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Exercises recommended following your Birmingham Hip Resurfacing PDF Print E-mail

McMinn Centre Physio Brian demonstrates the exercises recommended following your Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, Mid Head Resection or Large Headed Total Hip Replacement operation.

*NOTE: These exercises are NOT suitable for patients who have had small headed total.

Thanks to the McMinn Centre and Derek McMinn

How Fast Will I Recover? PDF Print E-mail

Everyone Recovers at a Different Rate

As my very good friend Alan Ray always says,
“Remember, this is not a race, you have already won, you are now pain free.”

I believe that as patients we tend to have a selective memory when it comes to reading other patients post op stories. We read the super hero recoveries and secretly believe we will be one of them, remembering ONLY the really phenomenal recoveries. I know I did and was extremely disappointed that I was not out running a marathon at three months post op.

Some of the top Doctors share their typical post op re-hab protocols here.and below. 

I honestly do believe most of us have selective memory and only choose to remember the superstar recoveries. I think the reality is that the majority of patients do recover on the slower side which in fact is more the average side. Many that believe their recoveries are slower choose not to post, thinking they will discourage others from having the surgery. This is MAJOR surgery; we all seem to forget that. If you ever watched one of the videos of a live surgery, you would realize that a lot of trauma goes on during the procedure. With all that happens, our bodies need time to heal.  Plus this surgery gives us all a 'chance' at our full active lives back.  Our rehab and recovery is up to us.  The surgeon did his/her job, now it is up to you to relearn how to walk again.... correctly .   Do your PT exercises religiously as well as your PT walks but without overdoing it.
Protocol tips by Patient and Radiologist Michael Broder, M.D. PDF Print E-mail

Posted on SH on November 18, 2011

1. Use common sense.

A. The main risk of microfracturing is related to excercises, machines, and activity which cause sudden impact (various excercise machines, jogging, running, certain sports activities).

B. Excessive weight lifting. no problem with a 20 lb child after a few weeks.  You may need some help before that.

C. Sudden changes in direction which apply twisting forces.

2. Driving short distances even at 2-3 weeks should be ok but.  Get out & stand to avoid pulmonary emboli even if you are a passenger if traveling more than 1-2 hours.

3. There is soft tissue healing as well. Pay attention. If it hurts, don't keep "pushing through". That pain is your body's way of telling you to stop to avoid tearing healing tissue.

Level One PT Exercises PDF Print E-mail
by Greg Booth of Neurosport
(Please check with your surgeon prior to starting any exercise program)

This exercise program is for an individual who has received hip resurfacing surgery.  Many patients who have received this surgery require individualized training and exercise program development. It is the goal of this program to give the patient general information regarding appropriate exercises to do in relation to the number of days since they received their surgery. 

The following exercise program is divided into three post-operative phases: Level One, Level Two and Level Three.  These exercises may overlap from one phase to another and a patient might have to go back to the preceding phase if they are experiencing increased pain.   
Level Two PT Exercises PDF Print E-mail

by Greg Booth of Neurosport
(Please check with your surgeon prior to starting any exercise program)

The Level Two exercises are generally for patients who have had their surgery approximately 6 to 8 weeks ago and have been cleared for hip flexion past 90 degrees by their doctor.  These exercises have more of a strengthening and aggressive stretching emphasis; however, increasing function of the hip is still the primary goal.   It would be a good idea to perform some of the mobility exercises in the Level One section before and after attempting these Level Two exercises.  Again, do these exercises slowly and stop if you have any unexpected pain in your hip or low back.  

PT for Returning to Golf PDF Print E-mail

For all of you avid golfers out there, here is a great comprehensive PT program put together my one of our own surface hippies that is also a Certified Physical Therapist. 

To download this PDF file for a great PT program specifically designed for returning to Golf by Peter Schultz of Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy click below.

Return to Golf

Stretches for Hip Resurfacing Patients Post op PDF Print E-mail

by Duncan Rinehart

Duncan was resurfaced by Dr. Vijay Bose in May 2008.  He developed these stretches to help him regain balance and fine muscle control.  He completed a sprint triathlon in the U.S. the end of July, just a couple of months after his hip resurfacing and in October he did a 10k in Casablanca in 56 minutes with no problems.

The Birmingham Bible PDF Print E-mail

Everything that You Wanted to Know About Birmingham Hip Resurfacing But Forgot To Ask

The below was written by an Australian patient in 2001, for years this has been around on the web as written by Author Unknown.  I just found out today, June 18, 2005 that the author is also a top Hip Resurfacing surgeon in Australia, David Young.

There is a lot of good info in it, but please keep in mind that everything can vary depending on the doctor you choose.  One thing that really stands out is the number of days in the hospital, what is listed here is true for many overseas hospitals but not so much for U.S. hospitals. Keep in mind that your situation will vary. This is not to replace medical advice, just a guideline written by a fellow patient.

Evelyne's Water Exercises from the Villa Cento Passi PDF Print E-mail

WARNING:  Please ask your doctor PRIOR to getting into any pool following major surgery, most surgeons require that your wound is fully healed.  Listen to your surgeon's advice.

Evelyne's advise is to be careful in the pool because it is much easier to exercise in water than on land. Use common sense...if it hurts don't do it...and again, ALWAYS clear it with your own surgeon first prior to getting into a pool following surgery.

For a waterproof bandage post op, Dr.DeSmet uses Suprasorb F made by Lohmann-Rauscher (a German Co.). Tegaderm by 3M Co. may be a suitable alternative, but check with your surgeon. If you are pre-op, then of course you can still do these exercises and not worry about any wound or bandage.

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