Minimally Invasive Total Hip Anterior Replacement
I suffered with extreme right hip pain for about a year before I decided to consider hip replacement surgery. I researched the procedure and learned about minimally invasive total hip anterior replacement that was not only much less invasive but had a much faster recovery period. The only problem was that the surgeon needed to be highly skilled and experienced.
I researched (and interviewed) several doctors in the Columbus area and decided Dr. Kusuma had the strongest credentials and potential. Following an extremely successful surgery, I am more than convinced I was right. Although I am beyond retirement age, I have exceeded the traditional milestones given to the typical hip replacement patient. For example, 12 days following surgery I was driving short distances in my neighborhood, I went to work on the 15th day, and by the 17th day I was walking largely without assistant devices such as a walker or cane. There were no restrictions in walking up and down the stairs.
Dr. Kusuma and his staff had me to exercise caution but they advised me wisely and did not put unnecessary limits on me. I am still under their supervision but am delighted that already I am walking without pain or a limp. At 2 1/2 weeks following surgery, I could not be more pleased with the results. Dr. Kusuma and the Grant Medical Staff deserve the highest praise.
I had been having problems with my right hip for about 2 years. It got to a point where my leg would give out as I was walking – so it was time to get something done about it.
Surface Hippy has a lot of information, but I was pleased to get all my remaining detailed questions answered before my surgery. It was comforting to know that Dr. Kusuma had worked and trained extensively with the developers of the Birmingham hip replacement.
About 6 weeks ago Dr. Kusuma finished my hip resurfacing. The staff at Grant Medical Center was awesome. The surgery went well and the recovery is going well.
The cane is gone and before the end of the year I will be able to go back to jujitsu training.
Bilateral hip resurfacing (BHR) with Dr. Kusuma 2010
Even though my specific case is a typical, my story is not. I call it a typical in that my need was not due to Osteoarthritis, wear and tear, running (in high school I was a mathlete), or over weight. The only explenation for my dramatic loss of cartiledge in my hips was that I have Psoriatic Arthritis (PA).
About 3 and a half years ago, after a routine check up with my rheumatologist, when I had my major joints X-rayed for their 2 year update, she called me up with the results and mentioned that I should replace or resurface my hips, as I have no cartilage in my right hip and 25% left in my left. If I wasn’t seeing a doctor based out of the Cleveland Clinic, I question whether resurfacing would even have been mentioned.
Since I live in Columbus OH, I did not want to have the surgery in Cleveland, as I did not want to have to drive back for follow ups during the recovery (my wife does not drive). So I got a referral to one of the top orthopedic surgeons in Columbus.
During my consultation, the orthopedic surgeon downplayed resurfacing and spoke about replacements, his bread and butter business. I asked about the longevity of the replacement implant and my concern about out living it (I was 49 at the time). He reassured me that if I took it easy, I could get about 20 years before it would need to be replaced.
I pressed him on resurfacing, and he insisted that they weren’t as successful, only 90% compared to replacements at 99%, which turned out not to be the case. I surmise that the real reason he downplayed resurfacing was that he did not do it.
Consultations with several other orthopedic surgeons left me unsatisfied with their recommendations that a 49 year old male in good shape should get his hips replaced and put up with the restrictions necessary to ensure the longevity of the implants, and none of them did resurfacing.
A fortuitous recommendation from my pain management doctor led me to Dr Sharat Kusuma from Minimally Invasive Orthopedics out of Grant Hospital, a top hospital for orthopedics.
Dr Kusuma was friendly, clearly and concisely explained the differences between resurfacing and replacement. Since he has been factory trained, and performs both replacement and resurfacing, I felt he was more qualified to make the comparison than someone who does not.
I also liked that of all the surgeons I spoke to, he was the only one who does not prescribe physical therapy for post operative recuperation, walking is all that was required.
I scheduled my first surgery with little trepidation, fully confident in Dr Kusuma’s abilities. The surgery went perfectly, textbook perfect. I could not have the spinal, due to a bleeding issue, so waking up in recovery was not pleasant, in fact it was the most painful experience of my life, and having suffered from chronic pain from the PA and Fybromyalgia for years, as well as being opiate tolerant, it tool the anesthesiologist quite a while to find the right dosage to mitigate the pain sufficiently for them to allow my wife in to see me.
After I had been in my room for a few hours, I was forced to stand up and walk. That is right, just a few hours after I had my hip sliced open, with a huge scar, the femur popped out, smoothed off and capped, the hip socket relined, and then put together, I was up and walking. Even with all of the post operative pain, I could still tell that the hip was working better than it had in years.
I was sent home the next day, and promptly drove my wife crazy, not being a very good patient, and to walk as much as possible. The recovery took a while, though I was up and about as soon as I got home. I was cleared to drive after 4 weeks, and after 8 weeks back at work. Recovery is probably faster for those without an autoimmune inflammatory disease.
I was so pleased with the results, that I scheduled the other hip before I was completely recovered from the first. The second was a replay of the first, and went off without a hitch.
I was also so pleased that I had recommended Dr Kusuma to a coworker who was having hip problems, and she had a resurfacing as well. She was back at work in 2 weeks, though had to take it easy for a while.
I just had my 3 year follow up on the second hip and both hips are still perfect. I was asked if I could tell my story so that others could benefit from my experience, as there is still very little information available about this, to me, life altering procedure.
I normally do not post anything, nor participate in social media of any kind, however if I could just help 1 person by telling my story, than I have paid back for the value add that I have received.
