At the anniversary checkup for my BHR surgery I mentioned that I was planning on doing the Triple Bypass bike ride this year.
Throughout the many miles of training leading up to the ride, and during the ride itself, I didn't have a single problem with my new hip. I couldn't be more pleased with how things have turned out.
I'm feeling so well that I am also planning to do the Buffalo Classic Epic 110 again this September.
I can't thank you enough for all you have done to help me achieve my goal of completing the
Triple Bypass (not to mention being able to walk pain-free again).
I wanted to send you a note and picture to say thank you for the great surgical care I received last February.
As a result, I was able to hunt up and down the mountains of New Mexico without any problems. The picture is of an elk my son killed with his bow and I helped pack out up the mountain.
A doctor hunting with us commented that I was definitely fully recovered since
I was able to backpack the elk up the mountain. Thanks again for the great
At 65 years of age my arthritic hip had taken its toll on my overall health. I lived with pain and a pronounced limp. I could no longer ride a bike, play racquetball, sleep through the night, drive a car for more than 15 minutes or even put on my shoes let alone trim my toenails without severe pain. I had been a runner for years and still clung to the discipline despite the pain. In training for the Horsetooth Half Marathon in April of 2012 I had developed severe pain in my right hip only to find out after the race that I had a hairline fracture of the hip from the impact of bone on bone. My orthopedic physician, Dr. Steven Yemm, recommended hip replacement surgery and referred me to Dr. Rector. Dr. Yemm had had the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) replacement procedure done on his hip and gave me hope that I may be able to run again.
Dr. Rector reviewed all my options, discussing the pros and cons of each. He advised me that I was at his maximum age for the BHR procedure and that if I wanted to have it done I needed to schedule it soon. I scheduled my surgery for Sept. 19, 2012. During the pre-surgery screening Dr. Rector’s team identified a serious concern. Rather than wait until even the next day, Dr. Rector called me after hours at home and calmly discussed his concern. He had his staff arrange for additional testing the next day, even taking the time to contact my insurance and arrange for coverage. Again Dr. Rector called me the same evening from his home to share the favorable test results. I could sense his relief and the level of concern he had for my health even beyond my hip.I ran my last race the Sunday before surgery and 6 miles the day before. The level of pre-surgery orientation and training made me feel as prepared as possible for surgery and the rehab process. Dr. Rector visited me in the hospital to let me know that the surgery went well and came back the next day to monitor my progress. I went home from the hospital two days after surgery on a single crutch with manageable pain. I received in-home physical therapy for the first week at which point I had been on a single crutch for only 2 days and able to manage stairs and was walking up to a mile. After two weeks I was off all pain medication and had begun physical therapy at Rebound Sports and Physical Therapy under the tutelage of Brad Ott who has worked with a number of runners in Northern Colorado.
I had no idea how much my leg had suffered from running on the bad hip. I now was learning how to engage and activate the proper muscles, develop balance, muscle control and strength. Starting with non-weight bearing exercises, Brad had me working daily on getting my leg and hip healthy. At 4 weeks I was biking up to 20 miles and able to hike 5 miles on easy Colorado trails. I returned to work after 4 ½ weeks. By 3 months my limp was gone, I was sleeping through the night and able to drive without pain. I was hiking, climbing and had snow shoed to 11,000 ft. Putting on my shoes and even trimming my toenails was now normal. I continued to see Brad weekly where he now had me working on weight bearing exercises. At my 4 month checkup with Dr. Rector I was anxious to show him how far I had come and learn when he thought I might be able to return to running.
Dr. Rector measured my flexibility and took a survey of my progress. He told me I could start with easy running at 6 months under the guidance of Brad. With this news, Brad then introduced light impact exercises and harder workouts looking for symmetry of motion and any favoring of the reconstructed hip. At 5 months he commented that if he didn’t know he would have trouble telling which hip had been worked on. Even I couldn’t tell the difference in my new hip and my existing healthy one. I was so ready to run again.The six months finally came and I started running on the treadmill. After two weeks of gradually increasing my running without any pain in the hip I moved to the road. At seven months I was able to run 3-4 miles every other day. I knew I had a long way to go to get back into race condition but was so happy just to be able to enjoy relatively pain free running again. My final physical therapy sessions involved testing for range of motion, muscle activation and strength of my reconstructed hip versus my good leg. Brad addressed some lingering heel and knee pains with hip alignment exercises that not only relieved the pains but improved my running. I was now running 4 days a week (18-20 miles). I registered for my first race, the Houska Houska 5K on Memorial Day. I hadn’t done any speed work and only pushed myself on the Friday before the race. I was surprised at the 24:39 time I registered on my watch. Eight months after surgery and I was a runner again!
I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Rector, Stacy and the rest of his staff for the excellent care and support they have provided. Likewise I would like to extend my appreciation to Brad and his staff at Rebound. I have been told that the surgery can be done by a qualified surgeon but the therapy is the key to full recovery. Certainly Dr. Rector’s expertise put me in the best position to maximize my recovery but without Brad taking a personal interest in making me a better runner I would have settled for much less than he ultimately required of me. He went way beyond just my hip and addressed a number of other related aches and pains. I fully plan to continue to be active and again run for many years. I feel like Dr. Rector and Brad Ott have literally given me back years of quality pain free life and the activities that I love.
