My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
Chris

Huntersville, NC

#654 Oct 17, 2010
BBJ wrote:
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Hey Chris! I am waiting for SS Disability to get my new hip and I really want to go the anterior route. I have heard of Dr Masonis and am going to try to get an appt with him. My right hip is going also. I asked my one dr if they can do both at once and he said no. I see you have had both. Did you have someone at home with you 24 hours? BBJ
BBJ: Yes, my husband was home with me, although he could go out when he needed. I also had physical therapy done 3 times a week at home. I was not suppose to go out for 4 weeks except to Church or doctor appointments. A nurse came to the house 2 times a week to check the cumadim levels also. I really felt no pain and did my pt at least twice a day. I walked with no limp and I think that had to do with not having a "good" leg to depend on. Dr. Masonis was great, a long wait for an appointment and then I had 4 months to wait for the surgery, but it was worth it. If you need both hips done and are in good shape it is the way to go. Good Luck and let me know how things go.
dee

Great Neck, NY

#655 Oct 23, 2010
Angel wrote:
Can someone give me feedback if they have had experience with a anterior hip replacement done by Dr Roy Davidovitch? Any information, positive or negative would be appreicated.
I am 7 weeks post op.It was perfect. I was walking with walker in the recovery room,driving in 3 weeks. No pain. I highly recommend Dr.D(we call him Dr.Delicious) I waited way too long because I was so afraid. THis surgery is like a miracle. I can't say enought good things about my experience.
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#656 Oct 24, 2010
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.
What are the restrictions after the surgery? Is anyone eligible?
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#657 Oct 24, 2010
What are the restrictions afterwards? Is anyone eligible? I am in a lot of pain and have feared the regular hip replacement.
Leaning Tower of Lisa

Scottsdale, AZ

#658 Oct 24, 2010
Judy from Suffern wrote:
What are the restrictions afterwards? Is anyone eligible? I am in a lot of pain and have feared the regular hip replacement.
Hey Judy - There are practically ZERO restrictions afterward with the Anterior approach. I am actually having my replacement this coming Wednesday, Oct 27th at 10 a.m. I will update everyone as to how it goes as soon as I am able to. There are a few restrictions as to who may be able to have it done but not many that I'm aware of - mostly it's up to your surgeon. My case was particularly difficult - nobody wanted to take it because I have existing hardware from the origianl car accident years ago. But I did find a really good doctor. Send me a note back here on the forum if you'd like and I will send you my email address. There are some really good videos available of the procedure, and frankly the best one I've found is not really bloody at all (if that kind of thing bothers you) but is very informative and quite helpful. It was helpful to me at least. I need the visual. Get recommendations from people on here about surgeons in your area then do your homework. Check on the surgeon's record, check the facility record and find the right one for you. Do you know for sure you need a replacemnt? If not but you are in pain, may I suggest you ask a doctor about cortisone. They gave me a joint full a while back and I got immediate relief. That is only a temporary fix, but in my case was fantastic. Good luck and keep us posted!
Mona Barrocas

Newark, NJ

#659 Oct 24, 2010
Judy from Suffern.......I am Mona from New City who recently moved to Westchester. Dr. Corey Burak did BOTH my hips. The first one done in April and I am now home recuperating from the second one done 4 weeks ago. Everyone is a candidate and no one was more frightened than me. Any questions please just ask. Who love to help and make it easy for you.
Mona Barrocas

Newark, NJ

#660 Oct 24, 2010
By the way......there are no restrictions after surgery.
(Error in my last posting)- Should read Would love to help......
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#661 Oct 26, 2010
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.
How much does Dr. Burak charge for the procedure?
Dolores

Barrie, Canada

#662 Oct 27, 2010
Judy from Suffern wrote:
What are the restrictions afterwards? Is anyone eligible? I am in a lot of pain and have feared the regular hip replacement.
Hi. I had an anterior hip replacement a year ago. I am delighted with my result. About a 3.5 in incision, well-healed. Full mobility. No pain. One week after surgery, we drove from California to Arizona without difficulty.(My husband drove.) I had physical therapy which helped a lot because I had been using a cane and walker with much pain for a long time prior to surgery. I think it's really important to follow the physical therapy instructions given by the surgeon. I appreciate his skill and care every day.
Joy

Saratoga Springs, NY

#663 Oct 28, 2010
Dolores wrote:
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Hi. I had an anterior hip replacement a year ago. I am delighted with my result. About a 3.5 in incision, well-healed. Full mobility. No pain. One week after surgery, we drove from California to Arizona without difficulty.(My husband drove.) I had physical therapy which helped a lot because I had been using a cane and walker with much pain for a long time prior to surgery. I think it's really important to follow the physical therapy instructions given by the surgeon. I appreciate his skill and care every day.
I am interested to know if anyone on this blog has had an anterior THR NOT using a special HANA table. The closest doc who uses the table is in New Hampshire, but I know nothing about him. Another doc much closer does the anterior without the table, but the incision is more like 6" instead of smaller. I'd appreciate input from anyone with knowledge about the procedure without the table.
David

