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Discussion: Just had complete hip replacement.

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June 30, 2013
Hit the gap
Men's 70
154 posts
Just had complete hip replacement.
I quit playing senior softball about 2 years ago. Just too painful. Monday I had a complete hip replacement done by Dr. Jimmy Chow in Phoenix AZ. If you or anyone you know need hip or knee replacement, this is the only Doc I would call. He is one of only 10 docs in the US that does it using the Super Path method. It's as non-invasive as you can get. They come in at the side of your upper thigh right at the hip joint. No cutting of muscle, ligaments, tendons, nerves and the like. I used a walker to help me get around for 2 days. I have been walking on my own since Thursday. No limp, no pain, normal gait. It's astounding. I was actually able to get in about 4 hours mall therapy shopping with my wife yesterday. Onward and upward.

Fred Taylor
July 1, 2013
Men's 65
4549 posts
I know one player at least that has gone through this replacement and is back to playing ball. But don't forget there are many unknowns to conquer for complete recovery. He is a ball player and keeps at it but even after 3 years or so, not back to where it once was. But he still plays.
Hang in there and do the PT.
July 1, 2013
Men's 60
1058 posts
Total Hip Replacement 12/2007.

I never was fast, but I am not much slower.

Played in a tourney 90 days after surgery. Best quality of life decision I ever made except of course for marrying my wife...
July 1, 2013
the wood
Men's 65
1123 posts
I had both hips replaced via the 'lateral minimally invasive' procedure. The first was 2 1/2 yrs ago and the second one was a year later. Neither hip causes me any pain today but it does take a long time to regain leg strength and mobility. This may be more about the 'time wasted' than a by product of the surgeries.
I do know a guy that had the 'thru the groin' procedure and he said that the post-surgical precautions are much less than what I had.
I'm able to play as I did before but I still don't run as well as I'd like... but not due to pain.
I'm sure that you'll rehab as vigorously as possible. Hope to see you out there again.
July 2, 2013
Hit the gap
Men's 70
154 posts
I had mine done robotically. I have no restrictions except for lifting anything over 50 lbs. Due to the limited range of motion that a bad hip has, the muscles associated with the hip and lower back also lose range of motion and flexibility. They also atrophy. The PT that I have been given is all about regaining strength and flexibility in the hip flexor, buttocks, upper thigh and lower back. I've also got to work on my core area.
July 3, 2013
1 posts
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.
July 4, 2013
154 posts
My wife had it done at Ballard Orthopedics in Sesttle, Dr Phil Downer. 45 minutes process. She was up and walking with assistance within 3 hours. Walked up stairs the next day and went home. Same procedure, anterior method. No muscles are cut. I can't say enough good things about it.
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