Note: Recently David was profiled in the the Daily Coloradoan. Click here to read their story.
After a lifetime of almost unlimited activity that included pretty much every ball sport, backpacking, skiing, long distance running and cycling, increasing pain and limited range of motion started to have a major impact on my life. I began dropping one activity after another as my aching hips deteriorated. Toward the end, I limped constantly and I was having difficulty getting on and off of my bicycle. I was 58 years old when I received the news from my orthopedic surgeon that I needed two new hips. I was shocked and completely demoralized by this revelation, and terrified about the medical procedures I knew awaited me. I wasn’t sure I was up to the challenge. It was perhaps the lowest point of my life. Fortunately, I sought out Dr. Rector for a second opinion.
Dr. Rector confirmed the original diagnosis, but he also carefully explained how hip resurfacing could potentially allow me to recover many of my favorite activities. He was very precise and confident during our consultation, which had a dramatic impact on my outlook. What had originally seemed impossible to me, suddenly became difficult, but entirely possible. I started dreaming about being active again, without any pain. Dr. Rector had given me hope.I had my right hip resurfaced by Dr. Rector on November 30, 2011 at Boulder Community Hospital. Virtually everyone I interacted with at BCH expressed admiration for Dr. Rector, and confidence in the hip resurfacing procedure. It was apparent to me that everyone brought their “A” game when caring for “Rector’s patients”.
The nurses leading the joint replacement class raved about the remarkable recoveries they had seen. Leslie Glover, who does many of Dr. Rector’s pre-surgical physicals, was extremely complimentary of Dr. Rector and his team. She assured me that I was in the best of hands. On the day of my first surgery, the anesthesiologist told me that Dr. Rector was going to operate on his knee in a few weeks. The positive information flowing at me from so many people made me very confident that things were going to turn out well. I’m pretty sure that I was smiling as I lost consciousness. The results of my first procedure were outstanding, and my recovery was uneventful. Unfortunately as I started to increase my activity level, my left hip deteriorated even further, setting me back physically and emotionally. What a roller coaster ride!
On June 11, 2012 Dr. Rector resurfaced my left hip at BCH. The results from this procedure were also outstanding, and my recovery was predictably uneventful. I had learned from the first experience, that if I followed the instructions given to me by Dr. Rector and his team at BCH, that everything would be fine. The recoveries required serious effort on my part, but during my time in the hospital, I left everything up to the medical professionals. I was never frightened or worried about what was happening.Since Dr. Rector resurfaced my second hip, I’ve spent two weeks enjoying the big waves of Costa Rica, climbed to the top of Yosemite Falls, walked the hilltop trails of Philosopher’s Way in Heidelberg, Germany, hiked the snow covered Engstligenalp Plateau in Switzerland, spent an entire day exploring the ruins of Pompeii, Italy and climbed many of the local mountains here in Colorado.
Next winter I plan on skiing again! I will be 60 years old in a couple of months, but can honestly say that I am more active now, and enjoying life much more than I was just a few years ago. I am planning adventures that would have been unthinkable two years ago.
Dr. Rector, meeting you was a life changing event for me. This testimonial, which you have my permission to use on your website, and to share with others, does not adequately convey my appreciation for all that you have done for me. Thank you for giving me hope, when there was none, and for giving me a bright future, when mine appeared to be very dark.
I had a (Birmingham) hip replacement in January 2013, and now, four months later, I am playing high intensity singles tennis—without pain or physical restriction. I feel very lucky, and I give credit to Dr. Rector and his assistant Stacey for the successful surgery and professional treatment. My recovery was smooth, with little pain (thanks in part to the pain killers the first two weeks). I had two weeks of in-home physical therapy, and two weeks after that I was walking and riding a stationary bicycle. I progressed to outdoor bicycle riding after the first two months and then to some light tennis. And today, four months later, I have no restrictions or limitations.
I should mention that I had a (Birmingham) replacement on the other side two years ago when I turned 60, with similar results and no pain or restrictions two years later. I have the highest regard for Dr. Rector and would recommend him without reservation.
Dr. Kenneth Wolf
On December 21, 2012 I had a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) done on my left hip. I am 56 and have been very physically active all my life. Unfortunately, this has resulted in my eight prior shoulder surgeries and three knee arthroscopies. Needless to say, I have had extensive experiences with orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, physician assistants, and hospitals. In short, my experience with Dr. Rector, Matt Schneider, PA, and Stacy Tomko, Surgical Assistant has raised the bar for excellence compared to all my prior surgeries. I am so appreciative of Dr. Rector's reassuring bedside manner, surgical skills, and investment in the outcome of my recent BHR procedure.
As mentioned, Dr. Rector did a BHR on my left hip 12/21/2012. All aspects of my surgery (ie. preop; anesthesia; post-op; hospital stay) were smooth and without problems. I would like to mention that my two night/three day stay in the Boulder Community Hospital was excellent. I was walking without crutches in five days, riding the stationary bike at three days, and on the eliptical trainer within three weeks! I had far less post-op swelling and greater range of motion/hip flexibility at three weeks post-surgery than I had when my right hip was done four years prior. My right hip had the same BHR done, but not by Dr. Rector.
