My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
aKansasGuy

Hiawatha, KS

#489 Jun 11, 2010
So, how are you doing 3 or so years later with this?
Bob
Flo Ochsenfeld wrote:
I had my left hip replacement done on August 21st and my right hip replacement done on October 22nd. I chose to have them done by an amazing new method: anterior hip replacement. I only have a 3" incision on both sides in front right above my thighs and I am doing extremely well. It is less than two weeks since the second hip was done and I can already walk with no cane and I am driving. I had hardly any pain and hardly any restrictions. There is only one doctor on the East Coast that performs this awesome surgery: Dr. Corey Burak in Hawthorne, New York. He is extremely nice and personable and did a fantastic job on my two operations. If you have any questions, let me know.
Helen

AOL

#490 Jun 12, 2010
Susie wrote:
Hi Helen,
Yes, doing much better now, thank you. I went back to Dr. Carter on April 28th (2 wks post-op)to have staples removed and was still using my walker! I had alot of muscle tightness in lower right back and in periformis muscle(my bum!). I was so depressed and feeling like I had gone through all this for nothing. He seemed surprised, assured me we would fix it, and sent me to physical therapy 3X week for 4 weeks. Just went back to him using no walking aides and am really feeling more like my old self. I have finished with P.T. but am doing water aerobics and swimming a couple times a week and feel this is really helping.
Thanks for thinking of me and I hope you are continuing to do well. Keep in touch.
Susie
Hi Susie,
I'm glad that your feeling better and than the PT helped !! Actually I think I should have gone for PT too. I went swimming last Sat. and Sunday and was in the pool about 3 hours each. Ohhhh .. by Sunday night the area between the groin and kneed was throbbing so bad!
I too had that thought about "if I should have had it done" but I know some people in their 30's who've had the regular THR and they are in so much pain they can't even sit down and their surgeries were over 7 months ago. One person is a drummer in a local blues band and they had to cancel concerts because he couldn't sit down!
I called Dr. Carter's office Monday and they told me to start off slow in the pool because it's more exercise than people think. So I'm going to the pool today and not going do has much. They also told me the pool was a very good form of PT
but just not to overdo it at first.
Did you see the article that was in a Hampton Roads Newspaper recently where he operated on a 96 year old woman who was actually one of the first female surgeons
at John Hopkins University?
Keep in touch.
Helen
Kathy

Morristown, TN

#491 Jun 12, 2010
Hi, I am looking for a good doctor in the Morristown, TN area who uses the anterior approach for hip replacement. I am allergic to nickle, so need a joint that is nicle free. I have seen a tv ad for Lakeway Regional Joint Academy, Morristown, Tn.advertising the less invasive approach with little or no PT, so I'm thinking they must mean the Anterior Approach but other than that ad,I don't know of actual cases, I would love to hear from some people who have had the anterior hip replacement procedure done there, and the doctors they recommend.
Sherrie

Hampstead, NH

#492 Jun 16, 2010
I had anterior hip replacement on June 3rd. Dr. Daniel Snyder of Newton, MA has performed hundreds of them. I am on one crutch and going to a cane in a day or two. I will write back in another couple of weeks to let you know how I'm doing. Dr. Snyder told my husband after the surgery that the replacement was "perfect".
Regina

New York, NY

#493 Jun 16, 2010
I am now 6 weeks pos op. I had the anterior approach done on May 6. Went to my mom's surprise 90th birthday party on th 23rd of May. No problem at all. Everyone couldn't believe how well I was doingl I have been up and around walking a mile a day since week 3. No cane in the house since about week 4 and after that no cane at all. Went for my post op visit and was told to do anything at all that I felt like doing. I didn't need any out patient therapy. I swim a few days a week and I think that is why my muscles were strong enough not to need any further therapy. For anyone who is considering this approach, I can't recommend it enough. I can't see why anyone would have it done any other way.
Susie

Colonial Beach, VA

#494 Jun 17, 2010
Hi Helen,
Wow...yeah, I bet you were sore after 3 hours in the pool. Were you swimming the whole time? I used to go to water aerobics so I pretty much do that same routine and then finish with swimming a few laps and then cool down in the deep end just hanging with ankle weights on. My PT said that was good to do at end of routine to help the hips. In all, I'm probably in about an hour at a time.
I do think the water therapy is excellent rehab for the hips and knees. Good to hear from you and I'll keep in touch.

