Mark Nelson Dr. Bose 1010 BilateralI'm 51 and have bilateral from Dr. Bose 2010 and 2011.

These are some notes that might help anyone going into the hip repair project. Story starts in 1999, after doing a gym competition, which involved spinning at 150+ RPM for about 7 minutse; to win a track suit (never collected) my hips became very stiff. Ignoring this for a year, did a long triathlon in Japan, with a marathon at the end – reasonable runtime but sore in bad way.

After this, went to the doctor, assuming I’d pulled some muscles, the x-ray identified primary osteoarthritis in both hips. At 40, this was not good news. The spinning did not cause the problem, but revealed it. The pain on the left increased to the level of interrupting sleep. After some research, I flew to L.A. Dr.  Klapper did an arthroscopy on the left. This guy also co-wrote a book “Heal Your Hips”. It describes many useful exercises, and worth reading, especially in the strengthening stage after the operation, although that’s not the book’s intention. Studies seem to show when done in appropriate circumstances, arthroscopies can keep the joint going up to 10 years.

Spent the next, nine years doing mostly cycling and play swimming, taking an increasing amount of NSAIDs. In 2008 decided to "get off" NSAIDs, this takes a bit of effort, and included cutting out junk and fried food. Managed reduce Mobic to only after hard exercise. Was able to do the Langkwai Ironman in 2008/09 (shuffling and mostly walking). By this stage, the pain was manageable, however, my knees were moving about 6-8 inches from the top tube, and starting cause problems. All internal and external rotation had gone in both hip joints.

From this website, I contacted Dr.  Bose in Chennai. The X-rays showed I had Femoroacetabular Impingement and Pistol Grip deformity in both hips. Dr.  Bose resurfaced my left using the Birmingham hip in Chennai, ten days after the 2010 Langkwai Ironman. Whilst, the operation is not to be taken lightly, it equates to hard event and a kick in the bum. All that time spent on the bike and road may not have been wasted. The operation is best treated as an event.

Dr.  Bose resurfaced my Right Hip August 2011. The second time round is pretty easy. Once you know what’s going to happen and have confidence in the surgeon - it’s mechanical. By day three – walked a couple of km on crutches, and had flown home and back at work in five. The ease of the second operation indicates that the first time could be less stressful with a more relaxed attitude.

You need crutches for a few weeks, I used one for touring around the bike; bungee cord strapped across the back to go between coffee shops on a bike at day 10. Immense amounts of coffee also cure any post-operation constipation. The first side operation I raised the seat by 4 cm and put on clip less pedals. The seat raising was a good idea; however, it’s better to use clip-in pedals, because you can use the non-op side to get up small hills. The operated side can get the cleat out easily. For several rides, don’t expect to put any work through the operated side.

After the first operation, I did not run at all for 7 months and ignored the option of walking. Following the second, I started hard walking at about 3 months. I found I could walk at about 8 min/KMs, which was much better than any recent “zombie wandering pretend runs”. Hard walking gives you the option of continual improvement without the impact stress of running. Was able to walk a 2:50 ½ at the end of 70.3 at 4 months. At six months, did the Abu Dhabi long course race. This has a 200 KM bike – on the bike there is no issues from the joint – it’s like being able to cycle 20 years ago (although slower as the other bits have sadly aged). After years of cycling like “Charlie Chaplin”, it took a while to get into an aero position; I tried a few saddles but settled on the Cobb model – as all the soft bits had to be reconditioned after years of enforced upright biking.

Cycling does not seem to warm the joints for running. The running/walking warm up is independent. So you can’t start too slow. I need at least 1km warm up, this makes the rest of the session/event much more enjoyable.

From six months out started 8 KM sessions, walking 400 meters jogging 200 meters; three times week and extending the jogging sections. Following Dr.  Bose’s advice, I back off from everything with any discomfort from the joint. Also used the exercises in "Heal Your Hips" in the pool to strengthen the hip joint; now able to do 8km continuous at 7 min pace, without any unnatural feeling from either side. The particular numbers don’t matter, improvement and the ability to exercise without the misery of hip pain is just fantastic. Now at 18/ 8 months and barely notice both my hips are metal.

Short term goal is to get reasonable at 70.3 distances; a 2 hr ½ run is a decent target. The long term goal, is of course, is to be put in the incinerator with my BHRs in place.

Final words, for this operation, make sure your surgeon has done lots of these operations, for the device - statistics matter; marketing documents have the nutritional value of McDonalds. Prior to the operation, the world is completely focused on the pain and medical issues. This focus will rapidly recede once you get the joint fixed up – this is probably hard to imagine if you are pre-op, but it’s true. I see myself as an aging car that needs continual repair – but do have a very cool tri-bike and the ability to set airport alarms ringing.

