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Posted 14 November 2017 - 03:13 PM

why the poly and not ceramic?


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 03:31 PM

 tyorke1, on 14 November 2017 - 03:13 PM, said:

why the poly and not ceramic?

That's what my surgeon said he prefers and uses on all of his young patients when he can. The ball is ceramic, the liner is a vitamin-E infused HXPE

I find this video to be pretty cool: https://youtu.be/tbRibQsIowM

Biolox Delta: https://www.ceramtec...lox/ball-heads/  

Liner material: http://www.zimmerbio...lyethylene.html

I'm hopeful to get 30+ years out of the ball and liner, would be nice to only need 1 revision.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 02:51 PM

My surgeon did ceramic on poly as well. I am 41 and he seems to think it should be at least 15 years, probably 18-20. He does posterior approach... As said by a few others, the first two days were hard, and now every day is an improvement. I was told at least 8 weeks before golf, I will probably be more like 11 or so as my holidays start at week 8 and we are heading out for three weeks.
I am now at 2.5 weeks and am using one crutch as I wobble without.

I really only feel the cut now usually. I still can't lie on the right side but it was suggested that actually won't happen until the staples are out. That is happening on Sunday. 

Today was the first day I actually thought how things might be moving forward, not having pain. I think that is the biggest thing... I don't think I realized how much being in the pain for three years actually affected so much. I am looking forward to January and being cleared to do a lot more. There is a small chance of golfing before Xmas, but I think since we are heading out I will wait until I return to actually try.

Long story short, things are literally improving day to day. If you know of anyone debating getting it done, as of right now, I would say do it, it seems to be good so far.



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Posted 15 November 2017 - 03:11 PM

Thanks, I found the last two yrs  I was manipulating the swing and if I had to walk the last nine was brutal. looking forward getting it done

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 04:41 AM

Today I had to the Dr for the removal of the staples and a check in. PT is going on three times a week (I am lucky with my health care and the clinic is three minutes away) and every day I am getting stronger and stronger. I am definitely itching to get out in the course, I see the following view from my bedroom every day:

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Yup, that is a night picture, the course is fully lit for night play.

Looking forward to the continual healing and that first drive when back.


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Posted 19 November 2017 - 01:37 PM

nice keep me posted , thanks

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Posted 19 December 2017 - 09:44 PM

had the same surgery posterio with same materials. tomorrow is 2 week post op , things are good walking with a cain . He did put me on a antibiotic to make sure of no infection. overall pleased with how things are going. Keep me posted when you think yo can hit balls,

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 03:05 AM

 tyorke1, on 19 December 2017 - 09:44 PM, said:

had the same surgery posterio with same materials. tomorrow is 2 week post op , things are good walking with a cain . He did put me on a antibiotic to make sure of no infection. overall pleased with how things are going. Keep me posted when you think yo can hit balls,

I am at 7 weeks today. The kids had a little par three tourney on the weekend, so I was in charge of a foursome, hit a few wedges so that was good. I did take a cart as my back gets a bit sore still walking - I used two crutches for maybe 3 weeks, then one the last three and got rid of the crutch on Thursday. The wound is all healed up, and now it is about getting all of the muscles working properly again, not working in the weird compensated way that they were working the last three years. I get a literal pain in the a** as well in weird spots in my back where muscles connect and move towards your bottom.

Ortho said 8 weeks to golf, he legitimately must mean getting out there and doing light work, as there is no way I would do a full swinging motion as of right now. I can't pull up my foot and cross my operated leg over the other to put on socks, for example. There is still some pain in these types of movements.

My physio is really good and I have been learning a lot about the hip, all the different muscles, weird ones that do things I didn't even know about and about realistic returns. The fast turning motion would probably cause problems and set me back.

I have a three week holiday starting tomorrow, the thought between myself and my physio is that if I am consistently doing my exercises and walking everyday, when I get back I should probably be good to go. That will be around 10.5 weeks or so. She did stress that it is smarter to take it slow, as an injury will set me back weeks.

I researched for hours the various things surrounding this, including healing etc, the reality is that, yes, as far as common surgery's, a hip replacement is quite easy and successful. I have learned that easy surgeries don't necessarily mean easy recovery.  I do know people can heal really quick and be doing crazy active stuff really early, but I truly believe that is outside the norm. In all her years, my physio said that my recovery is right on par/track for what should be expected. As a matter of fact, just two days ago she said she wished docs would be more open and realistic with patients and tell them that 12 weeks tends to be around the point where people are healed up and strong enough to start going back to old activities (if they have been doing their exercises!).

