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Discussion: Hip Replacement

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Nov. 22, 2009
Rocko
23 posts
Hip Replacement
I am looking for feed back from ball players who have had either TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT,or have had TOTAL HIP RESURFACING. I would also like to know if any one has the name or how I can get in touch with one of the team Arkansas players who has had this surgery? He was running for other players and hitting bombs for HR's.
Nov. 22, 2009
softball4b
Men's 60
706 posts
Is this Rocko from Windy City?

I have been asked several times over the past year how I was doing and whether my total hip replacement surgery was worth it.

For the record, anyone considering a total hip replacement, should get multiple opinions and then make an informed decision.

Personally, I have never regretted having my surgery. I am 5'10" ish and 275lbs. I was playing competitively 90 days after my surgery in 12/2007. I was not a 100%, but I was doing really well. This season, I played both 50 major and 55 Major+. The first year my HR totals were a little off, but this year I hit as many as I ever have.

Bottom line - If you are thinking about surgery do your due diligence and make sure your surgeon has performed this operation on athletes, makes a difference. I do take one supplement twice a day, but I can say that except on the rare occasion I do not need any pain medication to play in or to recover from a tourney. I do think that big joints are easier to recover from than small joints, but trust me your quality of life will be enhanced.

If you ever see me on the ball field I will be glad to share my experience with you. Good Luck

Mike Adair
softball4b@aol.com

Nov. 22, 2009
Jawood
Men's 50
784 posts
I had hip resurfacing surgery 4 weeks ago, currently in physical therapy. My hip had been bad since '08 but I felt I could play another season in '09 before getting it done because I was "OK" in '08. '09 was way worse. I'm actually glad though that I put it off because I would have had total hip before I learned about hip resurfacing. This procedure is supposed to be better for younger, more active people - it's way less evasive. I agree with softball4b's bottom line advise.
Nov. 23, 2009
Rocko
23 posts
Softball4b yes I play for Windy City,thank you and Jaywood for info. I played, with a lot of pain this summer now that season is over I don't feel as much pain so I start having second thoughts. Rocky Witzman Witzmanr@yahoo.com
Nov. 23, 2009
softball4b
Men's 60
706 posts
Rocko,

I played for Demolition, 3rd on Friday and catcher and 1st on Sunday. Don't hesitate to get the surgery, the medical advancements are amazing and if Obamacare gets approved, you can forget about it for a while. There are days when I absolutely forget that I was ever in pain and trust me that in itself is amazing. Good luck. Different people have different results, but quality of life is unmistakening improved immensely.
Nov. 23, 2009
Bob50
Men's 55
238 posts
Rocky,
Is your neck pain over? Is it somehow related? How bad is your hip?

If you remember I tore my meniscus in 2005 at the winter Nationals in Ft. Myers. The doctor asked if it hurt when I walked. I told him no. He asked if I really needed it fixed then. I told him I play softball and I'm not giving up playing.

The key will probably be the rehab. Try to line up someone to work on the movement you need in order to get back into playing shape.
Nov. 23, 2009
Rocko
23 posts
Bob50 my neck is fine have had no problems for almost two years. I have had shots in my hip and rehab doesn't seem to work.
Nov. 24, 2009
barrym
153 posts
Hey Mike: This is barry from team demolition, hope all is well and i was hoping to play with you next year. What are your plans big guy? ive got to have someone with a belley like me. lol
Nov. 25, 2009
Mr. Manassas
223 posts
Rocko, Good friend of mine had both hips done at the same time two years ago and he is doing fine. Plays for a majot team in Va. and hits the ball well. If you are an outfielder things won't be the same. At least not for my friend. But he is thankful that he does not have any pain.(He is hitting the ball as good as ever.)
Nov. 26, 2009
Rocko
23 posts
Mr.Manassas did your friend, have total hip replacement or hip resurfacing,thank you for input.
Nov. 27, 2009
Mr. Manassas
223 posts
He ahd total hip replaement. He is very thankful that he did it!!!! It did affect his outfield paly but he was also a pitcher and did catch some and play third.
Nov. 28, 2009
weppin
Men's 55
5 posts
Rocko, I had the total hip resurfacing done about 3 months ago. For me, (56 years old, 5'11", 210) it was the best way to go. I played the '09 season (pitcher for Advance Construction) with a lot of pain and limited mobility, but that's all behind me now. Looking forward to a great '10 season...
Nov. 28, 2009
Rocko
23 posts
Thank you weppin for your feedback, I am leaning toward the hip resurfacing. One of players on my team his friend had hip resurfacing and he is playing basketball now.
Nov. 29, 2009
Jawood
Men's 50
784 posts
Weppin, Would like to know how your rehab is going after 3 months. I had my hip resurfacing 5 weeks ago.
Nov. 29, 2009
weppin
Men's 55
5 posts
Jawood, according to my doctor, rehab is right on (ahead of) schedule. I played the last 2 weeks of the fall softball season (Walnut Creek, CA), but I didn't try running - doc said not to do anything strenuous for 3 months to let the bone grow around the prosthesis.

I have to say that at first my leg muscles were sore, and had atrophied due to me favoring the hip for 6 months because of the the pain. (Never again will I pass judgement on anyone who complains about being in constant pain, because that was me).

Since the surgery, I have been taking long, early morning walks, as well as riding a stationary bike. I returned to work 2 weeks after surgery (working general contractor). Sitting in the hot tub also has been helpful.

I started swinging a bat last week (in the garage), and the hip rotation has returned - something I didn't have last season.