I am finding Dr. Rector is more aggressive in his rehabilitation program than was the case with the surgeon who did my right hip. Additionally, Dr. Rector lifted most of the precautionary hip/exercises much sooner compared to when my right hip was resurfaced. I am now at four months post BHR surgery and nearly 100 percent! I am back to doing the same amount of lower body resistance exercises as pre-surgery, at 100 percent of cardio level, duration, and intensity; and painfree. While I have not done any downhill skiing yet, I fully expect to resume next season! I am back doing 50 mile bike rides and have no residual swelling. In short, I am thrilled with how well all aspects of this surgery, rehab, and follow up care have gone.
I am so appreciative of Dr. Rector, his surgical skills, and his post surgery follow up. I can honestly say this surgery has had the best outcome of all my previous shoulder, knee, and hip surgeries. I cannot recommend Dr. Rector enough if you, like me, are having chronic joint pain and wish to stay active in life.
As a 57 year old retired CEO with over thirty years of experience in the medical device industry, I have been in hospitals and ICUs around the world. My experience with Dr. Rector, his staff, and the entire team at Boulder Community Hospital (BCH) can only be described as exemplary. After doing my research online for alternatives to a total hip replacement (whose post implant long term activity restrictions were unacceptable for my lifestyle); I found the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) procedure, and that Dr. James Rector of Boulder was one of the top BHR surgeons in the country. I should have known that my experience with Dr. Rector was going to be special when after leaving a request on his web site for a consultation I got a call from him that evening answering any questions I had about the procedure and giving me a number to call for an office appointment. Having been diagnosed a year earlier with advanced osteoarthritis of both hips, I spent a year with a personal trainer attempting to “train” my way out of pain. Within 12 months, the pain in my left hip was significant enough to stop me from golfing and riding my motorcycle, and I had developed a significant limp.
My experience started with my preoperative visit with Dr. Rector where he fully explained my pre-operative preparation, the surgical procedure, potential complications, and post-operative rehabilitation program. BCH then took over as I attended a class to prepare me for the surgery and post-operative recovery, and I had the most thorough pre-operative interview regarding my medical history that I have had in my entire life. It was very clear from my entire experience at BCH that everything they do is driven by improving clinical outcomes, and every clinician I met repeated this same mantra. My first surgery went very smoothly, arriving home two days after surgery and only using two crutches for the first day. I was walking with a cane within 5 days of surgery, and started walking increased distances outside within 10 days of surgery, stopping the use of a cane just after two weeks. The post-operative outpatient physical therapy with the Boulder Orthopedics team was challenging, and got me back to the gym on the elliptical and lifting weights within 4 weeks of surgery.
I had my second BHR procedure on my right hip 6½ weeks after my first and the overall experience was the same if not better. In this case, I left the hospital the day after surgery about 24 hours post-op. As I write this it is two weeks since my second BHR surgery, I am walking over 4 miles a day outside, and looking forward to getting back in the gym, and resuming my active lifestyle in the spring.
I could not be happier with the miracle of Dr. Rector and my Birmingham Hip Resurfacing! My remade hip has allowed me to get back to my passions - the activities that I love - that were becoming very difficult to nearly impossible before the surgery. I went into surgery with Dr. Rector on October 15, 2010, at 52 years old, to receive a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing on my left hip. I had been in a slow, spiraling descent into loss-of-motion, gimping and pain over the period of about 8 years. It culminated in not being able to sleep at night, 10-12 pain relievers a day, and, most importantly for me, my having to bag out on the activities I love. This was an unacceptable situation for me and time to see Dr. Rector.I was comfortable with Dr. Rector from the first time I met him. He has a confident, knowledgeable yet understated style that made me feel relaxed and sure about having the surgery. He came out of the operation saying that it went well and, boy, was that an understatement! I was starting light physical (PT) the afternoon of my surgery. I was home two days later and already doing PT exercises. I was swimming and doing an exercise bike at 6 weeks. I was jogging and flying in the wind tunnel at three months. I was mountain biking and skydiving at six months and I even got in a day of sking before the end of the 2010-2011 season! This year, less than two years since the surgery, I skied hard 10 days (and would have done more if conditions were better); I did two off-road triathlons including the XTERRA Indian Peaks; I ran a personal best in a 5-mile road race; and I made over 100 skydives - most of which were wearing 20 lbs of lead weight so that I could fall as fast as everyone else on the jump! And all of this has been made possible because of Dr. Rector. Dr. Rector's competence and confidence in his work have brought me back to the extremely active person I was before. I absolutely recommend Dr. Rector and his Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure.
Rob De Voto
At 45-years-old I had found that an old soccer injury and a bike crash left me with severe hip pain. I was having significant pain with running and even noticed difficulty walking longer than one mile. Running was so painful that my participation in triathlons and local running events was becoming obsolete. After a painful ironman triathlon experience I finally decided to visit Dr. Rector and his staff to consider Birmingham Hip Resurfacing. Two years after surgery, I am glad to say that having the surgery was the best decision I could have made. I am currently participating in triathlon competitions (including ironman), I hiked 48 miles through the Grand Canyon and I am actively competing in local running events - all without pain.
