64, short (5′ 5″), and active/athletic (cross-training 6 days/week, including yoga). I used to be a runner, mountain biker, rock climber, and skier, but hip and back conditions gradually limited my primary activities to hiking and backpacking, which are the most important to me anyway.
My Long-Developing Hip Condition: My condition apparently resulted from a minor, previously undiagnosed deformity of the pelvis, with symptoms appearing late and developing over a very long period of time, so that I adapted to it and delayed surgery for many years, until absolutely necessary. And this long-developing condition ended up resulting … Read the rest