Susie
Helen wrote:
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Hi Susie,
I'm glad that your feeling better and than the PT helped !! Actually I think I should have gone for PT too. I went swimming last Sat. and Sunday and was in the pool about 3 hours each. Ohhhh .. by Sunday night the area between the groin and kneed was throbbing so bad!
I too had that thought about "if I should have had it done" but I know some people in their 30's who've had the regular THR and they are in so much pain they can't even sit down and their surgeries were over 7 months ago. One person is a drummer in a local blues band and they had to cancel concerts because he couldn't sit down!
I called Dr. Carter's office Monday and they told me to start off slow in the pool because it's more exercise than people think. So I'm going to the pool today and not going do has much. They also told me the pool was a very good form of PT
but just not to overdo it at first.
Did you see the article that was in a Hampton Roads Newspaper recently where he operated on a 96 year old woman who was actually one of the first female surgeons
at John Hopkins University?
Keep in touch.
Helen
geraldatwork

Nesconset, NY

#495 Jun 18, 2010
I am post op about 10 months and had lateral entry with my thr. While anterior is better I have had great results. I rode 10 miles on my bicycle 19 days after surgery and 50 miles at about 10 weeks with some pretty steep hills. I was 61 when I had the surgery. For anyone interested I started a blog a few weeks pre-surgery (at the bottom)to share my experience.
http://geraldatwork.blogspot.com/
Marilyn Grand Rapids

Taylor, MI

#496 Jun 22, 2010
Does anone know of a doctor in Michigan (or close to us) that they would recommend. There are no surgeons in Grand Rapids that do this surgery. I was told today by one office that the doctor "prefers" posterior incision. My husband needs to get this done and an information would be appreciated.
Marilyn Grand Rapids

Taylor, MI

#497 Jun 23, 2010
Has anyone had any experience with Paul Drouillard DO in Garden City, MI? We have an appointment in September.
debbieuscl

San Francisco, CA

#498 Jun 25, 2010
I am having anterior hip replacement using the HANA table on Monday June 28th. Dr. Featheringill at Princeton Hospital is the only doctor in the Birmingham are who performs this surgery. I am going to have to have the other hip done in the future. Anyone had both hips done? How long between surgeries and any trouble with length matching up? My main fear is walking with a limp.
suz

Worcester, VT

#499 Jun 27, 2010
Regina wrote:
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Karen,
...I will be having mine on Thursday with Dr. Burak and I am so happy to hear of all the good reports....
I am scheduled with Dr.Burak in early August. Can't wait! Lovely o see all he praise for him.
Regina

New York, NY

#500 Jul 1, 2010
suz wrote:
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I am scheduled with Dr.Burak in early August. Can't wait! Lovely o see all he praise for him.
Suz,

Good luck with your surgery. Dr. Burak is a rally great surgeon and he has a wonderful medical team too. Great care at Phelps Memeorial also. You will up and around in no time.

It will be well worth the trip.
John

Myrtle Beach, SC

#501 Jul 7, 2010
I had my hip replacement 6 months ago. I had my surgery on a Wednesday at 0930 and was walking by 600pm the same day. I was released from the hospital on Friday afternoon. I had 5 physical therapy sessions and followed my excercizes religously. I kept my pain under control and returned to work 4 weeks post surgery. It was the best decision I ever made. I was at a point where I could not walk to my car after work. I am bowling again, playing golf, swimming and doing all the things I could not do before. If my physician ever leaves the area, I will follow him if I ever need the left side replaced - he was fabulous! I had no staples and you can hardly see the incision scar. No more limp, no medications and I feel great! I can only say to those in need of joint replacement DON'T put if off! It is no picnic, but follow the therapy and you will not regret it.
Bruny10467

