I am only Day-6 as I had my surgery on May 22nd at Apollo Specialty Hospital in Chennia, India. But as I sit here on the patio deck on a balmy night listening to the waves crash
from the Bay of Bengal, I still have 7 more days of recoup time ahead of me, I thought everything is super fresh in my mind (and I took copious notes to boot).
As for me, I am male, 54 years old, live in Stratford, Connecticut with wife who is an RN and our 2 dogs Gatsby and Guinness. I had never had any hip issues until last Winter, we had storm after storm and thought that I had tweaked my groin while shoveling snow. No big deal, it will go away on its own or a little Tiger Balm will do the trick. Well, weeks go by and perhaps, I believe I pulled a muscle? I go see my PCP and orders an X-ray which shows mild narrowing and a small spur is visible, and am told no big deal.
My primary now sends me to a Urologist who make me turn and cough and sing moon river (lol). All is good with that area. I start to make bi-Monthly therapy massage appointment at a spa, which give minor ROM help, but painful to go through. THEN, I seek out the naturalist approach from the East and 20 Acupuncture sessions along with cold laser applications, nothing helps. Finally, suggest going to a sports rehab trainer who is the ”Joda” of PT and works miracles. He diagnosis me with a torn pulled Ilio Posas muscle and
After a Month or three of “painful” adjustments and treatments, he suggests to take another x ray to see if it has worsened. This time the films show a total bone on bone situation and complete loss of buffering. With no insurance at the time, I send my films to
Dr. Bose as well as Dr. Su at HSS in New York City. I include Dr. Bose’s address to show him being copied on the emails. I feel very fortunate that Dr. Su responded to me on his personal email to say that I would be a good candidate for a BHR operation and that he has the highest regards for Dr. Bose in India. Today.
I am 4 Months post-op and EVERYTHING is great! I have a new found respect for both Indian medicine and their culture. I just had a slight exit visa issue which Mr. Mohan greatly assisted me with which just involved taking another pic and having someone go to the consulate and have it officially stamped.
As for my surgery, it was textbook, except for the fact that I ended up getting a THR and a Delta-Motion device instead of my desired BHR. Dr. Bose , who has done Thousands of these procedures, called my hip “The hottest and angriest bone he has ever seen” so I had to have the femur knuckle cut off and given a Total Hip replacement. I was bummed at the time, but now know that it was the only course of action, once I was on the table. The nurses at Apollo where fabulous, at times, I had two “sisters” just to pamper me as the floor was almost empty of other patients. I only met an Australian gentleman in his early 30’s while I was going my rehab walking.
I was in the hospital for 5 days and saw Dr. Bose on 4 of the 5 days, unbelievable in the US. I spent my 11 day recovery at Fisherman’s Cove, about 45 minutes away. My feelings are mixed about staying there as it was verrrry expensive compared to just staying next door at the Rain tree Ana Salia. It was just too hot to be outside anyway and I had to get my walking in my 8 AM or it was just too humid and oppressive
after that to be outside.
My flights went off without an issue and the only pain or discomfort was on the 18 hour flight home sitting on my incision was not fun. If any one has mixed feelings about going abroad for surgery, just do it! I di use the Medical Tourism company as a liason between the hospital, flights, hotels, etc. They worked out to be an asset. ANY other questions, feel free to ask! Today, I am once again pain free, and the only time that I think about it is when someone asks me about it.
Bill / Connecticut