My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
AdrianaG

Atlanta, GA

#1271 Jan 6, 2012
Keith in Atlanta wrote:
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Lola - do you know how many of these surgical procedures Bradberry has done?
When I consulted him last April he had done about 250. Dr. Kurtz had done 500.
Idyll

New York, NY

#1272 Jan 6, 2012
Newly-released information presented that about 12 to 13 percent of patients who received one of the recalled hip implants needed a replacement surgery after just five years. DePuy is a subsidiary company of Johnson and Johnson, which issued a worldwide recall of their products. According to Dr. Stephen Graves, the director of the National Joint Replacement Registry in Australia, they have been telling Johnson&Johnson to implement the DePuy Hip Replacement Recall since 2007. But it was just realized in August 2010. Moreover, from 2008 until the recall of the products, the Food and Drug Administartion (FDA) have been receiving several complaints from patients, whom needed to undergo another hip replacement surgery. Several DePuy lawsuit have also been filed by the victimized patients. See http://www.rotlaw.com/depuy-asr/ for more information.
Mom of PT

Atlanta, GA

#1273 Jan 7, 2012
Idyll wrote:
Newly-released information ....from 2008 until the recall of the products, the Food and Drug Administartion (FDA) have been receiving several complaints from patients, whom needed to undergo another hip replacement surgery. Several DePuy lawsuit have also been filed by the victimized patients. See http://www.rotlaw.com/depuy-asr/ for more information.
I hate it when lawyers troll sites looking for patients...
lola

Israel

#1274 Jan 7, 2012
Keith in Atlanta wrote:
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Lola - do you know how many of these surgical procedures Bradberry has done?
To my knowledge,
Dr. Bradbury has done well over 500 anterior total hip replacements.
He operates three days a week.
Chris

Huntersville, NC

#1275 Jan 7, 2012
slipnslide wrote:
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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!
I had both hips done at once, it is definately the way to go, only one recovery time. you will do great I am sure, mine was 4 1/2 years ago, anterior approach, back to most things in a month, racquetball took 3 months, still doing great though, so nice to have no pain! Good Luck!!

Since: Jan 12

Los Angeles, CA

#1276 Jan 7, 2012
Thanks Chris for the positive info. I'm having both hips done January 25th & I can hardly wait as it's been so painful to hobble around for the last 10 months. I'm so thankful they have this technology available.
Sheila

Memphis, TN

#1277 Jan 8, 2012
I had the anterior approach total hip replacement done 9 days ago on Dec 30. I was the star of the unit, up and mobile after 1 day. only used my walker only the first few hours of the first day after surgery. had the surgery on Friday, went home on Monday, on the cane, doing fine. The following Friday morning i woke up with pain and stiffness in my groin area and it is now Sunday and I am still having pain and trouble getting around. I know it takes time to heal and that maybe my initial progress made me over do things and now i'm suffering the consequeunces but it sure is frustrating.
Mom of PT

Atlanta, GA

#1279 Jan 9, 2012
Kentucky-Mitch wrote:
I had the surgery on Monday at noon and went home Tuesday at noon. What you are probably experiencing is a natural reduction in swelling and the associated splinting effect that swelling gives. This would cause some soreness At least it did in my case.
Keep in mind you have a lot of muscles, etc. that need to readjust after months or years of an unnatural gait due to pain in the hip. Take it easy on yourself for the first couple of weeks, then get out and walk!
Kristy

Gallipolis, OH

#1280 Jan 9, 2012
Liz, this is totally normal. I was concerned about not being able to lift leg and sleeping was so uncomfortable. It does go away I promise! I will be one year out on Jan.28th. I too had anterior and I would say it takes a whole year to really feel back to normal. Maybe 9 mths, but be patient because it WILL get better!!! I did have nerve damage with mine, but I am finally getting better with that!!! Stay strong! Kristy
liz new york wrote:
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?
Anonymous

Puckett, MS

#1281 Jan 12, 2012
Sheila---be sure to use ice--15 minutes--several times a day--and elevate.
Joy

Pittsfield, MA

#1282 Jan 12, 2012
Had right anterior hip replacement last April but still having "groin" pain. It's not exactly in my groin area but more the very top of my thigh. My surgeon said to just walk, but this is painful.
When I have been inactive for awhile and try to walk, it hurts the most. I limp a lot and am so frustrated with this pain. Had PT initially, but this did not help the pain in my upper thigh. Anyone else have this issue or some advice? Should I return to PT, get a 2nd opinion from a surgeon??
Thanks.
Joy

