My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#816 Jan 26, 2011
judy too wrote:
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Who is your doctor? Is it Alexiades and does he use the Hana table, if you know, thanks
I was scheduled for Dr. Alexiades...but I switched to Dr. Cory Burak. He is much more convenient and I am having the surgery on March 3rd.
Debbie Kolesar

Langhorne, PA

#817 Jan 26, 2011
Gigi wrote:
He said, it's still out there in terms of results.It is new and table is new. He said the surgery is like working in a shoebox/w some xrays, compared to wide open arms and can see what you are doing. He said, he'd do it, for sure. I was hoping to find some one who done not only a lot, but likes the precedure. Maybe, he's done 75 to 100, he said. I hear it is best to have someone who's done it a lot. I am limited to PHX or Tucson. Thanks
Hi Gigi, I had my DAA THR on Jan 17 with Dr Hozack at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He has been doing the DAA since about 2004. He does not use any special table, the operation took about 1 hour and about 6 hours later they had me up and walking with a walker! 36 hours after admission with 2 PT sessions under my belt I was sent home, with no stitches, staples or coumadin, only aspirin for blooding thinning and the latest in plastic wrap/glue to hold the incision together. It's been amazing really. I've walked twice for 5 min each on the treadmill (that does leave me a bit sore afterwards). I haven't had painkillers for a few days now and can get into the bathtub/shower unassisted since yesterday.

DAA is the ONLY way to go! I was very leary about having my hip replaced and was looking at hip resurfacing but Dr Hozack made such a good case for the DAA that I proceeded and now have a metal on poly hip. Do not even consider anything else. I can't imagine the pain/discomfort of having the butt muscles or side cut up. I have absolutely no restrictions and am sleeping on my side from the night I came home.

Maybe I could ask at the Rothman if they can recommend someone in AZ.

Let me know what you think. Regards, Debbie
Gigi

Tucson, AZ

#818 Jan 27, 2011
Yes, Please. I think I write in your box instead of this one? Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope you continue to do well.

I am using Dr. Kiarash here in Tucson, AZ. He and one other Dr. do the DAA approach. I am a yoga instructor and do NOT want the muscles cut. I know it's doing to be different. I want my legs to be "sort of" even, although I apparently have one leg much shorter. Geez...so much to get use too. I know it will all work out fine.

Again,if your Dr. knows of Dr. Kairash I'd be very interested.
thanks again,
Gigi
leslie

Sudbury, MA

#819 Jan 27, 2011
Debbie Kolesar wrote:
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Hi Gigi, I had my DAA THR on Jan 17 with Dr Hozack at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He has been doing the DAA since about 2004. He does not use any special table, the operation took about 1 hour and about 6 hours later they had me up and walking with a walker! 36 hours after admission with 2 PT sessions under my belt I was sent home, with no stitches, staples or coumadin, only aspirin for blooding thinning and the latest in plastic wrap/glue to hold the incision together. It's been amazing really. I've walked twice for 5 min each on the treadmill (that does leave me a bit sore afterwards). I haven't had painkillers for a few days now and can get into the bathtub/shower unassisted since yesterday.
DAA is the ONLY way to go! I was very leary about having my hip replaced and was looking at hip resurfacing but Dr Hozack made such a good case for the DAA that I proceeded and now have a metal on poly hip. Do not even consider anything else. I can't imagine the pain/discomfort of having the butt muscles or side cut up. I have absolutely no restrictions and am sleeping on my side from the night I came home.
Maybe I could ask at the Rothman if they can recommend someone in AZ.
Let me know what you think. Regards, Debbie
Debbie-
Glad to hear how well you are doing with your THR! I'm so glad you were pleased with Dr Hozack. It has been 16 months since he did my THR and I rarely think about it....pilates, yoga, spinning, you name it, I'm doing it! Hozack did a great job with me. Keep up the good work and positive attitude.
Leslie
Steve

Burke, VA

#820 Jan 27, 2011
I also a had total hip replacement done by Dr. Carter. Spent overnight in Mary Immaculate Hosp. since I wanted to make sure everything was ok before going home. Dr. Carter is teaching others in the area how to do this. Very knowledgeable.

This procedure is as good as advertised. Hardly any pain med., walking with a cane for a couple of days and then just getting back to normal.

Just make sure this is the procedure you get. Don't let anyone talk you into anything else, including a doctor.
Kristy D

Cincinnati, OH

#821 Jan 28, 2011
Wanted everyone to know I am 12 hours post op and doing great. Very little pain, will be walking in the morning. Anterior is the ONLY way to go!!!! Good luck to all. I am in Cincinnati area and had Dr. Kirk! Fantastic! He did it in 49 mins. Insane! Gotta love the new age medicine!:)
scp

Louisville, KY

#822 Jan 28, 2011
I'm a male aged 57 and have been okay-ed to have bilateral THR per the anterior approach. Dr. Y in Louisville says that most patients have the ceramic ball/polyethylene liner. I assume he means the highly crosslinked polyethylene that has less wear than the conventional polyethylene but not sure. Just about everyone has read that the ceramic on ceramic has sometimes had squeaking problems - but wondering if this has been corrected or if anyone can shed light on whether to choose the ceramic/polyethylene (highly crosslinked or conventional?) OR ceramic/ceramic?
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#823 Jan 28, 2011
Kristy D wrote:
Wanted everyone to know I am 12 hours post op and doing great. Very little pain, will be walking in the morning. Anterior is the ONLY way to go!!!! Good luck to all. I am in Cincinnati area and had Dr. Kirk! Fantastic! He did it in 49 mins. Insane! Gotta love the new age medicine!:)
Sounds great. I am counting the days. This pain has gotten so extreme that I keep wondering if I can last one more month.
bruny10467

