My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#674 Nov 2, 2010
Matt wrote:
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.
What is a "cold pac" please? I wonder how much Dr Burak charges.
Judy
Matt

Paramus, NJ

#675 Nov 2, 2010
Judy,a cold pack seems to be a device that chills down the hip area after surgery that you use at home,a tech from the company is comeing next week to deliver& show me how to use it,the info package that I received says that if your ins. co. doesn't cover it you can use ice packs.I don't know what Dr Burak charges,when I called for my consultation they checked my ins.and gave me the ok,if you call his office i'm sure they will give whatever info you need.
Morons

Pendleton, SC

#676 Nov 2, 2010
Matt wrote:
Judy,a cold pack seems to be a device that chills down the hip area after surgery that you use at home,a tech from the company is comeing next week to deliver& show me how to use it,the info package that I received says that if your ins. co. doesn't cover it you can use ice packs.I don't know what Dr Burak charges,when I called for my consultation they checked my ins.and gave me the ok,if you call his office i'm sure they will give whatever info you need.
Its basically a cooler with a motor you put in ice and water and it cools a pad that you wrap around the affected area.
Grace

Brooklyn, NY

#677 Nov 2, 2010
Dr. Corey Burak seems to be the guy in Westchester County, NY. I am glad to read positive comments about him as I am about to schedule my THR with him. He was very reassuring and frank about the procedure and the outcome. I also know someone who had surgery with Dr. C. Burak and he told me he was back at work in 15 days. He's the super in my daughter's coop so his work is not easy.
I am confident that this is the way to go and any pain as a result of the surgery could NOT be worse than the groin pulls I get with every step I take!!!
Willy

Melbourne, FL

#678 Nov 5, 2010
Had an Anterior THR done in April 2009, after suffering for 10 Years.
I am so happy with my new Hip, that I do not even think of it any more. Better than I expected. It was done in Ocala Fl. by the Orthopadic Institute and Dr. Locker was the Surgeon.
Absolutly the best.
I was walking 5 hrs after Surgery with a Cane and no pain (due to a spinal. Walked 2 with a Cane, that's it. After 6 weeks back in the Jim doing 30 min ea.threadmill, recombent bike & elliptical.
I would highly recommend it.
(Age 65)
More Info at www.toi-health.com
Judy from Suffern

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#679 Nov 5, 2010
I am seeing Dr. Michael Alexiazes at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. I have read amazing things about him and he takes my insurance.
Fran

Fort Worth, TX

#680 Nov 7, 2010
pyro5 wrote:
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.
Did you find anyone in the DFW area? I am looking also to have the anterior hip replacement. Very frustrated with the search.
Debbie

Langhorne, PA

#681 Nov 7, 2010
Leslie wrote:
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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.
Hi Leslie, I'm curious about who you went to in Philly. I am scheduled for the DAA THR with Dr Hozack at The Rothman Institute (Jefferson Hospital) in January. The last month has been tough and I am now walking with a cane and while scared, can't wait to be done with this pain. Hope my outcome is as good as many I've read here.
Matt

Paramus, NJ

#683 Nov 8, 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.
Hi Mona,I hope the recovery from your second THR is going Well I'm scheduled with DR. Burak next week for THR and I'm looking foreward to some more positive feedback to ease the anxiety a little bit,the hospital staff was great for the pre-op and very through.
bruny10467

New York, NY

#684 Nov 8, 2010
Judy from Suffern wrote:
I am seeing Dr. Michael Alexiazes at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. I have read amazing things about him and he takes my insurance.
Hi Judy, I went last year to Hospital for Special Surgery for Anterior THR and was told by 2 of their orthopedic surgeons that they didn't do the anterior procedure. They do the antero-lateral procedure with a minimal incision but they still cut your gluts muscles and tendons. That is why I went with Dr. Davidovitch at the N.Y. Hospital for Joint Diseases, had my left hip done on 8/19/10 and I'm planning to get my right one done with him before Christmas. I've been back to work for the past 3 weeks. I'm 67 y.o.

Good luck, I hope all goes well for you.
leslie

Concord, MA

#685 Nov 8, 2010
Debbie wrote:
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Hi Leslie, I'm curious about who you went to in Philly. I am scheduled for the DAA THR with Dr Hozack at The Rothman Institute (Jefferson Hospital) in January. The last month has been tough and I am now walking with a cane and while scared, can't wait to be done with this pain. Hope my outcome is as good as many I've read here.
Hi Debbie-
Dr Hozack did my left anterior THR. He did a wonderful job. Leg length is perfect, used a cane for only 2 weeks, great hospital, etc. You will be very pleased! Let me know if you have any further questions.
Debbie

