My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
beachlover2

Talladega, AL

#204 Jun 24, 2009
pmo wrote:
how did your hip surgery and recovery go? Did you like dr. and hospital?
I, too, am considering this type of hip replacement in Alabama. Thanks for any info.
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I did have the surgery on Feb. 14, 2008. It went great and I can't say enough good things about Dr. Featheringill and Princeton Hospital in Birmingham. I am dancing again and walking without pain. I feel good as new!
pyro5

Dallas, TX

#205 Jun 29, 2009
I live in Fort Worth Tx and am interested in the anterior approach. I can't really find anyone that does it. Some doctors do a procedure called MIS with, I believe two small incisions but no special table. Please tell me if the anterior approach is only one version of MIS. Also can anyone recommend a surgeon in this part of the country. It is very hard to get reliable information here. Thanks.
Angela M

United States

#206 Jul 1, 2009
Beth wrote:
I am going to see Dr. Yearsimides - I have read a lot of good things about him. It is a 5 hour drive for me, so that is a bit of a concern, but I am very interested in having him do the surgery. From having it done, do you think you could have traveled that far after you were released from the hospital?
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Hi, Beth,

When I left the hospital, my hip ached, but it wasn't excrutiating. The hip is stable when you leave the hospital. I live an hour from the hospital and I didn't notice any additional pain during or after the car ride home. I wouldn't think a 5 hour car ride would be miserable for you as long as you ride in a comfortable vehicle.
Good luck!

Angela
pyro5

United States

#207 Jul 9, 2009
Does anyone have any experience with Doctor Steven Sanders in Irving Texas. He is listed on the Biomet web site. It is very hard to find any good information on Doctors in the DFW area. Please let me know if anyone has any recomendations.
Hippy Chick

Merrimac, MA

#208 Jul 12, 2009
Hi everyone,
I just had my total left hip replaced via the minimally invasive anterior approach June 29th in MA. The surgery went great; although, I had expected that I would be a much greater super star at recovery than I am by reading all the posts(I am 38 yrs old and small framed). It's thirteen days since my surgery and I have been on just regular tylenol for pain for a week. I am still on a cane however, and need it. My leg is still pretty weak when it comes to lifting it, my groin hurts when bending the leg and if I take the cane away, I limp big time. Has anyone experienced a slightly slower recovery but the outcome overall was fantastic?

I appreciate any insight into if anyone else actually experienced pain in the first couple of weeks?

Thanks so much!
morty

Picton, Canada

#209 Jul 13, 2009
Hippy Chick wrote:
Hi everyone,
I just had my total left hip replaced via the minimally invasive anterior approach June 29th in MA. The surgery went great; although, I had expected that I would be a much greater super star at recovery than I am by reading all the posts(I am 38 yrs old and small framed). It's thirteen days since my surgery and I have been on just regular tylenol for pain for a week. I am still on a cane however, and need it. My leg is still pretty weak when it comes to lifting it, my groin hurts when bending the leg and if I take the cane away, I limp big time. Has anyone experienced a slightly slower recovery but the outcome overall was fantastic?
I appreciate any insight into if anyone else actually experienced pain in the first couple of weeks?
Thanks so much!
greetings hippy,

to begin with, dont pay too much attention to the postings on this website. yes, they can be helpful, especially in offering inspiration and encouragement.

at the same time, everybody is different and there is no such thing as a one-prognosis-fits-all.

the simple truth -- though you may not want to hear it -- is that you will heal in accordance with your own mind-body'

in other words, try (though it's not always easy) to take one day at a time; to pay attention to what is taking place in your own mind/body; to do all you can to assist in your recovery and leave the rest to whomever/whatever.

i guess what i'm trying to say is this: treat your recovery not simply as a physical process, but as a spiritual journey as well, an opportu nity to get to know hippychick on a slightly different level.

on a more practical note: it sounds to me (ie,

someone who had a thr 13 weeks ago) as though you are doing great'

really.

just try to let go (as mucgh as possible) of the expectations, and i'm confident that whatever the outcome -- and there really is no outcome -- you'll be happy as a lark.