Anderson, SC

#664 Oct 28, 2010
Leaning Tower of Lisa wrote:
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Hey Judy - There are practically ZERO restrictions afterward with the Anterior approach. I am actually having my replacement this coming Wednesday, Oct 27th at 10 a.m. I will update everyone as to how it goes as soon as I am able to. There are a few restrictions as to who may be able to have it done but not many that I'm aware of - mostly it's up to your surgeon. My case was particularly difficult - nobody wanted to take it because I have existing hardware from the origianl car accident years ago. But I did find a really good doctor. Send me a note back here on the forum if you'd like and I will send you my email address. There are some really good videos available of the procedure, and frankly the best one I've found is not really bloody at all (if that kind of thing bothers you) but is very informative and quite helpful. It was helpful to me at least. I need the visual. Get recommendations from people on here about surgeons in your area then do your homework. Check on the surgeon's record, check the facility record and find the right one for you. Do you know for sure you need a replacemnt? If not but you are in pain, may I suggest you ask a doctor about cortisone. They gave me a joint full a while back and I got immediate relief. That is only a temporary fix, but in my case was fantastic. Good luck and keep us posted!
Ok I had my rear end cut the old fashioned way Tuesday at 8:30am woke up in recovery at 10:15. Not much pain (gotta have some after all someone just got a hold of you with a sharp knife and saw) In room at 11:00. PT came by around 4:30 walked a few steps felt dizzy went back to bed. PT came by the next day at 9:00. Went for a stroll down the hall then to the stairs walked back down the hall. Went to room did leg lifts, side steps. mini squats ect. Dr came by at 1:15 checked me out talked to the Pt and let me go home. Almost no rest 90 deg, crossing legs ect. Full weight bearing. On crutches today mabey tomorrow then will switch to a cane for a few days. I say it doesnt matter what method is used it is having a GOOD Dr. that makes the diffrence. There is a girl at the hospital that had the anterior method done she had her sugery the day before me was barley walking with a walker and in great pain. Im gone she still there. Hope she gets better quick.
Mona Barrocas

Newark, NJ

#665 Oct 28, 2010
Dr. Burak will probably take your insurance
Leslie

Sudbury, MA

#666 Oct 29, 2010
Joy wrote:
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I am interested to know if anyone on this blog has had an anterior THR NOT using a special HANA table. The closest doc who uses the table is in New Hampshire, but I know nothing about him. Another doc much closer does the anterior without the table, but the incision is more like 6" instead of smaller. I'd appreciate input from anyone with knowledge about the procedure without the table.
I had my left hip replaced using the anterior method in Sept 2009. My surgeon did not use the table and my results have been excellent. Incision is only 3.25". I went to Philadelphia for my surgery. Hope this information helps.
Leaning Tower of Lisa

Scottsdale, AZ

#667 Oct 30, 2010
So I had the procedure done Wednesday morning (10/27)at 10 a.m. There were a couple of small complications, I had a cold, I had to have radiation afterward and I had a large amount of scar tissue and hardware due to previous surgeries, but I was the first patient the therapist ever remembered being able to leave the hospital without a walker with just a cane! I was able to to do 20 stairs on day 2. I stayed overnight and the radiation did kick my butt the next day but I am AMAZED at how much better I feel today. I start therapy today. I admit I was a little hesitant about the surgeon originally, but not any more - the man is a GENIUS! I cannot recommend Dr. Robert Berghoff highly enough and the nursing staff at Banner Good Samaritan was exceptional. I admit I was really nervous about the procedure but for anyone who feels hesitant, DON'T BE AFRAID - I am so happy!!! Do it, do it, DO IT!!! If I can help any of you in Az with a roecommendation, please let me know.
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#668 Oct 30, 2010
Cindy C wrote:
I had an anterior hip replacement in August by Dr Carter. Everything went well. I was back to work quickly as a Speech Therapist. My problem is I still have quite a bit of muscle pain when hiking or walking up stairs anything that involves lifting my leg. I live about 4 hours from Newport News so I have been putting off another visit. Dr Carter said everything looked fine at the three months visit. I was wondering if anyone else has had this muscle problem?
Cindy, how are you doing now? Your post gave me cause for concern
HippyInHampton

Hampton, VA

#669 Oct 31, 2010
Judi Harness wrote:
I can't seem to connect to the physician locator site. I'm in the Tidewater, VA area. Has any one had any surgery done in this area?
Hi Hampton neighbor I will be having THR right here in Hampton Roads on 11/30/10 with With Dr. Anthony Carter. You can also contact Dr. Trini Pilkington(Riverside)who also performs the Anterior THR. I be going with Dr. Carter. Let me know what you find out, Good-luck.
HippyInHampton

Hampton, VA

#670 Oct 31, 2010
Hi Hampton neighbor I will be having THR right here in Hampton Roads on 11/30/10 with With Dr. Anthony Carter. You can also contact Dr. Trini Pilkington(Riverside)who also performs the Anterior THR. I be going with Dr. Carter. Let me know what you find out, Good-luck.
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#671 Oct 31, 2010
Mona Barrocas wrote:
Judy from Suffern.......I am Mona from New City who recently moved to Westchester. Dr. Corey Burak did BOTH my hips. The first one done in April and I am now home recuperating from the second one done 4 weeks ago. Everyone is a candidate and no one was more frightened than me. Any questions please just ask. Who love to help and make it easy for you.
Thanks Mona. Some of the people seem to report pain for months afterwards....though they are not the majority. I called Dr. Burak's office and he does not take insurance...only accepts out of network benefits . I cannot afford a big medical bill. There is a guy in Oradell NJ named Dr Kane
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#672 Oct 31, 2010
My email is Jude10901@aol.com

Thanks (in advance)
Matt

Paramus, NJ

#673 Nov 2, 2010
I made my appt.for THR with Dr. Burak in mid Nov.He answered my questions and concerns with no hesitation,his office has this all down pat.Within two days my ins.co.called and said hospital and cold pac were covered,received info package with more information and appts.at hospital next week with occupational&physical therapy,blood,xray,anesthesia and pre op physical ect.without haveing to make a phone call on my part.I'm still pretty nervous about this but feeling better because they seem well organized and make it easy on the patient.

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