Dr. Rector and his staff are clearly the top hip specialists in the country and their professional approach to the whole process was exemplary. Special thanks to Dr. Rector and the Boulder Orthopedics staff for changing my life.
I am an active, 50-year-old male who enjoys road biking. In August of 2009 I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of my left hip brought on by femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). I had arthroscopic surgery in March, 2010 in an attempt to reduce the increased pain I was having. This lasted for about six months with some pain but then quickly went downhill to the point where it was hard to walk the dog down the street.
I had researched the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) quite a bit and the research always pointed me to Dr. James Rector as the most qualified person in Colorado. He was highly recommended by various specialists I had seen over the previous half year. He and his staff explained the BHR operation to me and provided all of the necessary material. In December 2010, Dr. Rector performed the operation in about an hour and fifteen minutes… and I was his third BHR operation of the day! I was on two crutches for five days and a cane for another five days. At two weeks I was walking with no assistance device, walking stairs and leading with my operative leg, and began riding a stationary bike at the gym for 2-3 miles a day. At three months I was nearly pain-free and felt only minor stiffness in my new hip. At five months, I am now pain-free with no stiffness. I entered the Elephant Rock Metric Century and completed the ride with no pain. I am riding Deer Creek and High Grade rides every week and feel great and will enter the Copper Triangle in August. Friends and family ask “how my hip is doing.” I tell them it is the best functioning joint on my body. I finish by saying thank you to Dr. Rector and his wonderful staff for removing my pain and allowing me to resume my passion for road biking. You guys are awesome!
A lifelong climber, Michael Ortiz was experiencing increasing difficulties with his right hip. After running the New York Marathon in 2007 he began feeling pain that ultimately led to arthroscopic surgery in early 2009. All along, despite the pain, he continued ice climbing and backcountry skiing. The results from the surgery were disappointing. Nonetheless, he pressed on toward his ultimate goal of climbing the ultimate peak, Mt. Everest. A test climb in Chamonix, however, convinced him he would need a more effective solution for his hip. That's when a friend in Aspen told him about his own BHR procedure with Dr. Rector. Just four and one half months after his hip resurfacing Michael's Everest quest was on! Click here for the full story.
I just thought I would drop you a note that might help or inspire others who are considering a BHR.I know you do many procedures every month and may not remember me, but on September 22, 2008 I had a BHR that has absolutely changed my life.
I was on the cusp of being eligible for the procedure due to my age, (63 at the time of surgery). Since that time I have been able to move about, and have lost almost 30 pounds. I have been walking up to 4 miles a day, have resumed golf, skiing, and hiking. Last summer we spent a month in Europe with miles of walking each day.
I owe all of this to you and the BHR, and wish to sincerely thank you for changing my life. If any future or recent patients wish to speak to someone who has had success, feel free to give them my contact information. The picture is of me and my wife from a hilltop in Croatia that I would never have been able to visit.
I will never be able to put my full gratitude into words. My quality of life centers on my ability to be active outdoors. Without your wonderful work it would not be possible. First a BHR followed two and a half months later by fixing the femur I snapped in half mountain biking. On the same side, no less!
I am at it again, thanks to you. Here is a picture from this year's Ride the Rockies. It was a blast. You are the best, Thanks.
Just a quick note to thank you and your exceptional staff for BHR for my right hip. Just a quick note to thank you and your exceptional staff for BHR for my right hip. I was in surgery August 20th, 2010 and walking without crutches in 10 days. My progress has been phenomenal! I had not backcountry skied in 2 years because of pain in my hip, and within only 3 months I was back on my skis doing turns and climbing hills. I can also now get on my bike easily and plan to start riding this Spring. I can't believe how much better I feel and how much more active I am now. I am really grateful and thankful for your expert hand and the excellent attention of your great staff (especially Stacey). I would highly recommend the BHR for anyone who wants to be really active. Thanks again!
Here is a picture of Dave Hashman and me riding in this year's MS 150 bike ride with our three new hips - The ride was 150 miles total over two days (June 26 - 27) and we cut two hours off our time EACH DAY over last year (pre-new hips).
This picture was taken as we crossed the Big Thompson river on day one heading from
A very heartfelt thanks to Dr. James Rector and his staff. I was diagnosed with an Osteoarthritic Right Hip (bone on bone) in Jan 2009. At that time, the surgeon I first saw suggested I greatly reduce my lifestyle activities, take pain pills and wait until my late 60s to have a Total Hip Replacement Surgery. He did not offer or suggest the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Procedure.
I tried his suggestion but decided not to give up on my quality of life or active lifestyle. I decided to research options and discovered the BHR. After reading everything on-line I could find about BHR I discovered Dr James Rector's website and made an appointment. I was delighted to find I was a good candidate and scheduled the surgery for April 2010. I felt very comfortable with having Dr. James Rector and his staff perform my surgery. The surgery went very well and the staff at Boulder Community Hospital took excellent care of me for my two day stay.