New York, NY

#502 Jul 9, 2010
Hello everyone, I'm getting THR on the 19 of August and my surgeon will be Dr. Roy Davidovitch at the New York Hospital for Joint Diseases. After consulting 4 surgeons in the New York city area, 3 at The Hospital for Special Surgery and one at Lenox Hill Hospital, I finally found Dr. D on the internet. It is surprising to me that only one doctor in this great BIG city performs the anterior approach. I have been having bilateral hip pain 24/7 for the past 3 years and it is only getting worse every day. I'm really psyched about my upcoming surgery and pray that I can rave about it here after I've had it done. Good luck to everyone. Before I go I'd like to say that not enough information is readily available for people with severe hip pain and have to make due with the traditional way. The anterior approach should be shouted from the tallest buildings and be on TV commercials. The public should be informed as to alternatives in THR surgery.
Dolores

Barrie, Canada

#503 Jul 15, 2010
Judy in Los Angeles wrote:
Has anyone had any experience with Dr. Yun in Santa Monica? He takes insurance, whereas Dr. Matta does not. Although Dr. Matta does give a discount for Medicare patients, it is stilll a significant sum. I'm willing to pay for this out of my own pocket if Dr. Matta is the better surgeon. Anybody?
Thanks.
Hi
Dr. Matta replaced my right hip in October, 2009. I was walking with a walker, cane, and a great deal of pain prior to the surgery. Dr. Matta and his team - and the other staff at St. John's hospital took excellent care of me. I am so pleased with my result. With no restrictions following surgery, I can tie my own shoes once again, garden, dance, play with my grandkids etc. etc. I have my life back. The most difficult part of the entire process was putting on the support stockings which I wore for five weeks post op. I stayed at the Best Western Santa Monica, and the service there was excellent. They knew I was referred to them by the hospital, and they even sent a free shuttle to collect me from the hospital on my discharge day even though the hotel is just across the street. Walking on their roof garden among the beautiful flowers was a delight instead of a hardship during the few days I stayed there after surgery. We left Santa Monica a week after my surgery to drive to the Mesa, Arizona area. No problems. I had some physical therapy in Arizona because I was in such bad shape prior to the surgery. Dr. Matta is really nice, too, as well as obviously being a very skilled surgeon. I am so glad I made the journey to Santa Monica so he could replace my hip. I cannot comment about anyone else.
Happy Hip- No Limits

Sarasota, FL

#504 Jul 20, 2010
Dr Stolarski replaced my hip using the anterior approach and no table. The surgery took 35 minutes and I left the hospital the next day. I was off my walker in 2 days and used the cane for 10. Dr Stolarski is teaching this approach to surgeons nationally and internationally. He has a great pernonality and truly cares for his patients. I am glad I traveled the 3 hours to see him.
Anne from Phoenix

Mesa, AZ

#505 Jul 22, 2010
debbieuscl wrote:
I am having anterior hip replacement using the HANA table on Monday June 28th. Dr. Featheringill at Princeton Hospital is the only doctor in the Birmingham are who performs this surgery. I am going to have to have the other hip done in the future. Anyone had both hips done? How long between surgeries and any trouble with length matching up? My main fear is walking with a limp.
I had mine 6 weeks apart and that was fine. I hope your surgery went well. My advice is to have PT, it really helps, strengthens and loosens up the muscles.
Anne

Mesa, AZ

#506 Jul 22, 2010
Does anyone have indentations in their scars? Mine are 4 inches long and have indentation in the middle. Rubbing with oil and massage has not helped.
Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Anne
Joy

Saratoga Springs, NY

#507 Jul 24, 2010
fessden at excite com wrote:
FYI There are at least 3 Drs. in Massachusetts who perform the Anterior Method. Also, more in the Carolinas and Maine. Let me know if you need help contacting those in New England.
Can you please tell me the surgeons in MA. who use the Hana table for hip replacements?

thanks!
Helen

AOL

#508 Jul 24, 2010
Anne wrote:
Does anyone have indentations in their scars? Mine are 4 inches long and have indentation in the middle. Rubbing with oil and massage has not helped.
Any suggestions?
Thanks,
Anne
Hi Anne,

My scar is about 5 inches and I have a slight indentation. It really doesn't bother me at all. I just got through keeping my 10 year old niece for a week and she put my new hip through all the test's - I think !!
Helen

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