My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
Tonya

Seattle, WA

#1246 Dec 14, 2011
Kristi wrote:
Anyone out there from Washington state? Any Dr's in Washington that do the superPath?
I have THA sceduled June 20 with Dr Downer in Seattle. He uses the anterior approach. My biggest concern at this time is what is the best hardware to use.
Kristi,
What was your experience with the surgery performed by Dr. Downer?
Tonya

Seattle, WA

#1247 Dec 14, 2011
Kelly wrote:
My 72 year old mother is scheduled to have her first THR left side Anterior done 10/25/2011 with Dr. Philip Downer, Ballard, WA (I know, an unfortunate name). But he has helped two of her friends out with the same procedure. I sure hope hers goes as well. She is pretty frail & is managing high blood pressure so not sure if she'll even pass the pre-op testing. Another big concern is her system does not handle any sort of pain meds or even Advil well so managing the pain post op will be a challenge. Was a little concerned when we met with the doc as in hind sight all he did was look at the xrays we brought in, test her flexibility, ask about her pain/symptoms & go over a few things. They did take additional xrays since they didn't know what resolution/magnification her originals were taken at. He left the room & another gal came in & we scheduled the appt. with her. Seemed all too easy? Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Kelly, how is your mom doing? Was the surgery done by Dr. Downer?
AL - PT

Atlanta, GA

#1248 Dec 15, 2011
" Kristi wrote:
Anyone out there from Washington state? Any Dr's in Washington that do the superPath?"

No not in Washington State,

Stephen B. Murphy, Boston

William Kurtz, Nashville
Jimmy Chow Phoenix, Az,
Harbinder Chadha in Chula Vista
Dean Olsen in Owatonna, MN
Patrick Meere in New York, NY
Grandic in South Florida

Dr. Chow in Arizon is set up for out of town patients with consultation and surgery done in a single one week visit.
AL - PT

Atlanta, GA

#1249 Dec 15, 2011
Brad Penenberg of Beverly Hills developed the PATH technique, Sr. Murphy in Boston developed the CAP technique. Kurts and Chow have combined them.
rob walbridge

Selinsgrove, PA

#1250 Dec 22, 2011
my mother and i live in the williamsport pa area. my mother recently had a total hip replacement via the anterior of the leg. her surgeon was dr hoffman of susquehanna medical. the surgery was a disaster. before the surgery my mother walked haltingly but without an aid following three years of an increasingly arthritic hip. after the surgery my mother is handicapped. she is incapable of standing, walking, and even sitting is now difficult. we are waiting to have some tests performed, but it seems likely that the femoral nerve has been severed. she has absolutely no movement or feeling in her leg after three weeks. from this experience i would warn anyone to get a total hip replacement only after every single option has been exhausted. never go the anterior route, and never go to susquehanna health or dr. hoffman for any medical procedure
AdrianaG

Atlanta, GA

#1251 Dec 23, 2011
" never go the anterior route, and never go to susquehanna health or dr. hoffman for any medical procedure"

Rob, I'm so sorry to hear of your mothers disastrous results. Based on the success reported by participants on this forum,myself included, it is not the anterior approach that caused the problem. It is a surgical error. I hope it is reversible. I suggest she go to a different surgeon for evaluation.

( if you are thinking of litigating, check to see if there is a video of her surgery. One of the 2 operating rooms in the hospital where my surgery was done has cameras and I have a DVD of my surgery.)
Butch

Mechanicsburg, PA

#1253 Dec 29, 2011
Has anyone had experience with Orthopedic and Spine Specialists of York, PA, specifically Dr. Etienne?
Jim

Jacksonville, FL

#1254 Dec 30, 2011
Hi, Mom of PT-

I have read with interest yours and others comments on SuperPath. Can you tell me if Dr. Kurtz gave you any input relative to the parts he used. Does he use ceramic on ceramic? What did he use in your case? Did you use blood thinners? For how long?

Jim, Amelia island, FL
Jim

Jacksonville, FL

#1255 Dec 30, 2011
General question for any who have info:

Has anyone used Dr. Joe Locker, Ocala, FL or Dr Ed Whelan, Savannah for DAA HIP. Any comments about them would be appreciated.

JIm
Judy Andreas

AOL

#1256 Dec 31, 2011
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.
Happy New Year Flo. I see that you moved !
Best, Judy

Since: Jan 12

Los Angeles, CA

#1259 Jan 1, 2012
Hello & thanks to everyone for posting your experiences. I will be having THR on both hips on February 15th. I'd go sooner if they had an opening! I've been limping around & in pain for the last 9 months. It took 8 months for the doctors to figure the problem out. I am a 52 yr old woman that had lung cancer 4 yrs ago & brain cancer 1 yr ago. Thank God I have been cancer free since Nov 2010. The neurologist said the limping was due to chemo damage & would not go away. I didn't believe that answer, so I kept going to doctors & finally went to an ortho last month who knew right away what the problem is. Said steriods and/or chemo caused avascular necrosis (sp?) in both hips. Anyway after lung & brain surgery, I am not the least bit worried about the upcoming surgery & I look forward to living without the limp & the pain!
ladydi

Maplewood, NJ

#1260 Jan 1, 2012
slipnslide wrote:
Hello & thanks to everyone for posting your experiences. I will be having THR on both hips on February 15th. I'd go sooner if they had an opening! I've been limping around & in pain for the last 9 months. It took 8 months for the doctors to figure the problem out. I am a 52 yr old woman that had lung cancer 4 yrs ago & brain cancer 1 yr ago. Thank God I have been cancer free since Nov 2010. The neurologist said the limping was due to chemo damage & would not go away. I didn't believe that answer, so I kept going to doctors & finally went to an ortho last month who knew right away what the problem is. Said steriods and/or chemo caused avascular necrosis (sp?) in both hips. Anyway after lung & brain surgery, I am not the least bit worried about the upcoming surgery & I look forward to living without the limp & the pain!
Good luck to you. You have been through so much. I had a THR 2 years ago for avascular necrosis. I am doing great and now have a new lease on life. No more pain...no more limping. It takes time to heal so be patient. Write again.