My recovery has been nothing short of amazing. I have needed no pain medications since surgery. I had endured moderate pain for the 18 months before surgery and found the post-surgery pain only slightly worse. I was able to return the crutches after only four days post-surgery and able to drive my car that same afternoon. I have not needed a cane or walking aid.
On day seven I was able to drive to the gym and complete a full hour Spinning /Cycling class. I continued the Spinning Classes six days a week for the first month and after my one month check-up started additional exercise classes. I am now at the four month post-surgery mark and enjoying Spinning, Yoga, Pilate's and Power Pump Classes 5 to 6 days a week. It is so great to be pain free and able to walk long distances comfortably without a limp. I am really looking forward to skiing season to open in only a couple months. Do your own research. If you qualify I really highly recommend the BHR and Dr. James Rector of Boulder, Colorado.
James Davenport, 58
I had my right BHR in September 2008 and my left BHR one year later. I couldn't be more pleased with my complete recovery. Just before my second surgery I was able to road bike 100 miles over a 10,000+ ft. pass in one day with a group of friends, all of whom were quite a bit younger. Now with my second hip I am able to compete on the tennis court with opponents of national ranking and am planning a bike ride from Ft. Meyers, Fla. to Key West. Also with some great physical therapy and five sessions of yoga a week it only took 4 months to get back on the tennis courts. I can't thank you enough for accepting me as a candidate for the BHR surgeries and for the terrific job you did.
Words cannot adequately express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for the care, personal attention and amazing skills you afforded me on my BHR surgery. Every day I an continually amazed by the results. In just four weeks I have been hiking more than three miles, biking more than 15 miles and feeling great while doing it. I can't wait until I'm back on the rock climbing again. Dr. Rector, you and your staff are wonderful! During the entire process I always felt I was in the very best hands. My very best regards and heartfelt thanks.
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did on my left hip. After doing some research, I contacted you regarding the Birminham Hip procedure, and had the resurfacing done on October 16th 2009. In 2005, I had a complete hip replacement on my right hip, which was before the Brimingham hip was approved in the U.S.
The total hip replacement procedure did have a smaller incision, but I had considerably more post operative pain. It took me about 2 months to get where I am now with the Birmingham hip, (less than a month post op). My joint mobility is progressing nicely with physical therapy. I am walking one half to mile per day. I still take a cane along in case I get tired, but I don't need it.
I have been taking Tylenol for pain relief since I got out of the
hospital. With the toal hip, I needed narcotic pain relief for the first 10
days I was home, which led to less exercise and a longer recovery period. I am very pleased with the results of the Birmingham hip procedure. I also
want to send a personal endorsement for the outstanding care I have received
from you and your staff. The entire experience far exceeded my expectations.
I am very fortunate that I had excellent results with both my total hip, and
so far, with the Birmingham procedure. I would highly recommend that anyone
considering hip replacement take a look at the Birmingham hip as an option. Of
course, in any case, they should pick Boulder Orthopedics and you, Dr. Rector,
to do whatever procedure they choose.
I had the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing done on May 4, 2009 and I could not be happier. People ask me about my hip and I tell them it is better than new. No need to say much more. I have ridden my bicycle over 400 miles since then without any issue. It is absolutely better than new and everything that I was told prior to surgery by Dr. Rector's staff was true. It all went as smoothly as possible.
I’ve been a runner, skier, bicyclist, and mountain climber all my adult life. When told, at age 47, that what I thought was a pulled muscle was in fact a case of advanced osteoarthritis of the hip, and that I should buy a cane and take up swimming, well...I felt like I had aged 20+ years.
Luckily, a friend of mine who had a BHR with Dr. Rector and his team called and said “Gosh, so sorry to hear about your hip, but the good news is that it is totally fixable!” A few months later I had the surgery. Within a few weeks I was walking without crutches or cane; around 4 weeks I was top-rope rock-climbing, and by 6 weeks I was out hiking. Trained as a scientist, I don’t really like the term “miracle” but there’s no better way to describe my experience with hip resurfacing!
Alan Lester, Ph.D.
Tennis has been a major part of my life since the early 1950s and last year I thought I had hung my racquet up for good. I just came off the court from a 3 hour match, which was more fun than a barrel of monkeys, and I feel great. Thank you for more than the new hip, thank you for all the fun times I am now able to look forward too. Please also pass on my thanks to Michelle Koehler as she was great. It has changed my life in many ways.
p.s. I am now scheduled to compete in the 70+ year old Florida Interclub Competition for 2010
Chip (Charles) Smith, BHR surgery 9-10-08
This is a picture of Robert Martinich, DDS, finishing the XTERRA Rocky Mountain Regional Championship short course triathalon. He swam 1 mile, mountain biked 18 miles and ran 6 miles. The race was in August 2008. He has bilateral Birmingham hip resurfacings. The left hip was done 1-12-2007 and the right on 2-28-2007.
I wanted to thank you and your staff for the incredible care provided before, during and after, my BHR procedure. Although all of my BHR literature showed an approximate 6 week healing time to regain most of my strength, I was amazed that I could walk about a half mile at 3.5 weeks and snowshoe at 5.5 weeks! Also, I probably could have gone completely without pain meds. As impressive as my results were, it was even more impressive to see the seamless orchestration of care between your team, the hospital staff and my physical therapist and the professionalism displayed by all involved. It has changed my life in many ways.