Langhorne, PA

#686 Nov 8, 2010
leslie wrote:
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Hi Debbie-
Dr Hozack did my left anterior THR. He did a wonderful job. Leg length is perfect, used a cane for only 2 weeks, great hospital, etc. You will be very pleased! Let me know if you have any further questions.
How excellent to find someone who had the same doctor. Did you ever research hip resurfacing? I was certain that's what I wanted but Dr Hozack made a convincing argument for not going that way. What kind of physiotherapy did you do afterwards, what did he recommend? About all I can do at the moment is swimming and leg work in the pool, curious to know what they want after surgery. How long were you in the hospital? Thanks so much for replying it's wonderful to find you.
geebee

AOL

#687 Nov 8, 2010
had anterior approach Tues. Nov. 2nd. Feeling pretty good except I seem to be having some pulling from incision to knee...is this normal?
Marcia Palos Park IL

Westmont, IL

#688 Nov 9, 2010
Fran wrote:
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Did you find anyone in the DFW area? I am looking also to have the anterior hip replacement. Very frustrated with the search.
Fran,
There are several Dallas surgeons listed at newhipnews.com . I pasted the entries in a posting here yesterday, but it's not showing up. Maybe it was too long?

Since: Mar 10

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#689 Nov 13, 2010
Am happy to report I had my second hip replaced Oct 19 (first one May 25) and am doing super well. My surgeon is Dr Daniel Weber, Tinley Park, IL and he uses the Hana bed - one of only 2 beds that I know of in Illinois! Everything went as smoothly this time as last, the hospital, Ingalls, and the staff are excellent. Have had a little problem trying to get one stubborn muscle band, the periformis (not related to the surgery),to loosen up but I think we're getting there :) Some of the muscles that have been underused all this time are objecting to having to move!! Used the walker for just a few days, then the cane for about another 10 days, now nothing. Physical therapy is going great too. Am so glad I decided to go ahead and get them both done. I feel a new lease on life. If anyone is contemplating hip replacement please find a surgeon that uses the anterior method with the Hana bed. There is usually a wait so why not at least get on someone's schedule. You'll be soo glad you did.
bruny10467

Rahway, NJ

#690 Nov 13, 2010
Got my paperwork done at my job this past week and got approval for my 2nd sick leave. I'll be getting my right hip replaced on 12/9. Dr. David Davidovitch will be my surgeon again, he did a great job with my left hip on 8/19. I am anxious to get my right hip done already and now that I've experienced the surgery I'm really looking forward to it. It has been great walking without pain on my left side now it's time for my right side!
leslie

Concord, MA

#691 Nov 15, 2010
Debbie wrote:
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How excellent to find someone who had the same doctor. Did you ever research hip resurfacing? I was certain that's what I wanted but Dr Hozack made a convincing argument for not going that way. What kind of physiotherapy did you do afterwards, what did he recommend? About all I can do at the moment is swimming and leg work in the pool, curious to know what they want after surgery. How long were you in the hospital? Thanks so much for replying it's wonderful to find you.
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I never considered resurfacing. My hip was bone on bone so it made sense to have it replaced. The only pt that Dr Hozack recommended was walking. He will give you a prescription for pt if you ask. I went for a few weeks but mainly for stretching. I was back to pilates, yoga, cycling class, elliptical and several other things 4-5 weeks after my surgery. It has been an amazing recovery process. I was in the hospital for 2 nights. Keep me posted on your progress.
Joy

Chicopee, MA

#692 Nov 15, 2010
leslie wrote:
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I never considered resurfacing. My hip was bone on bone so it made sense to have it replaced. The only pt that Dr Hozack recommended was walking. He will give you a prescription for pt if you ask. I went for a few weeks but mainly for stretching. I was back to pilates, yoga, cycling class, elliptical and several other things 4-5 weeks after my surgery. It has been an amazing recovery process. I was in the hospital for 2 nights. Keep me posted on your progress.
Leslie,
I am curious as to why you went to Philapelphia from MA. for your surgery. I now live near Worcester, MA and am seeing a surgeon in concord, NH this week who does the anterior with the Hana table.
bgindfw

Houston, TX

#693 Nov 16, 2010
Fran wrote:
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Did you find anyone in the DFW area? I am looking also to have the anterior hip replacement. Very frustrated with the search.
Roger Emerson at Presby Plano has been doing it since 2006.
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#694 Nov 16, 2010
bruny10467 wrote:
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Hi Judy, I went last year to Hospital for Special Surgery for Anterior THR and was told by 2 of their orthopedic surgeons that they didn't do the anterior procedure. They do the antero-lateral procedure with a minimal incision but they still cut your gluts muscles and tendons. That is why I went with Dr. Davidovitch at the N.Y. Hospital for Joint Diseases, had my left hip done on 8/19/10 and I'm planning to get my right one done with him before Christmas. I've been back to work for the past 3 weeks. I'm 67 y.o.
Good luck, I hope all goes well for you.
I was told that Dr. Alexiades does the Anterior Hip Replacement and he's the only one at the Hospital for Special Surgery that does it.

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