Smith & Nephew held a news conference over the weekend to counter some of the negative press over hip resurfacing. Check it out.
I am coming up on my six-month anniversary of surgery. I now take advanced Yoga classes, which is not something I did prior to surgery. I am bicycling 8 miles each way to work a couple times a week, which is something I did before but now I am faster. (A new bicycle helps.) I also am back to taking Aikido classes and not struggling to get up off the mat after I am thrown.
For all these things, I can thank hip resurfacing surgery.
My bad: I should have mentioned that yesterday, on my ride to work, I fell on my operated hip–and I did not even think about it until later in the day. As I was approaching my first red light, I kicked my left foot out of the clip in order to maintain balance when I came to a stop. For reasons still unknown, I tilted to the right before stopping and my right foot stayed connected to my pedal. I landed solidly on my right elbow and hip. My right elbow still hurts. The hip feels fine–my bicycle is fine, too.
Thanks for asking.
Posts to this blog have declined as the condition of my hip improves. Last week, I went out on three bicycle rides, each a little more or less than 20 miles. This weekend, I went to an advanced Yoga class and played tennis twice–not hard-core singles but fairly easy back-and-forth rallying. Today, I bicycled 7.5 miles to work, which means I have a 7.5 mile return trip.
I returned to the scene of the operation on Friday. A neighbor had his hip replaced, not resurfaced, at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Wednesday, so I stopped by for a visit. He’s in his mid to late 60s but looked like he was much stronger than I was two day post surgery. He did not have any of the nausea, dizziness, or headaches that I had, and was having no problem walking around on crutches. Needless to say, I was jealous.
I blew it. During the first couple months of recovery, I did not religiously do lateral leg lifts because they were boring. When I went to see Dr. Su for my three month follow up, he detected a slight limp and recommended that I resume them.