I thought my family physician was telling a bad joke when he read my hip x-rays and declared I was "bone on bone" and that at age 47, I will need " a hip replacement." I walked out of his office dazed and dealt with the news (and pain) for another year. My active lifestyle was dissolving at a rapid pace and I knew it was time to face the reality head on. After visiting with an orthopedic surgeon in my town, setting up a total hip replacement operation, I just never felt confident in my decision to go through with it.
I started checking into alternative options, and the next thing I knew I was on the phone with Dr. Rector. We must have talked for an hour, he answered all my questions, patiently and unbiased. I set up an appointment to see if I was a good candidate, and was thrilled to know he thought I would be. One of the things I really liked about Dr. Rector is the fact he never tried to "sell" me on the surgery. The fact that he does both types of surgery (BHR and total hip) made me and my husband trust him even more.
I had the surgery the beginning of June 2008 and within three weeks I was walking without any crutches or a cane. After two months I was able to resume horseback riding, bike riding, swimming, and my long walks with my dog. I find myself flying up and down the stairs and forgetting how painful it was to do this just a few months ago.
Even though I don't feel any pain or discomfort, I take care to avoid damaging my hip. I've decided I will swap high impact sports and instead perfect my stroke swimming or explore new trails on my bike. I feel it's a small price to pay for a new lease on life. I feel very fortunate to have had a surgeon like Dr. Rector and to have had a choice in my surgery.
Last January, after my three month check up, you had asked me to check in after the Triple Bypass ride to update you on my cycling and recovery progress. I'm a bit late with that but the news is all good. I had a BHR on my right hip October 15th, 2007. I was back on my wind trainer less than two weeks after surgery. Four weeks after surgery I was off my crutches and completed my first road ride. Granted it was only 20 miles, flat and a bit slow, but I did it. Fast forward to today.
At this point I've ridden over 4,300 miles for the year. In hip terms that is over 20,000 revolutions of my hip. On July 12th I did the 3X bypass for the fifth year in a row and completed the ride in 8:43. The best thing about this riding season is no hip pain. I sleep through the night and my recovery time is a night and day difference from last year. I've been able to challenge myself with multi-day hard rides and do much better than in the past because of my improved recovery time. On August 1st my son, a co-worker and I started a three day ride that consisted of the following:
It was 20,000 feet of climbing and almost 300 miles. It was a great three days, hard but fun. The most important recovery point is I can walk again. Last November I went to the zoo with my grandson and walked the whole zoo with him. That was something that left me crippled with pain a year ago. I walk straight, I can stand up straight again, I smile again, I've gotten my life back. Thank you.
I have my one year check up in October and I hope to be able to report I have over 5,000 miles in that time. Something I’ve never been able to do before. I’ve attached a picture of me in this year's triple jersey.
My hip resurfacing was the best decision I’ve made, and it has changed my life.
I received excellent care from Dr. Rector, Michelle, and an extremely professional staff. I am a 46-year-old carpenter who has experienced hip pain for more than 15 years. Two months after surgery, I was back to a physically demanding job and riding my motorcycle for long distances, both without pain. At three months, I no longer have chronic pain. I highly recommend this procedure, Dr. Rector, and his team.
In the month since Dr. Rector and his team skillfully performed my BHR surgery, I’ve been grateful for every pain-free walk, bike ride, and daily task.
My active lifestyle that had included running several marathons, hiking, golf, bikram yoga, cycling, and teleskiing 40+ days each winter had steadily declined over five years due to advanced degenerative arthritis in my left hip. At 53, getting from the car to work or to the store was an ordeal. I could walk only with a bad limp and a lot of pain.
The morning after surgery, I stood with weight evenly on both legs using a walker for support. By the afternoon, I could negotiate stairs. I experienced very little pain. Once home, I switched to a cane within days. It was a pleasure to finally be able to exercise. When I returned to work 13 days post-op, my boss put it so well, “You’ve grown four inches and lost 10 years!” I was cane-free by my three-week follow-up and, at four weeks post-op, I did an hour-long bike ride.
If you find yourself reading this, wondering what to do after Dr. Rector has recommended the BHR procedure for you, here’s my advice. Schedule it. Show up. Lie back and (try to) relax. Then, let Dr. Rector, his awesome staff (Michelle!), and the surgical team restore your life. After they do their part, do yours with complete commitment to the physical therapy program.
On December 8, 2006, late afternoon, Dr. Rector completed my left hip resurfacing. On December 9, I was "walking" up and down the hallway at Boulder Community Hospital with crutches, under the watchful eye of my physical therapist. On December 10, prior to my discharge from the hospital later that day, I did more walking and learned how to go up and down stairs on crutches. On December 11, three days after surgery, I stopped the pain meds, because my pain was maybe a 1 on a scale of 1-10. By December 12, I was walking with the assistance of a cane only, and by December 14 (six days after surgery!), I was walking around my house without the assistance of a cane, crutches or anything else! Three weeks after surgery, I hit a large bucket of golf balls at a driving range in Houston, Texas. On February 17, not quite 2 1/2 months after my surgery, I played my first full 19 holes of golf and couldn't believe how I was getting through the ball. Since then, I have played 11 rounds, the last three of which I have walked. Where there once was pain, there now is confidence! I view the entire experience as nothing short of miraculous! Every aspect of my experience - from the diagnosis, to the surgery, to the hospital, to the therapy - exceeded my expectations. And my obsessing prior to the event was (thankfully) all for naught! If Dr. Rector recommends this for you, just do it.
