Hip Replacement: Part Deux

Here’s a first-person treatment of my recent hip replacement surgery in today’s Washington Post.

4 comments to Hip Replacement: Part Deux

  • Doc Galias

    Eric,

    I played basketball and jogged to stay in shape up until my hip started acting up last year. I too researched hip surgery. I wish you could have found a doctor that peforms the newer minimally invasive hip surgery, and informed your readers about that.

    I live near Chicago and picked Dr.Richard Berger at Rush to do mine. I was in surgery at 12:30pm and home by 10:30pm that night. I had to walk up stairs and walk around the floor I was on using a walker before they released me. I used a cane for 1 day, had two weeks of home PT for 2 weeks and had about 4 weeks of out patient PT three days a week.

    I had knee problems before surgery so I still can’t run or playbasket ball, but I no longer have pain and can sleep at night. Check out Dr. Berger on line, the next step of hip replacements are already being done. I believe you’ll see more doctors getting trained for this type and it will be the norm in about 15-20 years.

  • Keith Oliver

    I read your article on Hip-replacement in the Denver Post this morning. I am 52 and had my first hip replacement (left) done when I was 44. My Dr told me I was too young when I first went in w similar complaints you had when I was 42. Osteoarthritis was the culprit. He also told me my right hip wasn’t far behind.
    I made the decision at 44, because I had to adjust my hip every 15 minutes when sleeping, because of the pain. I figured all of the medications I was taking were worse for me down the road than the surgery. My hospital stay was similar to yours, but Imwas walking w/o a cane after 9 days and back to work in three weeks. Both my surgeries (the right hip was done at 46) took almost three hours each, because my bones, per my Dr., were the hardest he’d ever seen. My guess is your bones may not have been as hard and therefore you couldn’t bear weight as quickly as I could.
    The increase in the number of hip-replacements I’m sure has to do with our generation being the first en masse to have access to a lifetime of physical activities from early childhood through adulthood. I used to run, play softball, basketball etc 7 days a week for over 10 years of my adult life.
    One word of caution to you is about your back. I have osteoarthritis in my spine and have already had one cervical fusion done to partially releive pressure and pain into my shoulders and arms. I now only bike, walk, hike and use the elliptical 4 times a week for exercise. As low impact as I can get. Fixing the hips and getting rid of the pain is great, but what most of us “boomers” fail to realize is what happens when we turn 60 or 70 etc. if we continue to pound our bodies, because a hip-replacement took away the pain and allows us to still run.
    I would caution all gen x and y’ers to do more low impact exercise and less high impact running/jogging, which may help them avoid having their joints wear out in their forties and fifties.
    Thank you for the article.

  • Eric Niiler

    Thanks for reading. I’ll check him out.

    Eric

  • Eric Niiler

    Thanks for reading! I stopped running shortly after college and switched to cycling. Now I’m swimming like a fish, especially in the summers with an outdoor pool, and some gym cardio machines. I agree about the wear-and-tear of our joints. I have a friend, a lifelong surfer and competitive cyclist now going through severe spinal problems at age 61. I do think yoga can help correct some posture imbalances and strengthen some of the weaker parts of our body, like core, etc.

    Eric

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