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Posted by: pete | 2004/12/24

birmingham hip resurfacing of left hip

Hi, Im a very fit 53, but recently underwent the above op.(6 weeks). Im off crutches, but wish to rebuild the wasted muscles in both of my calves/thighs in order to get back to playing golf. Im suffering some knee pain, but im hoping that its only referred pain, as it is not constant. i also want to loosen up my hip movements ie: pivot etc but dont want to rush/interfere with the healing process.
ANY SUGGESTIONS?

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Metal/Metal hip resurfacing is a relatively new alternative to total hip replacement. It has been very successful and has shown to eliminate the problems of hip dislocation and significantly reduce the problem of leg lengthening.
On average most individuals return to work about 7 weeks post surgery and return to exercise about twelve weeks later.

After any kind of surgery, particularly one as invasive as this, one tends to lose a significant amount of muscle mass and strength. It is in your best interests to begin physiotherapy and biokinetic treatment as soon as possible to avoid further muscle atrophy and loss of strength. As well as regaining flexibility and strength, it is important that you focus on regaining balance and proprioception of that limb ( your position of the joint in space - which can be tested with your eyes closed on both or one leg) . With the loss of muscle mass around the hip, and lower limb in general, the joints on that side will start to take more strain if you don't strengthen the muscles that surround and protect the joints. This is probably why you are experiencing discomfort in your knee.

Start some gently rehabilitation exercises as soon as you feel up to it and before you know it you'll be back on the golf course.

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