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July 3, 2013
RonnieT
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just had complete hip replacement.

I had totalhip, right side, anterior process by Dr. Shah, Slocum Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Injury Center in Eugene, OR last October. I'll be 66 next month. I walked out of the hospital 2 days after surgery, been playing racquetball since February, ski both snow and water, ride my mountain bike all over. I'm an outfielder and it's been almost ten months and I can just about run full out and sprint like I used to. Haven't returned to soccer yet although I practice a couple of times a week. I'm at about 90-95% recovered. Shah put in a 44 centimeter ceramic ball on a titanium post driven,uncemented, into the femur. A titanium cup with a thin, hard plastic shim is screwed into the hip socket.I have no pain in my hip or low back following the surgery. Shah was super and my physical therapist has been phenomenal,working with me twice a week for the first 3 months, once a week for the next six and moving to bi-weekly this month and continuing through the first year. Physical conditioning is extremely important for rehab but I don't think there will be anything I won't be able to do once I'm at 100%. I've been playing softball since May and gradually getting my wheels back.

I researched extensively prior to the surgery and opted for the full hip rather than the resurfacing, which has been the replacement method of choice for most athletes up until about a year or two ago. More and more problems with resurfacing due to metal ion leakage. Shah told me he does more replacements converting resurfacing patients to total-hip than first-time hip replacements. Almost all resurfacing requires posterior rather than anterior methods, severing muscles in the process, extending the recovery period. It has been the choice of athletes mostly because a larger ball can by used, creating a stronger joint. But recent advances now allow a ball almost as large without having the metal-on-metal disadvantage. Many hospitals won't even allow resurfacing at their facilities due to the potential liability issues.

Anyone considering a hip replacement should do the research, select an experienced surgeon and a sports oriented physical therapist, and then get on with it. It's a game changer if your suffering from severe hipjoint pain.
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