My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
bruny10467

Rahway, NJ

#551 Aug 23, 2010
Just had my left hip anteriorly replaced by Dr. Davidovich at the NYH for Joint Diseases. The surgery was done on Thursday the 19th and I came home this past Saturday. I've had no hip pain only the discomfort from the swelling of my thigh. I had some stiffness after I walked and climed the PT stairs on Friday but that has gove away already. I'm already looking forward to my right hip replacement. I can't tell if my leg is longer than the other one but if it is, it will get evened out when my right hip is done. On a scale of 1-10 my pain is a big fat 0.
Joy

Saratoga Springs, NY

#552 Aug 23, 2010
bruny10467 wrote:
Just had my left hip anteriorly replaced by Dr. Davidovich at the NYH for Joint Diseases. The surgery was done on Thursday the 19th and I came home this past Saturday. I've had no hip pain only the discomfort from the swelling of my thigh. I had some stiffness after I walked and climed the PT stairs on Friday but that has gove away already. I'm already looking forward to my right hip replacement. I can't tell if my leg is longer than the other one but if it is, it will get evened out when my right hip is done. On a scale of 1-10 my pain is a big fat 0.
WOW! That is so great. Dr. Davidovitch e-mailed me that he's done 200 athas - Dr. Burak said he's done 750. They are both supposed to be excellent from what I've read. What type of implant did you have? I've read about grinding, squeaking noises, and implants that have been recalled - kind of scary stuff!
bruny10467

Rahway, NJ

#553 Aug 23, 2010
The recalled implants are not being used. There is another forum here where they have a major lawsuit going. Dr. D gave me a stryker ceramic head with a metal cup lined with poly. Should last 20 years or more, keeping my fingers crossed. Where is Dr. Burak located at?
Mona Barrocas

Newark, NJ

#554 Aug 23, 2010
Joy,
You need to have confidence in your surgeon and he will pick the right type of replacement for you. I have a combination of plastic, metal and titanium (I think). Although I went to Dr. Burak's office for a full explanation before the surgery I decided he knew best and would pick the right one for me. As far as recalls, all companies have some recalls......the surgeon would not use one that has been recalled.
Sounds to me that you are driving yourself crazy about this decision. No one was more frightened than I was (never had surgery before) and here I am running around with no pain in the operated hip. My other hip is "wore" as Dr. Burak said just last week. He put me on Mobic to help the pain and try to put off the surgery for a while.
Good luck, make a decision and you will be pain free!
Mona Barrocas

Newark, NJ

#555 Aug 23, 2010
Dr. Burak is in Hawthorne, NY (Weschester County)
Jim - Amelia Island

Mankato, MN

#556 Aug 24, 2010
Has anyone had experience with Dr. Ed Whelan, Savannah, GA who uses anterior with hana table?
New Hip Question

AOL

#557 Aug 25, 2010
Katuska wrote:
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I can only guess if you haven't been exercising much since the surgery your leg is getting accustomed to moving those muscles again. At first I thought you were talking about the other leg. After very successful anterior replacement of my right hip end of May, my left hip is really acting up now (arthritis) with the type of pain you describe. I have scheduled my surgery for Oct--the Dr's first available opening. If your pain doesn't get better I'd return to the doctor and ask about some physical therapy.
Hi,
Thanks so much !! I think it is the lack of activity last winter and I'm just going to have to build muscle in that area. I saw my surgeon this month and he has me doing certain stretches and I will probably have to have more intense PT soon since I only had a couple of weeks of light PT after surgery. Then I'll have to build muscle there where it's tender. It doesn't hurt all the time but just a throbbing here and there. Usually when I go to bed. When I'm up walking around it doesn't hurt but it does feel stiff. Good luck with yours !!
thanks again !
Janet in Hampton VA

Newport News, VA

#558 Aug 25, 2010
What does the jiffy hip look like? I can't find a picture of it anywhere. I am 63 and have had terrible hip pain this year. Last year it started with lower back pain, but this year the groin pain has been bad and I feel swollen on the right. I am seeing Dr. Higgins in Hampton who says my left hip is actually worse than my right, but has agreed the right one can be first because of the pain issue. I have had other surgeries and I am such a real wuss about having my skin cut. The tissue pain is terrible for me. The other pain can't be any worse than the pain I already feel everyday.
Linds

Hickory, NC

#559 Aug 30, 2010
I had the anterior hip replacement 4 weeks ago and have recovered beautifully. Back to work and driving in 3 weeks. But I see others talking about pain free and I am still quite sore after 4. Do need to take pain pills about once a day. Is this normal, or do I need to go back to Dr. My next appt. is 9/13.
bgindfw

Houston, TX

#560 Sep 1, 2010
Does anybody have feedback on surgeons who perform the anterior THR in Texas?
Kristina

United States

#561 Sep 1, 2010
bgindfw wrote:
Does anybody have feedback on surgeons who perform the anterior THR in Texas?
. Matthew Heinrich, orthopedic specialists of austin. He did my left hip 4 months ago, really excellent surgeon. I'm really happy with my outcome.
Marcia Palos Park IL