I was feeling a bit down, as if I was slow in healing etc and was reassured that no, where I was at was legitimately where most people would be and that it is coming along well. Both my gp and physio made some good points and had me think about where I was at the day I left the hospital, where I was a week after the operation, three weeks after and then three days ago. I am legitimately improving every day, but the body needs time to relearn what it has been doing wrong.

Long, a bit meandering, but I think you get the picture.  Also, I am totally pain free for the first time in three years, I wouldn't hesitate to tell people to go and do it...

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 03:16 AM

 eighteen, on 20 December 2017 - 03:05 AM, said:

 tyorke1, on 19 December 2017 - 09:44 PM, said:

had the same surgery posterio with same materials. tomorrow is 2 week post op , things are good walking with a cain . He did put me on a antibiotic to make sure of no infection. overall pleased with how things are going. Keep me posted when you think yo can hit balls,

I am at 7 weeks today. The kids had a little par three tourney on the weekend, so I was in charge of a foursome, hit a few wedges so that was good. I did take a cart as my back gets a bit sore still walking - I used two crutches for maybe 3 weeks, then one the last three and got rid of the crutch on Thursday. The wound is all healed up, and now it is about getting all of the muscles working properly again, not working in the weird compensated way that they were working the last three years. I get a literal pain in the a** as well in weird spots in my back where muscles connect and move towards your bottom.

Ortho said 8 weeks to golf, he legitimately must mean getting out there and doing light work, as there is no way I would do a full swinging motion as of right now. I can't pull up my foot and cross my operated leg over the other to put on socks, for example. There is still some pain in these types of movements.

My physio is really good and I have been learning a lot about the hip, all the different muscles, weird ones that do things I didn't even know about and about realistic returns. The fast turning motion would probably cause problems and set me back.

I have a three week holiday starting tomorrow, the thought between myself and my physio is that if I am consistently doing my exercises and walking everyday, when I get back I should probably be good to go. That will be around 10.5 weeks or so. She did stress that it is smarter to take it slow, as an injury will set me back weeks.

I researched for hours the various things surrounding this, including healing etc, the reality is that, yes, as far as common surgery's, a hip replacement is quite easy and successful. I have learned that easy surgeries don't necessarily mean easy recovery.  I do know people can heal really quick and be doing crazy active stuff really early, but I truly believe that is outside the norm. In all her years, my physio said that my recovery is right on par/track for what should be expected. As a matter of fact, just two days ago she said she wished docs would be more open and realistic with patients and tell them that 12 weeks tends to be around the point where people are healed up and strong enough to start going back to old activities (if they have been doing their exercises!).

I was feeling a bit down, as if I was slow in healing etc and was reassured that no, where I was at was legitimately where most people would be and that it is coming along well. Both my gp and physio made some good points and had me think about where I was at the day I left the hospital, where I was a week after the operation, three weeks after and then three days ago. I am legitimately improving every day, but the body needs time to relearn what it has been doing wrong.

Long, a bit meandering, but I think you get the picture.  Also, I am totally pain free for the first time in three years, I wouldn't hesitate to tell people to go and do it...

What your experiencing is 100% normal. The mental game was the hardest on me. Wondering if I would get better. If my progress was normal. Research is lacking on recovery especially for patients in the younger end of the spectrum. I agree that your right I track! Stay positive which at times hard to do and not get down a bit. You will Be hitting bombs in no time

 eighteen, on 20 December 2017 - 03:05 AM, said:

 tyorke1, on 19 December 2017 - 09:44 PM, said:

had the same surgery posterio with same materials. tomorrow is 2 week post op , things are good walking with a cain . He did put me on a antibiotic to make sure of no infection. overall pleased with how things are going. Keep me posted when you think yo can hit balls,

I am at 7 weeks today. The kids had a little par three tourney on the weekend, so I was in charge of a foursome, hit a few wedges so that was good. I did take a cart as my back gets a bit sore still walking - I used two crutches for maybe 3 weeks, then one the last three and got rid of the crutch on Thursday. The wound is all healed up, and now it is about getting all of the muscles working properly again, not working in the weird compensated way that they were working the last three years. I get a literal pain in the a** as well in weird spots in my back where muscles connect and move towards your bottom.

Ortho said 8 weeks to golf, he legitimately must mean getting out there and doing light work, as there is no way I would do a full swinging motion as of right now. I can't pull up my foot and cross my operated leg over the other to put on socks, for example. There is still some pain in these types of movements.

