February 17, 2010
Dr. Della Valle resurfaced my right hip on 12/18/09. Tomorrow will be 2
months and I feel great. I can put my socks on, tie my shoes and even clip my
toe nails. I would think he has way more than 100 by now as he is in great
demand. I had to wait 6 weeks to see him and another 2 months for the surgery.
He was just appointed to the hip society and is a professor at the University of
Illinois Medical Center at Rush.
March 28, 2010
I started out with 30lb dumbells 2 weeks after surgery doing overhead press.
I would grab them off the DB rack so I didn’t have to bend over. I then went to
light bench press at about 4 weeks being careful not to use leg drive during the
press. I also did various upper body machines just to keep active. At 8 weeks
during a doctor visit he advised not doing any lower body with weights, machine
or free weights. He said deep knee bends and band work that the PT showed me
were okay. My flexibility is pretty good now where my operated side is already
better than at pre surgery. No problem at all clipping toe nails and putting on
socks and shoes. Judging by the way I can go deep with bodyweight squat squats
with weights shouldn’t be a problem when the time comes. I might not be able to
go as heavy as I once could but I’ll take whatever I can handle.
April 13, 2010
Just got back from the 4 month checkup. The doc said no running or squatting
until the 1 yr mark which will be when I see him next. He said the bone needs
this time to heal completely. I guess it will be bench only for awhile.
December 23, 2010
Got the doc ok to lift heavy. Today I squatted 225x8x3sets and deadlifted
225x5x3sets and am feeling it already. Before the resurfacing I was able to
squat 500 and DL 450. I will take it slow and see how it goes.
April 3, 2011
I have done 2 powerlifting meets since getting the okay to lift heavy. The
last meet on March 5th I did a 365lb squat, 308 bench and 385 deadlift. After
today’s workout I actually think I might be able to hit my pre surgery pr’s of
451 squat and 441 deadlift. Time will tell and I’m taking it slow.
I lift in the 198lb class usually weighing 195 at 5′ 10", pretty skinny for a
powerlifter…lol. I lift for fun and never come close to what others lift. I
entered my first meet at 50 yrs old and turn 56 in June.
December 3, 2011
385 squat, 303 bench and 441 dead lift today! Didn’t get the 400 squat I
wanted, twice missing it on depth but was very happy with the dead lift.
March 12, 2011
Did another meet last Saturday 3/10. 420 squat, over 400 for the first time
since the resurface. 452 dead lift, had 463 above the knees but couldn’t lock it
out. Hips are a little tight now but overall not too bad.
September 8, 2012
My 3 yr check up is due in December and I will tell the doc how its going.
Wednesday I dead lifted 395 for 5 reps and today squatted 400 for 1. I have
chatted with Ed Coan who is considered the greatest power lifter of all time and
he is up to 700 in the squat. Ed had a total hip done in Norway about 18 months
ago. I squatted heavy up until the night before my surgery wanting to make sure
the surrounding muscle was strong to help in recovery. At 57 my dead lift is
stronger now then before the resurface.
February 8, 2013
3 year anniversary was 12/18/12 and couldn’t get a appointment until
yesterday with Dr. Della Valle at Rush in Chicago. He said everything looks
good. I’m lifting, swimming, walking and golfing without problems. I hope this
keeps up for a long time.
March 2, 2013
Did another meet today. Squatted 415, benched 325 and had a personal best
463 in the deadlift. My back is sore but the hip feels fine.