United States

#562 Sep 2, 2010
Janet in Hampton VA wrote:
What does the jiffy hip look like? I can't find a picture of it anywhere. I am 63 and have had terrible hip pain this year. Last year it started with lower back pain, but this year the groin pain has been bad and I feel swollen on the right. I am seeing Dr. Higgins in Hampton who says my left hip is actually worse than my right, but has agreed the right one can be first because of the pain issue. I have had other surgeries and I am such a real wuss about having my skin cut. The tissue pain is terrible for me. The other pain can't be any worse than the pain I already feel everyday.
Janet, I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to find a picture of. I believe "Jiffy Hip" is just another way of referring to the anterior hip surgery method with the Hana table. The actual hip implant used would vary from patient to patient.
suz

West Wardsboro, VT

#563 Sep 2, 2010
I just got back from my pre-surgery physical exams etc at Phelps hosp. Dr. Corey Burak is doing my surgery Friday Sep 10th. I can't wait. Everyone was so nice - couldn't have been nicer. I live in VT and met another woman there who had her hips replaced by him there, both at the same time - she drives a school bus and was back to work driving the bus in less than two weeks! She was there with her elderly mother who is also going to have hip replacements the same morning as I am and she is also from VT! I feel so positive - can't wait!
Joy

Saratoga Springs, NY

#564 Sep 3, 2010
suz wrote:
I just got back from my pre-surgery physical exams etc at Phelps hosp. Dr. Corey Burak is doing my surgery Friday Sep 10th. I can't wait. Everyone was so nice - couldn't have been nicer. I live in VT and met another woman there who had her hips replaced by him there, both at the same time - she drives a school bus and was back to work driving the bus in less than two weeks! She was there with her elderly mother who is also going to have hip replacements the same morning as I am and she is also from VT! I feel so positive - can't wait!
May I ask how long you had to wait for a consult and then for the surgery itself? I have decided to take the plunge and go see Dr. Burak - it's almost 3 hours away, but no one around me does this special approach. I am worried about the ride home, as I can't make it that long without a bathroom stop or two! Best of luck with your operation!!
Mona Barrocas

Newark, NJ

#565 Sep 3, 2010
Joy,

I see that you have decided to go see Dr. Burak. You will love him. He is young, personable and will make you feel relaxed. I live very close to the hospital so if you need some support while here please don't hesitate to ask me. Good Luck!
Robin

Lexington Park, MD

#566 Sep 4, 2010
Does anyone have experience with anterior approach without the Hana table? Or have experience with Dr. Hartley in Northern VA. I am having modified anterior; the incision will be diagonal because they have to remove the pins that were there from the failed attempt to fix my hip fracture back in May. I tried to find someone to do full anterior approach but because of their long wait times and the deteriorating condition of my hip I need to move forward quickly.
Joy

Saratoga Springs, NY

#567 Sep 4, 2010
Mona Barrocas wrote:
Joy,
I see that you have decided to go see Dr. Burak. You will love him. He is young, personable and will make you feel relaxed. I live very close to the hospital so if you need some support while here please don't hesitate to ask me. Good Luck!
Mona,
Yes, I am going to call for a consult appt. next week with Dr. Burak. Driving isn't comfortable, but I just want the best surgeon I can get and am willing to travel. None of the orthos around here do the anterior approach, at least not with the table. I am in the process of getting my records and x-rays sent from the Worcester, MA surgeon. I wish I hadn't left everything with him, but I thought he was "the one." Turns out he doesn't do anterior, but posterolateral - though he told me it would only be a 4" incision and a quick recovery. I'm getting excited to think my pain my be gone by Christmas or at least within the next several months. My leg hurts all the time now and is getting worse. Thanks for your kind offer. This forum has helped me so much and helped me find Dr. Burak.
Mona Barrocas

Newark, NJ

#568 Sep 5, 2010
Joy,
Don't worry about getting the x-rays. Dr. Burak will want to take his own x-rays so he can put markers on them.
Hurry and call Dr. Burak. He is going on vacation the first couple of weeks in January. I may have to have my other hip done some time before the end of the year too. You will be soooooooo happy. Wakig up from surgery with no pain is amazing. And there is no pain while recovering. I hardly had to take any pain meds.
Good luck and let me know when you have your appointment with Dr. Burak. Tell him you blogged with me when you see him.
myron weintraub

Vancouver, WA

#569 Sep 5, 2010
To Mona and Joy:

I have not posted in over a year, and was just reading the whole list of posts. I saw Corey Burak in June for my 2nd year examination after surgery. Everything is A-1 and he told me that I do not have to see him for 3 years. I have recommended him to at least 2 other "candidates" for hip replacement. So far one has used him with great results. By the way I was back playing tennis in February of 2009, after having the surgery December 1, 2008
Mona Barrocas

Newark, NJ

#570 Sep 5, 2010
Myron
Nice!!!!!! I am also doing just fine. Only 4 months after surgery and I am feeling great. Although I need to have the other hip done the operated one feels just like new with no pain at all (only a little nerve sensitivity)

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