My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
Chris

Huntersville, NC

#941 Mar 27, 2011
Bev wrote:
My Dr wants me to have both hips done at once, anteriorly. Has anyone had them both done at once?
I had both hips done at the same time, almosst 4 years ago, the best thing I could have done. Dr. Masonis, Orthocarolina did the surgery! Wonderful doctor!
Chris

Huntersville, NC

#942 Mar 27, 2011
Doris wrote:
[Who is your doctor in Charlotte?"Bev"]My Dr wants me to have both hips done at once, anteriorly. Has anyone had them both done at onced?
Doris: I had both hips done by Dr. Masonis, Orthocarolina, the best way to go if you need both done.
Kate32

Milwaukee, WI

#943 Mar 28, 2011
Monica,

Great to hear you are doing well! I started driving at week 6. Put the sock on my injured side around the same time too!:) Today I wore mini-heels to work instead of fuzzy slippers. My co-workers loved the suit with slippers look! Really excited you are enjoying your new hip as much as I do! It takes a lot of energy to recover. It gets progressively better every day!
monica wrote:
Kate32,
I was wondering how are you doing? On Tuesday will be 3 weeks since my surgery. I'm walking without a cane for most of the time, PT three times a week is helping a lot, went to my gym for a little workout today and going back to work this Monday. Have to say I still feel overall weak but I'm able to do light grocery shopping, cleaning and cooking. I love my new hip!!!
Doris

AOL

#944 Mar 28, 2011
Doris: I had both hips done by Dr. Masonis, Orthocarolina, the best way to go if you need both done. [I have an appointment with Dr. Masonis the end of May to discuss anterior hip replacement. Thanks for your input.
Ginger

Lafayette, NJ

#946 Mar 31, 2011
Does anyone know of an orthopedic surgeon, affiliated with University of Pennsylvania Hospital, that performs anterior bilateral hip replacements?
Adriana

Atlanta, GA

#947 Mar 31, 2011
This is a physician locator for surgeons who do anterior approach.
http://www.newhipnews.com/patient/physicianLo...
Not so lucky

Sherman Oaks, CA

#948 Apr 3, 2011
I had anterior total hip replacement surgery Feb 22,2011, and now almost 6 weeks later I have foot drop, am unable to walk without a without a walker and have terrible neuropathy pain, which requires me to take medication called Neurontin 300 mgs 3times a day in addition to other pain releif medications when those don't completely help. I am way worse off than before the surgery, I halve to get up 2 to 3 times a night because I can't stay asleep much over 2 hours. And the only way to go back to sleep is to get up and walk for 5 or 10minutes. I had an EMG test which said my nerves were injured not cut and will require over 8 months to regenerate. I am 50 years old. I really need the other hip replaced also, so you can imagine I am not so excited about having that done. I go to therapy 2 times a week.
I am supposed to get an orthotic to put in my shoe on Monday, which is supposedly help me walk without the walker.
I am glad so many of you had success with your hip replacements....wish I could say the same.
Kristy

Cincinnati, OH

#949 Apr 3, 2011
I also have the same problem, minus the foot drop. I am taking 900 mg of neurontin 3 times a day. Ask your doctor about uping your dose. I think that might help you with your sleeping. I also take percoset to help me sleep at night. I also had the emg and mine showed the same thing. It will take time, but hopefully we will recover soon! Good luck to you!!!
Not so lucky wrote:
I had anterior total hip replacement surgery Feb 22,2011, and now almost 6 weeks later I have foot drop, am unable to walk without a without a walker and have terrible neuropathy pain, which requires me to take medication called Neurontin 300 mgs 3times a day in addition to other pain releif medications when those don't completely help. I am way worse off than before the surgery, I halve to get up 2 to 3 times a night because I can't stay asleep much over 2 hours. And the only way to go back to sleep is to get up and walk for 5 or 10minutes. I had an EMG test which said my nerves were injured not cut and will require over 8 months to regenerate. I am 50 years old. I really need the other hip replaced also, so you can imagine I am not so excited about having that done. I go to therapy 2 times a week.
I am supposed to get an orthotic to put in my shoe on Monday, which is supposedly help me walk without the walker.
I am glad so many of you had success with your hip replacements....wish I could say the same.
Chuck

United States

#950 Apr 5, 2011
I am 45 and need my left hip done. I have read up and heard that the anterior approach is much better. I am vert nervous, but hopefully it is the right decision.
Katuska