My physio is really good and I have been learning a lot about the hip, all the different muscles, weird ones that do things I didn't even know about and about realistic returns. The fast turning motion would probably cause problems and set me back.

I have a three week holiday starting tomorrow, the thought between myself and my physio is that if I am consistently doing my exercises and walking everyday, when I get back I should probably be good to go. That will be around 10.5 weeks or so. She did stress that it is smarter to take it slow, as an injury will set me back weeks.

I researched for hours the various things surrounding this, including healing etc, the reality is that, yes, as far as common surgery's, a hip replacement is quite easy and successful. I have learned that easy surgeries don't necessarily mean easy recovery.  I do know people can heal really quick and be doing crazy active stuff really early, but I truly believe that is outside the norm. In all her years, my physio said that my recovery is right on par/track for what should be expected. As a matter of fact, just two days ago she said she wished docs would be more open and realistic with patients and tell them that 12 weeks tends to be around the point where people are healed up and strong enough to start going back to old activities (if they have been doing their exercises!).

I was feeling a bit down, as if I was slow in healing etc and was reassured that no, where I was at was legitimately where most people would be and that it is coming along well. Both my gp and physio made some good points and had me think about where I was at the day I left the hospital, where I was a week after the operation, three weeks after and then three days ago. I am legitimately improving every day, but the body needs time to relearn what it has been doing wrong.

Long, a bit meandering, but I think you get the picture.  Also, I am totally pain free for the first time in three years, I wouldn't hesitate to tell people to go and do it...

What your experiencing is 100% normal. The mental game was the hardest on me. Wondering if I would get better. If my progress was normal. Research is lacking on recovery especially for patients in the younger end of the spectrum. I agree that your right I track! Stay positive which at times hard to do and not get down a bit. You will Be hitting bombs in no time

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 03:17 AM

Some more info:

Re- antibiotics, every doc does it different, I was on them for the days in the hospital via my IV- that was four days - I was definitely really careful with the wound when I got home - I always had a bandage on it, and when i showered i wrapped up with saran wrap AND duct taped around it to try and prevent any water getting in. I also would change the bandage right after the shower and wipe the wound down with rubbing alcohol.

Blood thinners - most docs tend to give them, I had a shot every day for 31 days after the surgery. My wife did them, as I can't do that to myself. My colleague had a replacement and couldn't do the needles so she had a daily aspirin instead

Cane vs crutch - I found the crutch easier to use, it was the metal type that has the plastic u-part that holds onto your forearm. I have a cane, but it just seemed a tiny bit too short so I got more pain walking with it.


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Posted 20 December 2017 - 03:29 AM

Too true about the mental part. Sunday I had my PT and GP visit, and I was close to breakdown in both of them. One good reason not to read too much on the internet about recovery, as you will always find the few people that miraculously were back at it 4 weeks in...

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Posted 20 December 2017 - 11:13 AM

 kenwiggins11, on 20 December 2017 - 03:16 AM, said:

 eighteen, on 20 December 2017 - 03:05 AM, said:

 tyorke1, on 19 December 2017 - 09:44 PM, said:

had the same surgery posterio with same materials. tomorrow is 2 week post op , things are good walking with a cain . He did put me on a antibiotic to make sure of no infection. overall pleased with how things are going. Keep me posted when you think yo can hit balls,

I am at 7 weeks today. The kids had a little par three tourney on the weekend, so I was in charge of a foursome, hit a few wedges so that was good. I did take a cart as my back gets a bit sore still walking - I used two crutches for maybe 3 weeks, then one the last three and got rid of the crutch on Thursday. The wound is all healed up, and now it is about getting all of the muscles working properly again, not working in the weird compensated way that they were working the last three years. I get a literal pain in the a** as well in weird spots in my back where muscles connect and move towards your bottom.

Ortho said 8 weeks to golf, he legitimately must mean getting out there and doing light work, as there is no way I would do a full swinging motion as of right now. I can't pull up my foot and cross my operated leg over the other to put on socks, for example. There is still some pain in these types of movements.

My physio is really good and I have been learning a lot about the hip, all the different muscles, weird ones that do things I didn't even know about and about realistic returns. The fast turning motion would probably cause problems and set me back.

I have a three week holiday starting tomorrow, the thought between myself and my physio is that if I am consistently doing my exercises and walking everyday, when I get back I should probably be good to go. That will be around 10.5 weeks or so. She did stress that it is smarter to take it slow, as an injury will set me back weeks.