Pittsfield, MA

#1283 Jan 12, 2012
Kentucky-Mitch wrote:
Flo is wrong about only one doctor on the east coast doing the anterior replacement. Dr. Carter in Newport News has just finished 8000 and goes up and down the east coast teaching the method. I'm sure he taught Dr. Burak.
There is a surgeon in New Hampshire who does the DA approach, and also my surgeon in Gloversville, NY, Dr. Tom Eagan. He trained in California with the doc who brought this method to the US from France. He had done about 200, and he is close by, so that's why I went with him rather than Corey Burak. It isn't too convenient to drive 4 hours for pre-surgery testing, and then who would have driven me home, etc. I hope my surgery was a good one; the x-rays look fine according to my surgeon.
Tammy

Apex, NC

#1284 Jan 12, 2012
Does anyone have experience with Doctors in the Raleigh/Durham area for the anterior method ?? I am in Cary and can go to Duke or Raleigh ? Thanks in advance !!
liz new york

New York, NY

#1285 Jan 12, 2012
Kristy wrote:
Liz, this is totally normal. I was concerned about not being able to lift leg and sleeping was so uncomfortable. It does go away I promise! I will be one year out on Jan.28th. I too had anterior and I would say it takes a whole year to really feel back to normal. Maybe 9 mths, but be patient because it WILL get better!!! I did have nerve damage with mine, but I am finally getting better with that!!! Stay strong! Kristy
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Hi Kristy, thx so much for your post and support. I had a massage the other day. I had so much lactic acid in my quadricep from all the PT .that it was making my knees and calf hurt! now it is gone and I walked 2 miles yesterday and did a little dance class. I do still have swelling and some numbness, but so much less pain this week ! Hooray and life looks a lot rosier this week ! thx
Bob - NY

Buffalo, NY

#1286 Jan 12, 2012
Joy, I travelled from Upstate NY to have Dr Burak do my Hip. Every mile was worth it. He is simply the best at what he does.I was back to normal in about 3 weeks. Had my surgery Dec 2011. I will eventually have my other hip done by Dr Burak. Good luck!

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Joy wrote:
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There is a surgeon in New Hampshire who does the DA approach, and also my surgeon in Gloversville, NY, Dr. Tom Eagan. He trained in California with the doc who brought this method to the US from France. He had done about 200, and he is close by, so that's why I went with him rather than Corey Burak. It isn't too convenient to drive 4 hours for pre-surgery testing, and then who would have driven me home, etc. I hope my surgery was a good one; the x-rays look fine according to my surgeon.
Jarrelle in WV

Morgantown, WV

#1287 Jan 12, 2012
Anyone having lower back pain? I had my right hip done (anterior) the second of August and at the beginning of December I have had a lot of lower back pain on my right side. I work out with weights twice a week and walk on a treadmill 3 times a week.
Lucy covino

Bradenton, FL

#1288 Jan 13, 2012
I am scheduled for Anterior and will call tomorrow to see if my doctor does Superpath
Bryan

Silver Spring, MD

#1289 Jan 13, 2012
Thank you all for your commitment to this blog. Thee is mor einfo here than can be gleaned from days of searching elsewhere.
Mom of PT and Adriana, et al, you have convinced me to pursue SuperPATH, and probably with Dr. William Kurtz. I am waiting for a return call. Spoke to Dr. Chow's office, and as another has said, you go in Friday for a consult, surgery Monday, and post-op Friday before being released to go home. Was thinking of making a vacation of it, Grand canyon pre-op, etc., but Kurtz is close to my girl friend in Marietta/Atlanta, so my/our driving experience (cheaper/flexible than airfare) will be similar to yours. How many trips did you make? After two days in the hospital (due to being out-of-towner), did you then go home to stay?
Any unusual numbness, pain, need for PT? I need to be biking mid- to late-June in Thailand. Crazy, or possible if surgery is April 2?

Other suggestions?

Thanks to all. What a great contribution to humanity.
Terri

Wallkill, NY

#1290 Jan 14, 2012
Jarrelle in WV wrote:
Anyone having lower back pain? I had my right hip done (anterior) the second of August and at the beginning of December I have had a lot of lower back pain on my right side. I work out with weights twice a week and walk on a treadmill 3 times a week.
I have lower back pain, but had it prior to surgery. I thought after surgery it would be gone. PT and stretching seems to be helping a little. Hoping some strengthening exercises for the lower back will help. Hope you feel better.
Judy Andreas

AOL

#1291 Jan 14, 2012
Terri wrote:
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I have lower back pain, but had it prior to surgery. I thought after surgery it would be gone. PT and stretching seems to be helping a little. Hoping some strengthening exercises for the lower back will help. Hope you feel better.
i

I had my hip surgery in March of 2011. Prior to the surgery, I had lower back pain and was diagnosed as having spinal stenosis.
Since the surgery, I still have back discomfort. When I stand for awhile, I get intermittant pains in my leg / back.

Judy

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