During my childhood and teens I did competitive figureskating and dancing. By the time I was 45, I slept with a pillow between my legs and limited walking and dancing . My first xray then showed that I had beginning arthritis. With a lot of glucosamine and MSM I made it to age 61 until I had my first hip resurface (11/14/2007). My Main problem was pain in resting position which is an indicator for bone on bone. i maintained an extreme range of motion before and after surgery.
Surgery was performed by Dr. Bose in Chennai /India and exposed a shallow socket which is a version of displasia. Now age 62 (12/10/2008) I had my second hip resurfaced as well , both recoveries were uneventful but I suffered a lot of pain during the first 2 days post op. Better pain management would have been nice. Two of my friends had food poisoning in the hospital which isn't encouraging. Other than that I can clearly recommend Apollo Hospital and their staff . Very sweet and caring nurses, results of the surgery are wonderful and well worth the long travel.
You and your readers may be interested to know that last weekend, April 18/19, 2009, just over 3 years after my BHR with Vijay Bose, I won the United States National Squash Championshiip at the 5.5 level. Additionally, in two weeks time, I am going to Scotland because, after a terrific competitive year, I have been selected to play for my country of birth - England, for the first time in my life and: at any level, at the 45+ level.
The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure and my surgeon, have transformed my life.
My BHR in Chennai, India with Dr. Bose and his team was on March 28, 2007. Back in Canada mid-April.
Timeline of post-surgery events
Completed a 'sprint' distance triathlon in Calgary, Alberta in August 2007
Commenced training for Ironman Canada in November 2007
Sprint distance triathlon - June 2008
Half Ironman Triathlon - July 2008
My 60th birthday - July 12 (Part-tay!!!)
Seattle to Portland 2 Day (about 320km) bike ride - July 12 and 13
Ironman Canada Triathlon August 2008 (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.6km run). Took an hour off my previous personal best time in three prior Ironmans (although there were a few other issues in these races).
At age 44 I became an unemployed, uninsured, disabled American. I was totally caught off guard, I've had pain before, but not this bad. I used to be sore after a workout, but not this sore. It hurt to stand for too long. It ached when I sat too long. The pain began to wake me at night and limit my sleep. The exercises and stretches I was doing weren't helping anymore and caused pain rather than easing it. I was running out of things to try on my own that would soothe my aching hips, legs and back.
I started taking karate in 1976 under George Annarino of Newark Ohio. The style I train is a mixture of Japanese and Okinawan styles. I hold a 6th degree Black Belt under the Ko-Sutemi Seiei Kan Dojo, and have won 5 NBL World Championships between 1993-1997 while competing on a National Team called "Full Contact". I also won a gold medal competing on the USA team in Mexico City at the "Mexican Olympic Festival" in 1993. My last competition before my surgery was in 2002, but the pain was too intolerable for me to compete any more. Now I currently teach Karate and Cardio Kickboxing at the Barstow Community College, and the Community Center. Since the surgery I am able to do all that I did before the osteoarthritis and am elated to have my life back.
In less that two years following his BHR, Grand Master Kopperud was awarded his 9th Degree Black-Belt on May 3, 2008
After training in TaeKwon-Do for only two years, Scott Kopperud gave up hockey to pursue the dream of achieving his Black-Belt, which he did two years later. Since that time, many years ago, he has gone on to become a Canadian National TaeKwon-Do Champion three times in both Forms and Free-Fighting, and twice in Board-Breaking. Kopperud is certified in both the "world" and "international" styles of TaeKwon-Do as a Master Instructor.
I underwent hip resurfacing surgery with Dr. Vijay C. Bose on September 10, 2007. Just over one year since my surgery, I am extremely satisfied with the results and have returned to an active lifestyle with no residual pain or discomfort whatsoever. Following is a brief history of my condition and how I came to require the services of Dr. Bose and his dedicated team.
Well the surgery went very well on Oct 11. I am in the hospital. I am suppose to check out to the ideal beach resort on Friday. It is great to be without pain in the joint. Swelling is an issue and we are working on getting it down so that I can get into my clothes to go to the resort. Everything else is going well.
This details her progress after the right BHR (second hip surgery) done in April 2007.
From: Ms Joan Gunnes
Ok, I thought you'd enjoy this...I started teaching my yoga class 13 days post op! Yes, I stood with my cane for most of it, but I could do side bends, some forward and backward bending and I did in fact teach the class! And I've been at it ever since - taught my first children's class last week - that would be about 20 days post-op and unbelievably, by last Wednesday or so (again about 24 days post-op), I sat x-legged! Now mind you, I was sitting up about 5 inches on blankets and had blocks for support under my knees, but it was a definate x-legged sitting posture.
I used to decide whether or not I would go somewhere or do something based on how far I had to walk from where I had to park. I was beyond end stage and felt like I was 60 years old. But now I feel like 40 and life seems so, so much sweeter! See you in January Vicky and nice job on the website girl, I'm very impressed with what I see.
I am a mother of four children and grandmother to eight. I always loved having my family near and celebrating the holidays, birthdays and summers with family members around. My husband and I would travel to Orlando, Florida in the winter so that they family could join us there to visit Disney World. My arthritis became so bad that I could not join in the fun and was always looking for some place to sit. We used to travel out west and hike the canyons of Utah and Colorado and that had to come to a stop. My life was put on hold and I was only 56 years old. Before my hips gave out on me, I felt like I was 39 years old. I am a great lover of gardening and that was impossible because I could not stand or bend for any length of time.
On the 13th of March I had a BHR done in Chennai by Dr. Bose. I would like to give feedback regarding my observations and experiences while there.
I left Cincinnati, OH on 3-7, arrived Chennai, India 3-9. I flew business class and cannot imagine anyone doing otherwise. I would highly encourage anyone with the means to do so to fly business class.
I entered Apollo Specialty Hospital on 3-12, a day before surgery. They ran a series of tests, EKG, blood, urine analysis, etc. I spoke briefly with Dr. Bose and some of the other doctors who are part of the team.
Christmas came early for me last year, and my orthopedic surgeon unwrapped the bandages covering my gift: a brand new Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, with a barely perceptible scar. Made in Britain and installed in India, my innovative, bone-sparing prosthetic hip is available throughout Europe, Asia, and Canada but not in the United States. "You'd expressed concern about the scar, so I used a plastic surgery technique with subcutaneous, resorbable stitches to close," explained Vijay C. Bose, a consultant at Apollo Specialty Hospital in Chennai. "When it heals, you'll hardly see it."
About ten years ago my Mom had her first hip replaced, a year later she had her second. The THR's (Total Hip Replacements) that she received then were the old poly on metal small head devices. She was told they would last her 8 -12 years before she would need revision surgery. During this time she was in her early 60's. Since then she has never been able to cross her legs or stoop down low to get something out of a kitchen cabinet. Due to her THR's she is unable to lift her grandchildren or even get down on the ground to play with them.