I researched for hours the various things surrounding this, including healing etc, the reality is that, yes, as far as common surgery's, a hip replacement is quite easy and successful. I have learned that easy surgeries don't necessarily mean easy recovery.  I do know people can heal really quick and be doing crazy active stuff really early, but I truly believe that is outside the norm. In all her years, my physio said that my recovery is right on par/track for what should be expected. As a matter of fact, just two days ago she said she wished docs would be more open and realistic with patients and tell them that 12 weeks tends to be around the point where people are healed up and strong enough to start going back to old activities (if they have been doing their exercises!).

I was feeling a bit down, as if I was slow in healing etc and was reassured that no, where I was at was legitimately where most people would be and that it is coming along well. Both my gp and physio made some good points and had me think about where I was at the day I left the hospital, where I was a week after the operation, three weeks after and then three days ago. I am legitimately improving every day, but the body needs time to relearn what it has been doing wrong.

Long, a bit meandering, but I think you get the picture.  Also, I am totally pain free for the first time in three years, I wouldn't hesitate to tell people to go and do it...

What your experiencing is 100% normal. The mental game was the hardest on me. Wondering if I would get better. If my progress was normal. Research is lacking on recovery especially for patients in the younger end of the spectrum. I agree that your right I track! Stay positive which at times hard to do and not get down a bit. You will Be hitting bombs in no time

 eighteen, on 20 December 2017 - 03:05 AM, said:

 tyorke1, on 19 December 2017 - 09:44 PM, said:

had the same surgery posterio with same materials. tomorrow is 2 week post op , things are good walking with a cain . He did put me on a antibiotic to make sure of no infection. overall pleased with how things are going. Keep me posted when you think yo can hit balls,

I am at 7 weeks today. The kids had a little par three tourney on the weekend, so I was in charge of a foursome, hit a few wedges so that was good. I did take a cart as my back gets a bit sore still walking - I used two crutches for maybe 3 weeks, then one the last three and got rid of the crutch on Thursday. The wound is all healed up, and now it is about getting all of the muscles working properly again, not working in the weird compensated way that they were working the last three years. I get a literal pain in the a** as well in weird spots in my back where muscles connect and move towards your bottom.

Ortho said 8 weeks to golf, he legitimately must mean getting out there and doing light work, as there is no way I would do a full swinging motion as of right now. I can't pull up my foot and cross my operated leg over the other to put on socks, for example. There is still some pain in these types of movements.

My physio is really good and I have been learning a lot about the hip, all the different muscles, weird ones that do things I didn't even know about and about realistic returns. The fast turning motion would probably cause problems and set me back.

I have a three week holiday starting tomorrow, the thought between myself and my physio is that if I am consistently doing my exercises and walking everyday, when I get back I should probably be good to go. That will be around 10.5 weeks or so. She did stress that it is smarter to take it slow, as an injury will set me back weeks.

I researched for hours the various things surrounding this, including healing etc, the reality is that, yes, as far as common surgery's, a hip replacement is quite easy and successful. I have learned that easy surgeries don't necessarily mean easy recovery.  I do know people can heal really quick and be doing crazy active stuff really early, but I truly believe that is outside the norm. In all her years, my physio said that my recovery is right on par/track for what should be expected. As a matter of fact, just two days ago she said she wished docs would be more open and realistic with patients and tell them that 12 weeks tends to be around the point where people are healed up and strong enough to start going back to old activities (if they have been doing their exercises!).

I was feeling a bit down, as if I was slow in healing etc and was reassured that no, where I was at was legitimately where most people would be and that it is coming along well. Both my gp and physio made some good points and had me think about where I was at the day I left the hospital, where I was a week after the operation, three weeks after and then three days ago. I am legitimately improving every day, but the body needs time to relearn what it has been doing wrong.

Long, a bit meandering, but I think you get the picture.  Also, I am totally pain free for the first time in three years, I wouldn't hesitate to tell people to go and do it...

What your experiencing is 100% normal. The mental game was the hardest on me. Wondering if I would get better. If my progress was normal. Research is lacking on recovery especially for patients in the younger end of the spectrum. I agree that your right I track! Stay positive which at times hard to do and not get down a bit. You will Be hitting bombs in no time

Here's some thoughts on all the previous remarks, as I approach my 1 year hip anniversary in a week:

1. All surgeries and recoveries are different - you'll be told very general time frames for milestones and recoveries, but the truth is everyone's anatomy is different. Everyone's issues are different. The surgeon's work will have small variances every surgery (they aren't robots). Trust in what your doctor, and especially your physical therapist is telling you.