have a great day.

morty
Angela M

United States

#210 Jul 13, 2009
Hippy Chick wrote:
Hi everyone,
I just had my total left hip replaced via the minimally invasive anterior approach June 29th in MA. The surgery went great; although, I had expected that I would be a much greater super star at recovery than I am by reading all the posts(I am 38 yrs old and small framed). It's thirteen days since my surgery and I have been on just regular tylenol for pain for a week. I am still on a cane however, and need it. My leg is still pretty weak when it comes to lifting it, my groin hurts when bending the leg and if I take the cane away, I limp big time. Has anyone experienced a slightly slower recovery but the outcome overall was fantastic?
I appreciate any insight into if anyone else actually experienced pain in the first couple of weeks?
Thanks so much!
Hi, Hippy Chick,

I'm 36 years old and had a left total hip replacement on April 16. I felt like my recovery progressed slower than most. It really bummed me out. Especially when I saw much older, heavier, out of shape people progressing much more quickly than me. At my 2 week check-up, I ran into a 50-something woman who had surgery the same day as me. She had already been shopping at the mall and gone bowling!!! I had yet to leave the house, was still taking pain meds and using a cane!

I attribute my slow recovery to a couple of things: 1 - prior to surgery, I was on bedrest for 3 months due to a high risk pregnancy. I delivered a healthy baby in January and had the hip surgery 10 weeks later. So, I went into surgery pretty weak; 2 - my left hip socket required serious reconstruction just so it could hold the implant; 3 - my right hip needs to be replaced as well (surgery scheduled for ths Thursday, July 16) and it is actually the weaker leg. So, I was recovering the new replacement hip on the weak leg and 4 - I went into surgery with a shorter left leg. About 3/4" shorter than the right. After surgery, the left leg was 1/2" longer than the right. So, I was limping the opposite direction which caused problems with my balance, as well as, created back, muscle, ligament/tendon pain.

So, long story short, I believe everyone recovers at their own pace depending on their own unique circumstances. If your hip replacement was less than straightforward, it may take you a little bit longer than "average". Hang in there! Your new hip should get better and stronger each day!

Angela
Hippy Chick

Merrimac, MA

#211 Jul 13, 2009
Thank you very much the words of encouragement - I am in awe of how much you have pushed through in such a short amount of time Angela. I know healing is taking place and that I am making great progress. I just needed to know that pain and weakness within two weeks of surgery is "somewhat" to or can be expected. Let you know how week three feels :-)
pyro5

United States

#212 Jul 14, 2009
"Does anyone have any experience with Doctor Steven Sanders in Irving Texas. He is listed on the Biomet web site."
I received a call from his office and none of the surgeons in this practice on the Biomet site are actually performing the procedure. Evidently they are trained but have not actually started the procedures. Now I am thinking about going from Fort Worth where I live to Houston. Some one recomended a Dr. Stefan Kreuzer. Anyone know anything about him. I still have not had anyone recommend anyone in my DFW area. Surely it is not this hard to find Doctors with a positive history with this procedure.
pyro5

United States

#213 Jul 14, 2009
For some reason this keeps listing me in Denver. That is not correct. I am in Fort Worth Tx.
JHB

United States

#214 Jul 18, 2009
Can anyone recommend a surgeon in Louisiana or Texas who performs hip replacement surgery using the Anterior Approach using the Hana table?
Beth

Chattanooga, TN

#215 Jul 19, 2009
I had my hip replacement with Dr. Yerasimidies in Louisville on July 8 and was able to travel 5 hours home to Chattanooga on July 12. For the trip home I sat in the back seat of the car on pillows and was very comfortable except for a bit of motion sickness. At this point (11 days after surgery) I still carry a cane "just in case" but can walk without assistance. Let me say that I think Dr. Yerasimidies is awesome and appreciate the great care I had at the Audubon Hospital in Louisville. The only complaint that I have at this point is a lot of pain still in the outer part of my shin. Has anyone else experienced this and is the "normal"? Thanks to all of you for your encouragement - I am so glad I chose an anterior replacememnt!
pyro5