New Stories

Jim Jenkins Hip Resurfacing with Mr. McMinn 2010
27 Apr 2017 12:38

Jim Jenkinson received a right Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) operation in 2010 performed by Mr McMinn. Jim shares his thoughts and physiotherapy progress in the immediate stages of recovery for the [ ... ]

Mr. McMinnRead More
Wayne Morris Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Rogerson 2016
18 Apr 2017 13:40Wayne Morris Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Rogerson 2016

Just wanted to update the progress of my resurfaced hip done on August 18th. Three days ago I finished a 3000km bike ride from the very top of New Zealand to the very bottom and for the entire ride  [ ... ]

Dr. RogersonRead More
Jamie's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Brooks 2017
18 Mar 2017 14:57

March 13, 2017 To start off I am a 41 year very active male.  I was always active in sports growing up and played college and semi pro football.  I would workout 5-6 days a week, basketball twice a [ ... ]

Dr. BrooksRead More
Rob's Bilateral HR with Mr. McMinn 2000 - 2015
18 Mar 2017 14:53

August 27, 2013 I had my left hip BHR resurfaced on 20th Nov 2000 by Mr D Mcminn and was working again , landscaping and race driving 3 months later. It's brilliant and has kept my right hip going mu [ ... ]

Mr. McMinnRead More
Goran H's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. De Smet 2017
16 Mar 2017 12:53Goran H's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. De Smet 2017

Just want to thank everyone involved in my Hip replacement at Anca Medical center. I had high expectations of fast recovery but this is incredible. To try walking with crutches the day after the opera [ ... ]

Dr. De SmetRead More
Andriko Hip Resurfacing with Dr. De Smet 2017
01 Mar 2017 23:51

  I am in Ghent recovering from a HR with Dr. De Smet.  I decided to go with him after I read his article on metalosis and dislocation.  Bart (surg tech) mentioned he is the top authority on metal [ ... ]

Dr. De SmetRead More
Anthony Cornicelli's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Brooks 2007
23 Feb 2017 13:29

February 22, 2017   I underwent the BHR hip resurfacing procedure in January, 2007 at the age of 53.  I remember being a bit apprehensive at first.  I realized though that I had arrived at th [ ... ]

Dr. BrooksRead More
Bruce Russell's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Rogerson 2016
19 Feb 2017 12:33Bruce Russell's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Rogerson 2016

February 16, 2017 "I am now 3 1/2 months post op from my BHR hip procedure and I can tell you I am very happy with the outcome. I have no pain, no feelings of instability, good range of motion and I  [ ... ]

Dr. RogersonRead More
Mari's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2009
30 Jan 2017 15:27

February 28, 2009 I am recovering nicely at age 62.  I have no pain, but swelling has been a problem for me.  Even after icing a lot I still have trouble with the calf of my leg being quite uncomfo [ ... ]

Dr. GrossRead More
Shelton's Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2016
05 Jan 2017 19:03

January 3, 2017 My hip pain was a creeper that did not put me totally out of commission until about a year ago. Slowly started quiting all sorts of sporting activities i used to enjoy. No more tennis [ ... ]

Dr. GrossRead More
Joe's Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2016
30 Dec 2016 22:38

December 30, 2016 I had bilateral HRA surgeries with Dr. Gross on December 12th and 14th of 2016, and am approximately two weeks and several days post surgery. I want to share my experience to others [ ... ]

Dr. GrossRead More
Tom K's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Pritchett 2016
30 Dec 2016 22:30

I am a 59 year old male. I had my hip resurfaced on June 28, 2016 with Dr. Pritchett.  I found the stories and other info on this site very useful when researching hip resurfacing.  Therefore, I’v [ ... ]

Dr. PritchettRead More
Kevin C's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Pritchett 2016
09 Dec 2016 14:34

Today’s date Dec. 4, 2016 - Surgery Date Nov. 22, 2016.  Background:  I’m a 57 year old who has experienced hip pain and resulting limitations for about 3 years.  I’m active and enjoyed runni [ ... ]

Dr. PritchettRead More
Joe's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Plakseychuk 2015
04 Dec 2016 13:35

I am just over one year removed from right hip resurfacing surgery (BHR) performed by Dr. Anton Plakseychuk at UPMC Magee in Pittsburgh, PA.  I have been hesitant to report, because it has only been  [ ... ]

Dr. PlakseychukRead More
Rob's Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Pritchett 2013
17 Nov 2016 19:54

October 15, 2015 My name is Rob, I have been reading information on this site since 2012, and never posted anything. I figured if other stories have helped me, maybe my story could help someone else. [ ... ]

Dr. PritchettRead More
Holly's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Brooks 2011
17 Nov 2016 19:44

November 30, 2011 I am new here and scheduled for BHR with Dr. Brooks on December 20.  I'm also a marathon runner. I know Dr. Brooks says I shouldn't run for a year, which pains me. December 31, 20 [ ... ]

Dr. BrooksRead More
Steve's Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Brooks 2016
14 Nov 2016 16:01

I was a little nervous leading up to the surgery.  Who wouldn’t be?  The anticipation of pain,  the anesthesia,  the inherent risk of surgery.   I watched every video and read every article on [ ... ]

Dr. BrooksRead More
Happy Brit's Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2016
08 Nov 2016 18:35

July 30, 2016 This forum was invaluable in my decision making process so time to give back. I am a 55 year old active male originally from the UK, but have lived in Orlando for 30 years. I am 6 feet  [ ... ]

Dr. GrossRead More
Other Articles

Developed in conjunction with Joomla extensions.


Visitors Counter

Highest 03-01-2017 : 1042
Statistik created: 2017-04-30T13:40:31+00:00

Web design by Patricia Walter Copyright Surface Hippy 12/11/2005
Mission Statement - Surface Hippy is a patient to patient guide to hip resurfacing.
It does not provide medical advice. It is designed to support, not to replace, the relationship between patient and clinician.
Advertising - Revenue from this site is derived from commercial advertising and individual donations.
Any advertisement is distinguished by the word "advertisement"
Privacy - Surface Hippy does not share email addresses or personal information with any group or organization.
Content - Surface Hippy is not controlled or influenced by any medical companies, doctors or hospitals.
All content is controlled by Patricia Walter - Joint Health Sites LLC

Go to top