Elgin, IL

#951 Apr 5, 2011
Chuck wrote:
I am 45 and need my left hip done. I have read up and heard that the anterior approach is much better. I am vert nervous, but hopefully it is the right decision.
It is! I had both hips done last year (May and Oct) Best decisions I've made. Very easy recovery and NO more pain!! Can do everything I want--I even forget sometimes that I had them done :)
Anonymous

Columbia, MS

#952 Apr 10, 2011
Ginger wrote:
Does anyone know of an orthopedic surgeon, affiliated with University of Pennsylvania Hospital, that performs anterior bilateral hip replacements?
When I researched I only found Dr. Star at Abingdon and Dr. Hoczak with Rothman.
Kristy

Dayton, OH

#953 Apr 11, 2011
I am 2 1/2 months out from anterior hip replacement. I am wondering if others have had the same issue. I am a stomach sleeper and when I wake up after ending up on my stomach in the morning my hip and leg area are pretty sore. I am sure it is just still healing, but I would love to hear anyone else's experience! Thanks, Kristy
Margherita Rieth

Haledon, NJ

#954 Apr 15, 2011
Had anterior replacement of left hip in December 2010 by surgeon Paul Enker, M.D., Long Island, New York. Could not have had a better experience. Pain free immediately and performing normally within two weeks with no negative aspects. The professionalism and care received from Dr. Enker and his staff certainly contribute to one's security and confidence. In rehab, I progressed notably better than others who underwent the alternative procedure. Therapists relayed their observation that the "anterior" patients recovered rapidly and did much better in general. I am having the right hip replaced later this year with Dr. Enker.
Joy

Clifton Park, NY

#955 Apr 15, 2011
I am 5 days post-op and came home yesterday! Had my hip done in Gloversville by Dr. Thomas Eagan. I lost a bit of blood and required 3 transfusions to get back to normal. I climbed a full flight of stairs yesterday to my apartment, and this morning I took a shower and did my hair by myself. My incision site is very sore, and my upper thigh is very swollen and bruised and sore. I'm just glad I don't have any nerve issues and feel good other than the groin pain when I transition from sitting to standing, etc. I impressed everyone on the hospital floor with how quickly I recovered. I never would have dreamed I could get upstairs on the 4th post-op day. Amazing!
jean gallo

Bethlehem, PA

#957 Apr 18, 2011
Dan wrote:
<quoted text>I am having the anterior hip surgery April 7th at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in allentown, pa.
Did you have direct anterior replacement? I* can't find anyone in the Lehigh Valley that does this.
Adriana

Atlanta, GA

#958 Apr 20, 2011
I am in the process of scheduling an anterior THR. I will be needing to travel 4 hours by car to a memorial service in about a month. How soon after surgery would you recommend this type of trip? I may just schedule surgery after the service.
Kristy

Dayton, OH

#959 Apr 20, 2011
You should be fine. I would just stop a few times and walk around, but other than that you should be fine! Good luck!
Adriana wrote:
I am in the process of scheduling an anterior THR. I will be needing to travel 4 hours by car to a memorial service in about a month. How soon after surgery would you recommend this type of trip? I may just schedule surgery after the service.
CindiC

Chinle, AZ

#960 Apr 20, 2011
Adriana, I drove myself home (5 hour drive) 3 weeks post surgery after having both hips replaced. Shouldn't be a problem.
CindiC

Chinle, AZ

#961 Apr 20, 2011
Bev, I had both hips replaced 5 weeks ago with anterior method and I can't believe everyone doesn't do it that way!(Unless they go with the superior method which is newer, has even faster recovery, and even less invasive-just learned about it in the hospital). I would have hated having to go through the whole process again-I see no benefit to that at all for the patient!(Brings in more money for the doctor!) I was walking without any support in 2 weeks. Driving at 2.5, back at work at 3.5. I am 54, thin, in pretty good shape, active, athletic, so those factors helped.
Tom

Schaumburg, IL

#962 Apr 22, 2011
Wondering wrote:
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.
There's another surgery called Superpath[ check youtube] no tenden or muscles are cut.had the procedure done[ bilateral] both hips same time. was up same day,walking with walker for 4days,climb 20 steps 4 days walked with cane 5th, 14 day walk unassisted,drove15 day. 4 weeks later doing great. had surgery do by Dr. Elvis Grandic Delray Beach Fl. I'm from upper Michigan Had surgery 3/23/2011

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