Caguas, Puerto Rico

#824 Jan 29, 2011
scp wrote:
I'm a male aged 57 and have been okay-ed to have bilateral THR per the anterior approach. Dr. Y in Louisville says that most patients have the ceramic ball/polyethylene liner. I assume he means the highly crosslinked polyethylene that has less wear than the conventional polyethylene but not sure. Just about everyone has read that the ceramic on ceramic has sometimes had squeaking problems - but wondering if this has been corrected or if anyone can shed light on whether to choose the ceramic/polyethylene (highly crosslinked or conventional?) OR ceramic/ceramic?
SCP: I'm 68 y.o. and had both my hips done, left side in August and right side on December 9th by Dr. Davidovitch in N.Y.Hospital for Joint Diseases. He used the ceramic head with polyethylene liner. Went home on the 2nd post-op day and I've been walking without a cane since the second post-op week. I'm feeling great and there is no squeaking what-so-ever. Good luck.
Anonymous

Caguas, Puerto Rico

#825 Jan 29, 2011
scp wrote:
I'm a male aged 57 and have been okay-ed to have bilateral THR per the anterior approach. Dr. Y in Louisville says that most patients have the ceramic ball/polyethylene liner. I assume he means the highly crosslinked polyethylene that has less wear than the conventional polyethylene but not sure. Just about everyone has read that the ceramic on ceramic has sometimes had squeaking problems - but wondering if this has been corrected or if anyone can shed light on whether to choose the ceramic/polyethylene (highly crosslinked or conventional?) OR ceramic/ceramic?
Forgot yo say I'm a female.
Kristy D

Cincinnati, OH

#826 Jan 29, 2011
Hi everyone, I am 2 days post op and have a question. I am having numbness in my inner thigh down to my foot. Can someone tell me if they have experienced this and what to expect! As far as the surgery went, it was fantastic and I am having little to no pain. Mainly muscle pain. Thanks so much!
scp

Louisville, KY

#827 Jan 29, 2011
bruny10467 wrote:
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Forgot yo say I'm a female.
Thanks for your perspective and happy you are doing nicely.
Wondering

United States

#828 Jan 30, 2011
Hello to all. I have been learning a lot about hip replacement from the comments/contributions made on this site. I am considering a replacement in the near future and wonder about the comparison of anterior versus posterior replacement, since SE Michigan primarily offers the posterior method. From what I know right now, I would need to travel outside of MI for an anterior style hip replacement. Louisville, Kentucky seems to have good surgeons who preform the anterior method. Any advice/comments would be appreciated. Thank you.
Bob- NY

Buffalo, NY

#829 Jan 30, 2011
No comparison. If you want a painful long recovery w/ restrictions go with the posterior. I had THR in December on my right hip and traveled 8 hours to have the Anterior Approach with a great surgeon. I was back to work in 4 weeks, small incision and no pain. Good luck!
Gigi

Tucson, AZ

#830 Jan 31, 2011
I want to thank all of you for your impute. My DAA surgery is schedule for 3/3. I am also concerned about the squeaky sounds that many people have talked about. Anyone else care to comment on this? Also any other concerns about numbness? Just want to have ideas about what to expect. Most of you sound ready good with the procedure, and now what to expect afterwards. I know we are all different.
Still...I appreciate hearing anything.
Leaning Tower of Lisa

Flagstaff, AZ

#831 Jan 31, 2011
Gigi wrote:
I want to thank all of you for your impute. My DAA surgery is schedule for 3/3. I am also concerned about the squeaky sounds that many people have talked about. Anyone else care to comment on this? Also any other concerns about numbness? Just want to have ideas about what to expect. Most of you sound ready good with the procedure, and now what to expect afterwards. I know we are all different.
Still...I appreciate hearing anything.
Hi Gigi,
Who did you end up scheduling your surgery with? I have a ceramic head with polyethylene liner and have had no issues whatsoever with squeaking. I didn't have any lasting numbness (some for a week or so that went away with rubbing) but really just a little soreness down the leg to my knee, nothing awful - just felt like pulled muscle since that's what it was! Again, just rub it lightly. One other tip - make sure that once the incision is closed up enough that you rub fairly firmly not right ON the incision but along each side to help prevent scar tissue and adhesions that can cause you problems down the line. Good luck - you wont' regret it.
scp

Louisville, KY

#832 Jan 31, 2011
Anyone have any experiences to share regarding having both hips replaced in one/same Anterior operation? Seems like most who have done that have been satisfied/happy.
Jenny

Hicksville, NY

#833 Feb 1, 2011
[ QUOTE who="Arlene"]I just scheduled a hip replacement using the anterior approach with a Dr Michael Alexiades from the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. Has any one ever used Dr Alexiades? Any feed back would be appreciated.[Hi. Did you have the surgery? How did it go? I am also scheduled for a THR with Dr. alexiades./QUOTE]
Jenny

Hicksville, NY

#834 Feb 1, 2011
Hi Arlene. Did you have the surgery? How did it go? I am scheduled for a THR with Dr. Alexiades. Can anyone provide feedback on this Dr?
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#835 Feb 1, 2011
Jenny wrote:
Hi Arlene. Did you have the surgery? How did it go? I am scheduled for a THR with Dr. Alexiades. Can anyone provide feedback on this Dr?
I had gone for a consultation with Dr. Alexiades. He was very nice....but going to the city was an ordeal for me. Instead...I will be using Dr. Burak in Westchester.

Good luck to you.

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