In early 2014 I couldn't walk without limping, everything I did was a chore. I went from being someone who ran 10 miles on Saturdays for fun, and hiked several times a month, to being dropped off out front of the store, because I couldn't walk through the parking lot. I had to give up everything physical that I loved like hiking, yoga, running and walking on the beach. When I went to Disneyland with my family that summer I was in a wheelchair, because I simply couldn't walk all day without terrible pain and limping.
It came to my attention back in 1999. I used to play a lot of tennis and run about 30 miles a week back then. From time to time, the pain in my right hip was starting to get sharp and hot. An orthodepic specialist examined my x-rays and told me that I had the beginnings of osteo arthritis in my right hip.
My name is Thomas Marchese a 42 year old Physical Therapist from Brightwaters New York. I was very active, participating in adult ice hockey, skiing, surfing and, mountain biking, prior to that all familiar "groin" pain that never seemed to be alleviated with stretching or R.I.C.E . In 2006 while skating at my local pond I got my skate caught in a rut when trying to stop quickly, felt a pop and had two really painful nights. I recall looking back thinking this is when my left labrum was significantly torn. After seeing an orthopedist specializing in hip arthroscopy I was informed that I had femroacetabular impingements of both hips with the left labral tear in need of repair.
Well, I came home from a three-day stay at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica yesterday afternoon, rain pouring all the way. I am feeling great right now (had my pain meds an hour ago) and am thrilled at my progress so far. I can now proudly add the surgery date and surgeon's name to my signature below. Some of you had voiced apprehensions about Dr. Andrew Yun being too inexperienced in the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure since he hasn't done hundreds of BHR surgeries; but I went with my orthopedist's high recommendation, what I learned about him, and my personal impression.
About 4 years ago, I noticed a tightness in my right groin. I was still playing soccer at that time, and thought I had tweaked my groin running. About a year later, it was still bothering me, so I went to my OS, who took x-rays, and then informed me that at some point in the next 3-8 years, I would need a total hip replacement, as I had osteoarthritis going on in my right hip. It all depended on how hard I used my hip during that time. Having been a very active guy for all my 53 years, I was pretty shocked that someone my age could be looking at what I thought would be a huge curtailment of activities that I enjoyed very much. I pretty much ignored the diagnosis for the next 3 years, and continued to do what I had previously done-skiing, running, racquetball, windsurfing, coaching my son's soccer team, etc
Hello All, I do believe that annual reports are valuable, so here is mine. During my first summer in San Franciso (1972) I fell in love with backpacking in the Sierra. Almost every summer I took at least one and often two week-long trips, always seeking new terrain. I had great ambitions for taking more-frequent trips upon retirement. But upon retirement, and for the five years before my surgery, I found backpacking too painful. I could take long day hikes and climb tall mountains by "soldiering through" the pain and/or by using Aleve. But the extra weight of a backpack was just too much for me.
The last few weeks have been a bit of an odyssey, so I thought I should take a moment or two to chronicle my thoughts. Even though the odyssey has only started, it feels good to get my thoughts down while they remain fresh. For the last several months I have been limping. I noticed an ache in my left groin and have felt stiffer than usual. Trouble lifting my left leg over the top tube on my bike, and tighter playing tennis. Not easy to cross my legs. Haven't felt like running for months. Thought it was a pulled groin muscle, and like all pulls, it would get better with time. It didn't stop me from climbing 17 miles up the back of Half Dome or playing 5 hours of soccer. But the aching continued. And the limp worsened.
I'm a 43-year old, relatively active male with 4 children ranging in age from 10 down to 2. As to my history, I was diagnosed with a slipped epiphysis of my right hip around 1980, and had it pinned by Dr. Eduardo Salvati at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York ("HSS"). After recovery, I thought little of the surgery and played football, basketball and baseball in high school, and basketball in college, and continued playing basketball several times a week until about 2001, at which time I was diagnosed with arthritis in my hips (more so in the left but evident in both).
During my first surgery Dr Clarke found my bone softer than normal, and this necessitated me being touchdown weight bearing for six weeks. That is, I could only lightly touch my toe down on the right side on every step. This definitely delayed my rehab progress.
I am a 43 year old male who had hip resurfacing surgery on June 11, 2008 (at age 42) with Dr. Thomas Gross and Lee Webb, RN in Columbia, South Carolina. Up front I have to say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made!
This whole things has been such a mystery - the whole idea of my volunteering to walk into a hospital for surgery! - for me that I thought I'd share my experiences with those who had equal trepidations. For the rest of you, well you've been through it all now, haven't you?
My name is Bob Palmer, 45, years old, I had RHR on July 7, 2007. After over a year of limping, no running, and over 3 years of back pain, while all along believing I had a "back" injury, I am finally pain free. My diagnosis was found by accident in December of 2006, during an MRI of my lumber spine. The physician who read my MRI contacted me by telephone and told me that my MRI "wet reading" showed no signs of herniation of the spine, however I had a hip issue that he thought needed to be looked at by my orthopedic. After a follow-up and another MRI of my right hip, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis of my right hip. In January of '07 I joined surface hippy after being on another hip site to learn about hip replacement. I met a woman named Vicky Marlow who spent the next month educating me on the differences of Hip replacement and Hip resurfacing. I remember Vicky explaining to me that I needed to go see a specialist and that she gave me 3 or 4 physicians that understood resurfacing and had done enough surgeries to be considered qualified at what needed to be done. I remember Vicky saying to me, "Bob, once they amputate the femoral neck you do not get it back!" "You need to go to one of the experienced physicians to see if you are a candidate for resurfacing." Vicky Marlow laid it all the line to me!