2. The mental aspect is very tough as well. Your in pain, your function is very limited, and it takes time. It's easy to start running all kinds of scenarios in your head, like "will I ever be able to do this again" or "will I ever be the same", etc. Set small goals and focus on meeting them. I'll walk "X" amount every day this week and continue to build. Same for exercises or range of motion.

3. Back to PT - be super honest and open with your PT, tell them what is still hard to do, what causes pain, and any concerns. The more information they have, the better than can try to diagnose problem areas/muscles/movements and give you the proper work to do.

In some aspects I was really lucky in my recovery. I stopped taking pain killers after 2 days, I was walking without any aids and driving after like 11 days, and had a great early recovery. I played 18 holes (with a cart) at around 8 weeks and I mean full-on 100% swinging every club without pain. But because of previous compensations and weakness my body learned a really poor way in order to avoid the pain pre-surgery. I would get really bad kneed pain in my operated leg, even after walking fairly short distances. So much so I would have to really lean on things to walk around. It took close to 3 months of on and off PT work to finally pin-point issues, get the right muscles activating for the right movements and in general getting my posterior chain working correctly when I walked.
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Posted 20 December 2017 - 11:15 AM

 eighteen, on 20 December 2017 - 03:05 AM, said:

 tyorke1, on 19 December 2017 - 09:44 PM, said:

had the same surgery posterio with same materials. tomorrow is 2 week post op , things are good walking with a cain . He did put me on a antibiotic to make sure of no infection. overall pleased with how things are going. Keep me posted when you think yo can hit balls,

I am at 7 weeks today. The kids had a little par three tourney on the weekend, so I was in charge of a foursome, hit a few wedges so that was good. I did take a cart as my back gets a bit sore still walking - I used two crutches for maybe 3 weeks, then one the last three and got rid of the crutch on Thursday. The wound is all healed up, and now it is about getting all of the muscles working properly again, not working in the weird compensated way that they were working the last three years. I get a literal pain in the a** as well in weird spots in my back where muscles connect and move towards your bottom.

Ortho said 8 weeks to golf, he legitimately must mean getting out there and doing light work, as there is no way I would do a full swinging motion as of right now. I can't pull up my foot and cross my operated leg over the other to put on socks, for example. There is still some pain in these types of movements.

My physio is really good and I have been learning a lot about the hip, all the different muscles, weird ones that do things I didn't even know about and about realistic returns. The fast turning motion would probably cause problems and set me back.

I have a three week holiday starting tomorrow, the thought between myself and my physio is that if I am consistently doing my exercises and walking everyday, when I get back I should probably be good to go. That will be around 10.5 weeks or so. She did stress that it is smarter to take it slow, as an injury will set me back weeks.

I researched for hours the various things surrounding this, including healing etc, the reality is that, yes, as far as common surgery's, a hip replacement is quite easy and successful. I have learned that easy surgeries don't necessarily mean easy recovery.  I do know people can heal really quick and be doing crazy active stuff really early, but I truly believe that is outside the norm. In all her years, my physio said that my recovery is right on par/track for what should be expected. As a matter of fact, just two days ago she said she wished docs would be more open and realistic with patients and tell them that 12 weeks tends to be around the point where people are healed up and strong enough to start going back to old activities (if they have been doing their exercises!).

I was feeling a bit down, as if I was slow in healing etc and was reassured that no, where I was at was legitimately where most people would be and that it is coming along well. Both my gp and physio made some good points and had me think about where I was at the day I left the hospital, where I was a week after the operation, three weeks after and then three days ago. I am legitimately improving every day, but the body needs time to relearn what it has been doing wrong.

Long, a bit meandering, but I think you get the picture.  Also, I am totally pain free for the first time in three years, I wouldn't hesitate to tell people to go and do it...

Pretty normal, even though I played my first full round 3 months post op I really did not have full mental confidence back for almost 18 months. Even today 5 years later I feel like I am still getting stronger
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Posted 20 December 2017 - 12:36 PM

there's allot of us, thanks for all the responses, I am gearing towards 12-16 weeks and okay with that.

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 07:22 PM

 eighteen, on 20 December 2017 - 03:29 AM, said:

Too true about the mental part. Sunday I had my PT and GP visit, and I was close to breakdown in both of them. One good reason not to read too much on the internet about recovery, as you will always find the few people that miraculously were back at it 4 weeks in...

Yeah - don't believe all that you hear. i had someone tell me they were back at work in a week. It took me like 7-8 weeks to get back to work - and i was still hurting when i went back.

Patient's disease process is different (RA is different than DJD and thats different than AVN) age is different, degree of muscle dysfunction different - all of those effect length of recovery.

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