Since: Jan 12

Los Angeles, CA

#1261 Jan 1, 2012
ladydi wrote:
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Good luck to you. You have been through so much. I had a THR 2 years ago for avascular necrosis. I am doing great and now have a new lease on life. No more pain...no more limping. It takes time to heal so be patient. Write again.
Thanks so much for your response. Did you have both hips replaced at once? I am thrilled that you have no more pain or limping. Congrats!
liz new york

New York, NY

#1262 Jan 3, 2012
am three weeks post-op from anterior approach and feeling pretty good. My only issue is that I have pain in my knee all the time. Even in the hospital
the pain was there. I had a huge bruise on my knee and bruising on my calf. Now that's all gone but it
hurts to walk because of the knee. I can walk without the cane with no problem but it hurts. Am doing 35 minutes on the elliptical machine,, all with great results. But to walk on the street without the cane is painful. The PT therapist says that she's seen this issue before, maybe from surgery, maybe from revisions of muscles after the surgery. Can't lift my operated leg lying on my back without enormous pain. The incision area is still a bit swollen, and sore, but really is not causing any problems. Any words of wisdom out there?
Keith in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

#1264 Jan 4, 2012
AdrianaG wrote:
<quoted text>I saw 4 surgeons for opinions and none mentioned radiation!!! In your. Area you should go see Dr Elvis Grandic who does SuperPath.
Adriana - I saw in one of your posts that you had originally considered Dr. Bradberry at Emory for youTHR. Why did you end up going to Nashville for your surgery (other than for the SuperPath)?
Mom of PT

Atlanta, GA

#1265 Jan 5, 2012
Jim wrote:
Hi, Mom of PT-
I have read with interest yours and others comments on SuperPath. Can you tell me if Dr. Kurtz gave you any input relative to the parts he used. Does he use ceramic on ceramic? What did he use in your case? Did you use blood thinners? For how long?
Jim, Amelia island, FL
Hi Jim,yes Dr. Kurtz and I discussed the prosthetic parts that he would use. It depends on the patient, their age, activitiy level, etc. In my case he went with a titanium/ceramic combination which he says should last 30 years.

Yes I was on injected blood thinners for 3 weeks. The needles are so tiny you do not feel them (you inject them in the belly) and the pharmacist says it is much safer than coumadin. Plus you don't need to test blood if you do the injections.
I will be happy to talk to you on the phone if you want, email me at "gattamom @ gmail.com " (Remove spaces around @).
Mom of PT

Atlanta, GA

#1266 Jan 5, 2012
Keith in Atlanta wrote:
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Adriana - I saw in one of your posts that you had originally considered Dr. Bradberry at Emory for you THR. Why did you end up going to Nashville for your surgery (other than for the SuperPath)?
Hi Keith, I spoke with Dr. Kurtz on the phone for an hour and met him for a consultation after I had met with Dr. Bradbury. His approach and this chart http://www.chowhipandknee.com/superpath-thr.h... convinced me. I did like Dr. Bradbury and think he would have done a fine job, I just felt Super Path offered an even quicker recovery, no restrictions and no dislocation.

Adriana
lola

Israel

#1267 Jan 5, 2012
Keith in Atlanta wrote:
<quoted text>
Adriana - I saw in one of your posts that you had originally considered Dr. Bradberry at Emory for youTHR. Why did you end up going to Nashville for your surgery (other than for the SuperPath)?
My experience with Dr. Bradbery @ Emory in Atlanta has been excellent. Both hips, 8 weeks apart. Specialized hospital for orthopeadics --- only scheduled surgeries, no emergency room, skilled staff, and low probability of infections as the patients are all prescreened. Simplified logistics since Atlanta is my home town. Very quick recovery with no restrictions. No PT prescribed, other than walking.

My regained freedom of movement is priceless.
Keith in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

#1268 Jan 5, 2012
Mom of PT wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Keith, I spoke with Dr. Kurtz on the phone for an hour and met him for a consultation after I had met with Dr. Bradbury. His approach and this chart http://www.chowhipandknee.com/superpath-thr.h... convinced me. I did like Dr. Bradbury and think he would have done a fine job, I just felt Super Path offered an even quicker recovery, no restrictions and no dislocation.
Adriana
Thanks Adriana. As you know the toughest part of this whole process is deciding which surgical procedure and surgeon.
Keith in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

#1269 Jan 5, 2012
lola wrote:
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My experience with Dr. Bradbery @ Emory in Atlanta has been excellent. Both hips, 8 weeks apart. Specialized hospital for orthopeadics --- only scheduled surgeries, no emergency room, skilled staff, and low probability of infections as the patients are all prescreened. Simplified logistics since Atlanta is my home town. Very quick recovery with no restrictions. No PT prescribed, other than walking.
My regained freedom of movement is priceless.
Lola - do you know how many of these surgical procedures Bradberry has done?

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