I do have days where the muscles around the hip are still sore, but that is probably a good thing, since the hip itself is pain-free. Dr. says it will probably be a few more months before all the leg muscles get back to normal.

This whole hip thing started for me a few years ago when I (pitcher for The Crew) took a shot up the middle that knocked me on my ass (hip) - and yes I caught it. Didn't know it then, but I had a hairline fracture in the hip joint. Then the arthritis set in...

This past year on 2 different occasions, I took shots up the middle (again, caught 'em both) that broke 2 different fingers on my glove hand. I'm guessing that there are a lot of pitcher injuries that go unreported - then again, I don't know anyone who keeps track of these types of injuries.

I'd be interested in hearing if there are other pitchers out there that have been injured - and haven't reported it to anyone. Probably a lot more injuries than anyone could imagine...

Thanks,

Bill Eppinga
Advance Construction



Nov. 29, 2009
Jawood
Men's 50
784 posts
Thanks a lot for your update. I was swinging a bat (very slowly) in my garage this weekend and realized it's going to be a while until I can swing(rotate) well enough to make the ball go anywhere. I've had arthritis pain for a long time that would come and go until about 2 years ago it became constant. If we ever play your team, I will tell my guys no middle shots! Kidding, we don't shoot the middle anyway!
Dec. 2, 2009
the wood
1071 posts
Jawood & Weppin:
Both of you have doctors that felt that you were too young for total replacement. My Dr, a hip specialist, said the same thing and, in lieu of surgery, he sent me to PT. The emphasis is on range of motion, both with the joint and the surrounding muscles. I also took one of those web site (Zimmer.com) tests and it also suggested that I am not a surgery candidate just yet. Yes, I have pain and limitations but not as much as most people... i.e. it doesn't prevent me from sleeping. As has been stated, hip maladies have a very wide spectrum of severity.
I've been going to PT for 2-3 weeks now and I can already feel some benefits. If this avenue doesn't fly for me I'll be somewhat ahead of the rehab schedule and will probably have the minimally invasive version (anterior full replacement).
I am curious though... once you've completed your 3 months of rehab, in what level of activities will you be able to participate?
I'm told that a THR is usually expected to last only 15 years based upon today's technology and procedures... hence your Drs suggesting the re-surfacing. BTW, I'm also told that it is a smaller percentage of folks that actually do go to post surgical PT. This blows my mind but it hasn't been a 'walk in the park' thus far and a lot of folks would prefer to avoid it.
I would appreciate your responses.
Thanks,
BW
Dec. 2, 2009
weppin
Men's 55
5 posts
BW,
I will be going in for my 3 month post-op check up next week, so I'll know more then. But at my 6 week check up, my doc (Kaiser specialist in Oakland) asked me not to jog, run, or do other similar movements that might prevent (or loosen) the bone from growing around the new ball and joint.
Like you, I did a lot of leg strengthening exercises before my surgery, which shortened my post-op PT to 2 visits before I "graduated".

And I put off my surgery for as long as I could, until I reached the point of not being able to sleep. so I'm thankful to be past all that.

My doc also says that by having the total hip resurfacing, I can still have a THR if/when I ever need one.

Good luck... keep us posted on your course of action.

Bill

Dec. 2, 2009
the wood
1071 posts
Bill, please do let me know when you can resume full duties (in terms of months)... and if there will be any restrictions.
For the record, my PT is more about range of motion than strengthening. They twist and stretch me in all sorts of ways, few of which I'd be willing to do myself. I had no idea of how many ways your legs/feet move within the control of your hip... they are just movements that I took for granted.
Thanks,
BW
Dec. 3, 2009
Rocko
23 posts
Wood I haven't player ball for about a month now so at night I have been almost pain free. I have some pain if I am on my feet all day but it is not as bad as this summer playing ball. I am schedule to have surgery in January ,but I am having second thoughts. The doctor told me the pain will most likely not go away. Not sure what to do I am 55 years old and still planning on playing ball.
Dec. 3, 2009
the wood
1071 posts
Rocko:
If the surgery does not mitigate your pain, what will you be gaining? Range of motion?
From what you've said, what I've read here and what I've learned elsewhere, here is how I look at it.
You're 55 so THR will theoretically take you to age 70... hey, that's pretty young to run out of options. Here is the progressive scale...
1) no surgery - just PT.
2) potential arhtroscopic surgery if your hip issue is a bone spur or two.
3) hip re-surfacing.
4) THR.
Go on the Zimmer web site and navigate around until you find the quiz (left hand margin). BTW, this is for more than just hip surgeries. Zimmer makes the prostethic devices for hips, knees, etc. You can also look at the surgical process... this put it into a more clear perspective for me.
The thing is, once the THR is done, the femur (thigh bone) has been compromised... it isn't likely to grow back.
Softball4B stated this early on... sit down with your doctor and thoroughly discuss all of your options FIRST. Know where you need to enter the 4 point scale, how long the rehab will be, what you can/can't do after it's completed and certainly know what you expect to gain by whichever step you take.
I've had the same orthopedist for 10 years and I really like the guy. But he isn't s hip surgeon yet he recommended that I have THR. I then went to a specialist, one who does lots of hips each year, and he said that I really 'don't need to do it just yet'. He said that I ought to get as much wear from my 'native hip' as possible before a THR. I see him next week to determine if we do another round of PT or look further down the scale.
Rocko, if you're not sure, get a second opinion. Take two aspirin and call me next week...
Zimmer web site = www.zimmer.com
:-)
BW
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