Denver, CO

#216 Jul 20, 2009
Does anyone have any experience with this doctor.

http://www.texashipsurgery.com/meet-stefan.ht...
Kim in Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA

#217 Jul 20, 2009
Hi Beth,

I, also, was up and walking without a cane within a couple of weeks. But I, also, had a LOT of pain all the way down my lower leg, particularly down my shin. I wondered if it would ever go away, but it did, gradually. I think your pain will go away gradually as well. I iced my lower leg every time I iced my hip (about 4x/day for several weeks. I'm not sure it helped, but it didn't hurt it!
Kim in Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA

#218 Jul 20, 2009
I am about 3 1/2 months post anterior hip replacement surgery. I had a lot of pain in my groin before the hip replacement, which I expected to vanish after having my hip replaced, but I still have pain in my groin area. Has anyone else experienced this? I don't know if it is from weak muscles or if something was overlooked during the surgery (a tear somewhere that didn't get cleaned up, etc.). An others with groin pain that can comment on this?
JHB

United States

#219 Jul 20, 2009
Has anyone had any experience with Dr. Cambize Shahrdar, Shreveport, Louisiana or Dr. Bryan G. Frentz, Lafayette, Louisiana?
Beth

Chattanooga, TN

#220 Jul 21, 2009
Kim thank you for your reply - that is very very encouraging! I found something interesting that helped with the shin pain - I started doing some extra heel raises (standing on tiptoes) when my shin starts to ache, and it is releasing some of the pain. My PT came yesterday and he said that he thinks it may be from the correction to my leg that the new hip provides. My feet tended to turn out when I walk - the new hip has much better placement - my left foot is much straighter YAY!- so he thinks my muscles are adapting to the change.
Kim in Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA

#221 Jul 21, 2009
Beth,

I know that the PT has helped me, too. Keep at it and I really do think you will find the shin pain subsiding little by little. It may take a couple of months, so be patient!
Angela M

United States

#222 Jul 21, 2009
Beth wrote:
I had my hip replacement with Dr. Yerasimidies in Louisville on July 8 and was able to travel 5 hours home to Chattanooga on July 12. For the trip home I sat in the back seat of the car on pillows and was very comfortable except for a bit of motion sickness. At this point (11 days after surgery) I still carry a cane "just in case" but can walk without assistance. Let me say that I think Dr. Yerasimidies is awesome and appreciate the great care I had at the Audubon Hospital in Louisville. The only complaint that I have at this point is a lot of pain still in the outer part of my shin. Has anyone else experienced this and is the "normal"? Thanks to all of you for your encouragement - I am so glad I chose an anterior replacememnt!
Beth - I'm so glad your surgery went well and your trip home was pain free!! I just got home from my right hip replacement with Dr. Y yesterday! He replaced my left hip in April. So far, the hip is awesome. After the second day post-op, I no longer needed pain meds. I needed it for about 2 1/2 weeks with my first hip replacement. Already using a cane...and that's mostly for my hubby's peace of mind. So, I am thrilled!

Unfortunately, I am dealing with a moderate spinal headache due to the spinal I received prior to surgery. I'm not happy about that especially since I requested the femoral block I had the first time around. The anesthesiologist I got this time would only do a spinal and the guy I had last time wasn't on duty. I have to lie flat and really hydrate..especially with caffeine. Otherwise, I get a killer headache and severely nauseated. It should clear up in the next few days. Keeping my fingers crossed because I'm excited to get up and use my new hips!!!
sam svetkey

Foxboro, MA

#223 Jul 29, 2009
I have had two hips replaced in the past 6 years... the first in 2003 was done
posterior and my most recent surgery was performed on april 16th of this year... totally different recoveries. the anterior method is so much better and faster... i was walking and driving after only two weeks.. and I was playing 18 holes of golf 5 weeks after my procedure.... It's great!

I have one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the country in Dr. Daniel Snyder who can be found at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass. He's top notch..state of the art..... good luck to all

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