Hip Resurfacing Surgery last week went well

I just had hip resurfacing surgery done last Friday, January 20, at HSS hospital in New York. Dr. Edwin Su performed the surgery. He’s done about 4,500 hip resurfacing surgeries. I flew to New York from Georgia specifically to see Dr. Su. I was referred by another runner. I’m a 67-year-old endurance runner. Multiple marathons and Ironman Triathlons. Dr. Su said he would have me back and running any distance I wished. I am one-week post-op and ahead of schedule. Walking with a cane. The joint pain is gone. The surgery pain took 4 days to pass. Now have some stiffness from hip surgery. Stretching and PT will take care of the stiffness. Plan to take 3 months of walking, then begin biking, and begin jogging in 6 months. Could do all this sooner if I wished but want to be conservative. The material used is an alloy of cobalt chromium made by Smith & Nephew in England. Only downside is expense. Dr. Su does not accept Medicare although the hospital HSS does. HSS is the number 1 rated orthopedic hospital in the U.S.

4 thoughts on “Hip Resurfacing Surgery last week went well

  1. Congrats CMC! That is GREAT NEWS!!!! You are one of a small but growing list of Hiprunners who opted for resurfacing over Total Hip Replacement. please keep us posted on your progress because I am sure there are many who are wondering which route is the best way to go. THR? Or Resurfacing? Your feedback will be VERY helpful for them.

    1. It’s now been 14 weeks since the surgery, a little over 3 months, and I am extremely pleased with my progress. Yesterday I walked 6 miles on a treadmill. The past week I’ve walked 28 miles. No discomfort. My gait is getting stronger. I’ve also biked 40 miles last month and swam about 2 miles. I feel strong enough to run now and occasionally will jog on the street or treadmill to test my hip. But I quickly remind myself that I’m in this for the long haul and want to wait 6 months after surgery before I start running again. I am quite confident that I will one day run a marathon again and even another Ironman Triathlon.

  2. Dear CMC,
    My left hip needs replacing and I’m struggling with resurfacing v. THR. I’ve seen Dr. Su’s website and am considering him. How did you make your decision? And how does Dr. Su recommend running when all the other docs are so opposed to it? Is that data showing that Resurfacing takes the pounding better than THR?

    Many thanks,
    John

    1. Dr. Su was recommended to me by a fellow runner/triathlete. I was already scheduled for hip replacement surgery when my friend heard about it and contacted me. My friend said do not get hip replacement surgery because you will never run again. I had not heard of hip resurfacing before. So I Googled the name of Dr. Su and read about him. I telephoned Dr. Su’s office and scheduled an appointment. I flew to New York City and meet with Dr. Su. I was very impressed with Dr. Su. He assured me that hip resurfacing was a safe procedure and that I could run as much as I wanted after hip resurfacing surgery. I was persuaded. Dr. Su said he has done about 4,500 hip procedures, both hip resurfacing and hip replacement. Dr. Su said I was a candidate for resurfacing because my femur bone was in good condition. I am 67 years old. Dr. Su performed hip resurfacing surgery on my right hip on January 20, 2017. It’s now been 14 weeks since the surgery, a little over 3 months, and I am extremely pleased with my progress. Yesterday I walked 6 miles on a treadmill. The past week I’ve walked 28 miles. No discomfort. My gait is getting stronger. I’ve also biked 40 miles last month and swam about 2 miles. I feel strong enough to run now and occasionally will jog on the street or treadmill to test my hip. But I quickly remind myself that I’m in this for the long haul and want to wait 6 months after surgery before I start running again. I am quite confident that I will one day run a marathon again and even another Ironman Triathlon.

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