After 11 years suffering increasing losses of range of motion, strength, flexibility and quality of life, 88 days ago Dr. Rector flawlessly performed Birmingham Hip Resurfacing surgery on my advanced degenerative arthritic left hip joint. Once the surgeon has done his job, it's time for the patient to do his. Physical therapy is key. Do not get lazy. Work the muscles until the physical therapist gives you the green light for other exercises. Now I have been officially released from physical therapy having been on my own for the past 34 days. Range of motion has returned, strength improvements continue, my normal walking gait and stride has returned – I'm pain free and smiling. Life is good.
I am currently training for two bicycle tours scheduled for late May and mid-June. In mid-July my wife and I will vacation in the Columbia River Gorge where we will windsurf strong winds day after day for a couple of months. I have no doubt that my new hip socket will perform satisfactorily, however, I will limit my air time to those instances that will result only in ultrasoft landings.
I windsurf, mountain bike, road bike, snowboard, backpack, rock climb, canoe and hunt upland game. My life has always been active and, until arthritis set in, pain free. Now, Dr. Rector has given me back my active, pain-free life. Yesterday, my wife and I rode our road bikes for 1.5 hours, the first outdoor ride this season. Prior to surgery, when on my bike my left knee jutted out at a weird angle due to the arthritic hip. Now, it lines up perfectly with my pedal and I already feel more power than before. Although, I'll never be a Floyd Landis, I am looking forward to two bike tours planned for early summer - The Black Hills Classic with Dakota Bike Tours and the Tour de Kota. I'm sure that this is only the beginning of a fun-filled future. Thank you, Dr. Rector!
I am a 56-year-old man who has been active and athletic all my life. As my hip continued to deteriorate over the past four years, my ability to ski, bike, golf and even walk grew increasingly painful to the point where I simply had to stop. I felt slow and old. "Bone on bone," I was told. I knew surgery was the only remedy, but traditional total hip replacement terrified me. The procedure itself seemed gruesome and simply too destructive. I waited for something better, interviewing doctors and educating myself about the options. Fortunately, a friend, who was far more familiar with these procedures, explained hip resurfacing to me and introduced me to Dr. Rector. The doctor and his staff, particularly Michelle, immediately impressed me. I particularly appreciated Dr. Rector's years of experience, professionalism, judgment and enthusiasm for this new procedure. When I asked him if he was comfortable with something so new, he admitted that he didn’t get much sleep before the first few surgeries. That's what I wanted to hear. He obviously cared about getting it perfect. And that's exactly what he did. I am a little over 3 months post-surgery. The snow has finally melted and I have been able to test the new hardware for the past few weeks. I am now biking, hiking and golfing with no pain at all. It is a tremendous relief to have this successfully behind me. Thank you, Dr. Rector, Michelle and the rest of you.
Neal S. Cohen
Thank you so very much for my recent hip surgery. Hip resurfacing was the answer to my prayer. Recovery was faster than I thought possible. After 10 days my walker went into retirement. Now 7 weeks after the surgery my hip feels as good as NEW!
I am pleased to forward to you my personal perspective on the hip resurfacing operation that you performed on me on November 17, 2006. Prior to meeting with you, my regular orthopedist had advised me that I should wait for at least 5 more years before having a hip replacement due to my age. At the time, I was unable to walk for more than about 10 minutes without having to stop to rest for the next 5. For a former ground-pounding Marine whose family hikes became known as "death marches," this was hardly acceptable. I had begun researching alternatives to hip replacement a few months earlier only to learn that the hip resurfacing was not available in the U.S. at that time, but that approval was pending. We were quite relieved to not only see the approval come through, but to also see that the operation could be performed at my favorite hospital - Boulder Community. Your office assistants and preparation for the surgery was friendly, thorough and totally reassuring. I knew exactly what to expect when I went to the hospital, and everything went exactly as explained. I was pleased beyond words to awaken from the operation totally free of my former pain, and ready by the next day to begin moving around and start therapy. Once again, your instructions for home care were precise, to the point and contributed to what I feel was a remarkable recovery on my part. It is now 4.5 months after my surgery, and I am doing everything I was doing before I lost the ability to do so about a year ago. I have total recovery of my flexibility and strength and could not be more pleased. My heartfelt thanks to you and to all of your staff, each of whom made this a pleasant journey to recovered health and joy of life once again.
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful work you did on the BHR procedures for both of my hips. Even though the surgeries were only 12 weeks apart, I feel extraordinary! No more pain after two years of suffering.
I also thought you would like to know that all of the staff at Boulder Community Hospital has the highest regard for you. As a patient, it was reassuring to know that one's surgeon is so well respected!
Jim - Thank you for your generous support of the expedition. Much is written about the trip in the blogs on www.himex.com and in the trip website, www.aspeneverest.com. The purpose of this memo is to address the performance of the hip resurface surgery of November 2, 2010 and the Smith Nephew implant.
