Well, after watching this board on and off over the last four painful years, I finally had my right hip resurfed by Dr. Gross on Sept. 5, 2007. I want to tell everyone that my pre-op and OR experience were beyond belief. I used to be an RN and I have never seen a team of medical providers so compassionate and just plain nice.
We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott in the parking lot of the hospital. Being the first case of the day we thought it would be easier. Two or three minutes after arriving they came to take me back. My pre-op nurse handed me a cup of water and several pills. Surprising since I was told to have no liquids past midnight. Apparently Dr. Gross has his patients take a cocktail of meds to head off pain and nausea post-op. It was Celebrex, Lyrica (for nerve pain), Zantac, and a Scopalamine patch behind my ear to prevent nausea. My nurse numbed my hand first before she would insert the IV.
Then things got busy. I marked the hip for surgery with a Sharpie. I met
my lead OR nurse and saw Lee Webb. The FANTASTIC doc from anesthesia arrived and also a lady from a blood company. She was there to remove 51cc of blood. This blood gets separated into plasma rich and plasma poor blood (I think, I was unaware of this procedure. She explained that the rich blood gets mixed into the cap to promote bone growth. I think and the poor blood gets sprayed in the incision during closure to promote healing. My hip was uncemented, not sure if they do that on everyone.My nurse was then back with “good drugs for my IV” and I started to doze
for a moment. I was awake on and off during surgery and have never been so comfortable in my life. Lots of talking going on but I was very relaxed. I was awake right away in Recovery. No pain at all. They took an x-ray and I was actually bored waiting to go to my room.
Therapy had me walking the halls within a couple of hours. My nurse Lynn
was resurfed by Dr. Gross several years ago. The food was not so great but I need to lose weight anyway.
I should have put this in a blog somewhere, hope it’s not too boring. My
only regret thus far is going home the first post-op day, that’s a little rough. I just wanted let other people know how wonderful the actual surgical experience can be. BTW-Lee Webb did a beautiful job on my incision. No bruising, no staples, four inches. I know many people here have the jitters before surgery but I felt that I couldn’t have had a better team. So far things are good, hope the clunking goes away, it’s only been 5 days.
R Bio uncemented 9/5/07
L Bio to be done 10/10/07