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Personal Hip Stories / Re: Mini-hip one year follow-up
« Last post by Specht on September 04, 2017, 12:39:10 PM »

Great report.  Glad to hear things are go here for online bingo so well.  I will post your story on the main site when you finish up.


It's good to hear that you're doing well!
General THR Discussion / New Surgeon Ratings Website by Consumers’ Checkbook
« Last post by pwalter on May 23, 2017, 12:27:47 PM »
Interesting new surgeon rating website - Surgeon Ratings Website by Consumers’ Checkbook

Choosing the best surgeon can reduce your chances of death, complications, or other bad outcomes. This website, based on analyses of more than five million surgeries done in hospital by more than 50,000 surgeons, shows you which surgeons’ patients Checkbook found had the lowest (or highest) rates of deaths, prolonged lengths of stay (indicating likely complications), or need to be readmitted to hospital, after our risk-adjustments for patient characteristics.

Longest lasting artificial hips: Norman Sharp broke Guinness World Records record

LONDON, UK — Mr. Norman Sharp was just 23 when, in November 1948, had both new hips implanted in what was then a ground-breaking operation at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore, near London; those hips have survived to this day, making him a record holder for having the longest lasting artificial hips, according to the World Record Academy.

Norman Sharp, 91, was 23 when he had the first hip replacement operation of its kind ever done on the NHS in 1948. The pensioner from Trowbridge in Wiltshire has been listed as a record-breaker for having the longest lasting artificial hips, with experts amazed at how they have survived so long.

…The hips, which are made of a special alloy called Vitallium, developed in the USA in 1932, were implanted by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Philip Newman in what many think was the first procedure of its kind by the then newly formed NHS.
Anterior Approach THR / Anterior Approach Information
« Last post by pwalter on March 06, 2016, 02:20:40 PM »
There is a lot of interest in the Anterior Approach for Total Hip Replacement.  I added a new section to the website featuring Anterior Approach Information


Anterior Approach Doctors


Anterior Approach Doctor Videos


and Personal Anterior Approach Videos


I always encourage patients to share their stories with others.  If you had a great total hip replacement that changed your life, why not help others by sharing your story.  You can post it here or send it to pwalter@surfacehippy.info  for posting on the website.

Anterior Approach THR / Animation of THR with Anterior Approach
« Last post by pwalter on February 27, 2016, 07:49:04 PM »
This is an animation, not real surgery.  It is an excellent video to learn about the anterior approach for THR.


Very interesting animation for perspective patient to learn what muscles, etc are involved with the anterior approach.
Anterior Stories / Gary's Anterior Approach THR with Dr. Schnaubelt 2015
« Last post by pwalter on February 26, 2016, 12:29:53 AM »
A week after surgery, Gary was able to walk up the stairs. A few months later, Gary was back on the golf course.

Gary’s last piece of advice: "If you have a chance to go to see Dr. Schnaubelt to have your hips done, and you don’t do that, you’re making one heck of a mistake."

Read Gary's story and see his video here:

Anterior Stories / Kerryn's Anterior Approach THR 2015
« Last post by pwalter on February 26, 2016, 12:25:51 AM »
With the anterior approach Kerryn Bailey, 54, was walking on his new hip with support three hours after returning from surgery at Ormskirk hospital.

He went home the next day.

Read his complete story here:

General THR Discussion / Hips for You and Total Hip Talk Updated
« Last post by pwalter on October 29, 2015, 08:49:31 PM »
I have updated Hips for You to a nice, new mobile responsive website using Word Press.  I have been working on it for a few weeks and I apologize if there is any inconvience.

With the update of Hips for You came an update with Total Hip Talk.  I am not the best webmaster ever and actually lost some of the members and recent posts.

I APOLOGIZE.  I have just decided to leave it as it is instead of spending too many more days trying to find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

If you can no longer log in, please just join again or send me your username and password.  I will be happy to log you in.

If some of your recent posts have disappeared - I am so sorry.  If you have time, please replacement them.  I will try to find some of them and repost them.

Again, I am sorry to cause problems, but it was time to update the site and the Total Hip Talk Discussion Group.  Sometimes we take one step forward and two back. 

Personal Hip Stories / Re: THR in Sept
« Last post by Mike D on November 26, 2013, 09:18:42 PM »
Have you tried any exercise in the swimming pool yet?
It's much lighter on the joint and of course non weight bearing so far less stress.
You say its a slow recovery but you're only a couple of months out and its still early days, I'd definitely ease up on the PT and let things happen at their own pace.
As Pat says, lots of people take a long time to recover- its just the way it is. Some people are off crutches within days and may only use a stick for a couple of days but I'd be far more cautious.
It's a huge operation we've had. My surgeon told me it takes most people 6 months to physically get over it and 12 months mentally so at two months, you're early into recovery.
Hopefully some rest will see you right but definitely get it checked out if its still painful after a few days,
Let us know how you get on, all the best,Mike.
Personal Hip Stories / Re: THR in Sept
« Last post by pwalter on November 22, 2013, 03:02:04 PM »
You can over do your PT and cause the muscles and ligaments a lot of swelling and problems.  I would take it easy, keep your leg up and ice for a few days.

If the pain doesn't go away with the rest and ice, then I would have the doctor do an x-ray to make sure the components are still placed properly and there are no obvious problems.

A lot of people take a long time to heal.  They have to take it really easy to give the body time to heal.  I don't know why we all differ so.  Some people can do one hip and heal fast, then do the other and it takes forever.

Patience is your best friend.  Again, if your pain continues, I would get back with the surgeon.

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