I began climbing at age 11, climbing Mt Whiney in the Sierra Nevadas and learning how to rock climb in the San Fernando Valley, outside of LA. While going to CU my climbing extended to Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder Canyon, El Dorado Canyon and some of the Front Range 14ers.
In 2001 I began to climb ice throughout Colorado and embarked on series of expeditions to the Alaska Range, the Brooks Range, Europe and Kilimanjaro. Prior to surgery I started experiencing pain in my right hip in early 2008. I ran the 2007 New York Marathon which may have aggravated the deterioration of the cartilage.
The balance of 2008 was very difficult. I could barely climb La Plata, had a very difficult time on Sopris and backcountry skiing came to an end. In February 2009 I went to Aspen Orthopedics where they scoped my hip and cleaned up as much as possible. The recuperation period was lengthy and the results were minimal.
The idea to climb Everest materialized in June 2010. By then the hip had become a problem again. I climbed for a week in Chamonix to “test” it and had difficulties after several hours of climbing. I knew this would leave me in difficult spot.
In September I ran into a friend at the Aspen Club who had recently under gone Dr Rector’s procedure with the Smith & Nephew hip resurface implant and was ecstatic with the results. I wondered whether I could pull it off, have the procedure and still make the trip in March 2011. I went to Boulder Orthopedics and met with Dr Rector and his nurse Stacey. He had a very logical and calming response to the situation and said try training and climbing hard for one more month and if you have doubts on your ability to make the trip come in and we’ll do the procedure.
Anyone who is experiencing hip related problems knows what happened next. After canceling two appointments, I was in Boulder County Hospital on November 2nd. Surgery was a breeze and the hospital staff was great. They were very supportive of my recovery and still being able to go to Everest. At this point I was committed, with only 4 ½ months to recover and train, I went to work. Aside from a lot of cardio and strength training I worked with a holistic practitioner in Chicago who helped me with nutrition and an Everest veteran in Aspen to bring my climbing back in line.
The performance of the implant was fantastic. By February I was climbing and training at pre-surgery levels. We arrived Katmandu on March 28th and spent two days getting organized and meeting the rest of the Himex team. Russell Brice the owner of Himex has been in operation for over 15 years, has gotten over 200 climbers to the summit and has had no fatalities.
Our team this year included climbers from the UK, New Zealand, Norway, USA, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. All very experienced and most having climbed an 8,000 meter peak. The first trial for the new hip was the trek to base camp. We were picked up by helicopter at the Hyatt Hotel in Katmandu and flown to the village of Lukla at 9,200 ft. From there we spent the next 8 days hiking up the Khumbu region to base camp which sits at 17,200 ft. My hip performed beautifully throughout the trek.
The path in places was extremely steep and rocky. Coupled with long days on the trail, it was a good test for the mountain. Upon arrival at base camp we embarked on an acclimatization regime which consisted of day hikes and climbs of nearby trekking peaks. We also went into the glacier and practiced fixed rope and crevasse rescue skills. All systems were go with me. I was adjusting to the high altitude well, the hip was great and I was well prepped to go higher up the mountain.
Unfortunately the real world was creeping into my plans. The commodity markets back home continued to be relentless in their volatility, especially following the earthquake in Japan. I was urgently summoned back to Chicago and had to make plans to leave base camp by the end of the week. I was able to organize a helicopter pickup directly from base camp which gave me time to climb the infamous Khumbu Icefall.
The Khumbu is a massive icefall measuring over 2,000 ft in vertical and 1.5 miles long. It consists of house sized blocks of teetering ice blocks (seracs) and crevasses which take out climbers on a regular basis. Above the icefall sits below the West Shoulder of Everest which releases enormous avalanches on a regular basis. More people die in the icefall than on any other part of Everest. We left base camp at 4am during the coldest part of the night to minimize the objective danger. In the darkness of the early morning we entered the icefall and wove our way up the massive feature trying to stay clipped into the fixed line as much as possible. Long aluminum ladders had been set up to span the crevasses. Between the steep climbing on the seracs and the ladder crossings my hip underwent the ultimate challenge. Again, everything performed brilliantly.
We neared the top of the icefall at 7am. Light was striking the high peaks and we calculated that we had just enough time to get back down before the sun hit the icefall and would start to destabilize everything. We were back in base camp by 10am and the piece of Everest that I set out climb was successfully accomplished. The following day we were whisked back to the Hyatt and my trip was done.
There were 12 of us that started out. I left for commercial reasons, our climber from Hong Kong suffered a heart attack, the Norwegian suffered pulmonary edema and the climber from Utah did not pass his medical by the team doctor. Until two weeks ago, the team had only made it several thousand feet higher than I had gone, being turned back several times by cold temps and high winds. On one retreat back through the icefall, a serac collapsed and missed killing the climber from the UK by inches. The final 8 summitted in good weather last week and just returned safely to Katmandu. In summary it was a great trip. It’s very rare to summit Everest on your first try and I climbed my objective so I don’t feel too bad about leaving early. However, the summit beckons and the project will most probably continue on to 2012.