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[REVISION THR] Hip Resurfacing conversion to THR

FailedBHR

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I had great hopes with a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) which lasted one year, it was great for a year as I like to ski, but I got a large psuedotumor complication and just had it revised. They where able to use the cup and then I have the traditional ceramic plastic metal spike in my femur versus a recovering as in BHR.

My hip feels natural as the BHR did and the recovery is easier, I have a non desk job so I am off work for 2 months a second time now I worry about loosing my job.
I went to Mayo and Froedtert - big medical centers - and both places do not do them because of metallosis which I got from metal an metal bearing and 300 cc's of darkish fluid drained off my hip after they cleaned up all the muscle necrosis. No matter what they tell you having your hip revised from a BHR is not easy and had they not been able to save the cup the new cup needs the pelvis dished out deeper, bone grafting and a very difficult procedure it becomes. Studies say a large amount of BHR revisions have complications like 30 percent can have revisions so take this bone sparing BHR conversion "not litely".

Is it worth the chance to have your hip ripped out again if it fails? I really really like to ski, and am a risky impulsive guy. I would say no, the conventional hips of today are pretty strong.

Once you have one hip surgery you will not want another but you have no choice if you get metallosis. Brings tears to my eyes the fear, the huge soft bulge I got on the side of my leg, the extra money and time lost from work and the wages again! Thanks best of luck!
 
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@FailedBHR ,
You'll notice that I have moved your newest post and started your recovery thread. For several reasons, we prefer that you have your own recovery thread:
  • That way, we have all your information in one place. This makes it easier to go back and review your history before providing advice.
  • With your own recovery thread, you will see the posts and advice others have left for you.
  • Having only one thread will act as a diary of your progress that you can look back on.
So please post any updates, questions or concerns about your recovery here. If you prefer a different thread title, just post what you want and we'll get it changed for you.
If you need an urgent response to a question, just tag a member of staff.
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Here are the instructions on finding your thread, How can I find my threads and posts? . Many members bookmark their thread, so they can find it when they log on.
 

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@FailedBHR ,
Welcome to BoneSmart, glad you joined us!

Thanks for sharing your experience about hip resurfacing.
Please post your surgery dates, a moderator will add it to your signature for you. Having the exact date will help us properly advise you.
Your acronym BHR is not clear, do you mean Bilateral Hip Resurfacing?

Here is your copy of the Hip Recovery Guidelines, the articles are short and will not take long to read.

Hip Recovery: The Guidelines

1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
elevate
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​
3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​
4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
5. At week 4 and after you should follow this
6. Access these pages on the website

Pain management and the pain chart
Healing: how long does it take?
Chart representation of THR recovery

Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
Energy drain for THRs
Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key
Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.

We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.
 

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Hi, Welcome to BoneSmart! Thanks for joining us. I'm sorry for all you've been through.
Wishing you comfort and complete healing. I hope you have a good week!
@FailedBHR
 

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