Really sorry to hear about the difficulties.
One thing to remember is that different docs fit into different 'niches' and they tend to
advocate for what they do. You might want to send X-rays to a few resurfacing docs (De
Smet, Bose, Gross) who will give you an opinion from that side of things.
I found out about resurfacing from a doc in Vancouver (Ed Sparling) several years ago
when he was doing Cormet trials. I don't remember how I found this site but I can say it
has changed MY life. I had resurfacing last month and I already feel like a new person. I
really do give thanks every day. From personal experience, I can tell you that the surgery
is not something to fear, it's a bridge to walk across to a new life...if that's what is right
for you. Wishing you all the best.
LBHR De Smet 12/18/07
Rod Windle, Ph.D.
--- In surfacehippy@
> First off I would just like to say that I am so appreciative that
> there are sites like this one to help fellow patients make informed
> decisions about health care. Thanks to everyone who has shared their
> I am a new poster, although I have been reading posts for a little
> while. I am gathering information as I am afraid hip resurfacing may
> be in my future. I am 5.5 months post op from a bi-lateral hipscope
> for femeroactabular impingment. This surgery in August 07 was
> actually a revision to my right side, which was originally scoped in
> May of 06, and a "first timer" for my left. My right was doing well
> until at 9 months post-op I did some stupid stuff and re-injured it.
> along with the left.
> This recent bilateral surgery has been much, much more difficult and
> so far I have been very disappointed with my recovery. After my May
> 06 scope, I was really doing well at 5 months. Lots of walking and
> other activities that I had not been able to do for a long time.
> I am not sure if I just need to be more patient with this recent
> surgery and wait it out, or if this surgery has been a failure. Part
> of the problem in figuring that out is that the surgeons are so vague
> about the recovery process for hipscopes. I do know that the more
> work you need to have done the longer the recovery process ( and the
> less likely for a successful result). They tell you that recovery can
> take a full year. I guess I need to give it the full amount of time.
> I have been on the yahoo group for hipscopes and the FAI group, where
> I have seen the gamut when it comes to recoveries. Some are literally
> dancing and running at 3 months, others don't feel well for a full
> year. At 5 months I still cant flex my hip more than 90 degrees,
> can't do more than a flight of stairs, cant walk more than 20
> minutes, cant get down on the floor or get back up. Any of these
> activites really flare up my pain, all the way into the feet. I can
> tell my doc is not happy with those results, but he just says that I
> still have enough cartilage and to give the recovery a year.
> Anyways, I am trying to decide if it is worth a consultation at this
> point with a resurfacing doctor or if I should give it a few more
> months. I am so sad and frustrated I could scream!
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