Mille J’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2013
July 2, 2013
I am a 55 year old female and have had arthritis in my hips for several years. In February 2012 I started experiencing pain which led me to consult an orthopedic surgeon. X-rays revealed bone on bone along with a bone spur. Doctor wanted to do total hip replacement. I was not in that much pain and did not want to move forward. He told me when I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do, come back.
In February 2013 I knew it was time to do something, but I did not want total hip replacement. Fortunately, my family doctor, Dr.Zimmerman, recommended I make an appointment with Dr. Kusuma to see if I would be a candidate for hip resurfacing. After researching the procedure on line, I was impressed and knew this was what I wanted so I was thrilled when Dr. Kusuma agreed to perform the surgery.
He requested that we wait 3 months to perform the surgery and in that time, at his suggestion, I walked on the treadmill daily, watched what I ate and lost 20 pounds. Getting in better shape assured optimal performance for him and the recovery easier for me.
Surgery was performed on May 15th and I have been amazed at how quickly I am recovering. After my six week check-up, the only restrictions I now have are no running or jumping. I still have a little muscle soreness and a little stiffness if I sit too long. I’ve been walking on the treadmill and will be getting my bicycle out this weekend if it quits raining!
Jim Banks Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2013
June 27, 2013
Before surgery, Dr. Sharat Kusuma and associates were recommended to me by two friends that had successful hip treatments.
I went on the minimally invasive orthopedics website to investigate my options for treating my sore left hip. X-rays showed a spur and arthritis. The hip resurfacing procedure looked like an option.
On November 2012 Dr. Kusuma determined that I could have the hip resurfacing procedure.
He and his staff explained all the details. I even watched an operation of this kind on the web. It did not look that bad.
Finally my surgery was scheduled for April 24, 2013. After walking 9 holes of golf on April 22 with a painful ending, I knew why I was having the surgery.
It has been eight weeks now and I started hitting short wedge golf shots on Sunday June 23.
That is as good as you can expect. Dr. Kusuma and the entire team at the Grant Medical Center have been very helpful and professional. I can’t compliment them enough.
Dave’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2013
June 14, 2013
I am 6 weeks out from my Birmingham Hip resurfacing operation. I had the surgery with Dr.Kusuma at Grant Bone and Joint Center in Columbus Ohio. I’m sorry I waited 2 years to be able to walk without pain again.
My experience has been wonderful. Feels better every day. My hip and body have responded exactly as they told me it would. I’d be happy to chat with anyone that has questions about more specific things.
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Doug Zimmerman Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2013
June 09, 2013
I am in my mid 40′s and 2 postpost op from my Birmingham Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma.
My hip was previously in really bad shape for the past 5 years or so. I had a bad limp and had to do stretches/excercises 20 minutes a day just to keep ambulatory. I had little range of motion and often felt a dull ache. I attribute it to playing a ton of basketball until my hip troubles became an issue when I was about 35 or so.
My primary care physician recommended Dr. Kusuma and I couldn’t be happier with the results of the surgery. Dr. Kusuma and his support staff were excellent as was my experience recovering in Grant Hospital in Columbus.
I’m now doing pretty much everything I want to do and it’s only been 2 months.
The worst part of recovering from the surgery was insomnia the first week at home. The solution for me was to stop taking the oxycodone and begin taking Tylenol PM before bed. The recovery really wasn’t bad at all. No physical therapy. I could drive as soon as I was done with pain pills.
I would recommend people avoid meat and dairy a few weeks before and after surgery. I didn’t have a problem with constipation but I know others who have.
Fox News in the waiting room at Dr. Kusuma’s office was kinda annoying but that’s an ant hill.
After 15 years of increasing pain in my knees and unsuccessful treatments I was referred to Dr. Kusuma. After his examination, we both knew I needed a total knee replacement of both knees. On April 30, 2013, I had a total knee replacement on my left knee and was released after two nights in the hospital. I live alone and had no problem with everyday living. I did need helping carrying large items up and down steps during my initial recovery. On June 25, 2013, I had the other knee replaced. Although this procedure has been a little more painful, after six weeks I am able to get around without even a cane.
At the initial appointment I was given a booklet with information concerning what to do both before and after surgery. By following the instructions in the booklet, my surgeries went well. These procedures have been life changing and I look forward to being able to resume normal activity. Dr. Kusuma’s surgical skill, specific advice for pre and post operative care, and his ongoing care have made all the difference. I truly appreciate his and his staff’s work as I know I will be able to keep up with my young grandchildren as my recovery continues, when a year ago I thought I would only be able to watch them play from afar.
Mark Preston’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2013
I am a 58 year old surgeon, and I want to share with you my experience with BHR and Dr Sharat Kusuma.
First of all, I have always been very active and after being diagnosed with severe OA of the hip I did considerable research into the treatment alternatives and for many reasons decided that BHR was the appropriate choice for me. Fortunately, as a surgeon, I have a little better access to inside information, and choosing Dr Kusuma to do my procedure was an easy task. I had the opportunity to speak with a number of professionals (other surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists and operating room nurses and technicians) who all gave me glowing accounts of DrKusuma’s professionalism, his surgical skills and his attention to detail that convinced me that he was the right surgeon for me.
I am now three weeks post operative and I am happy to report to you that I have done exceedingly well. I was able to be discharged from the hospital on the day of surgery. That isn’t typical for this procedure but I have a lot of support at home ( a family full of physicians and my pharmacist wife) and was able to go home after receiving the requisite number of doses of IV antibiotics. I was able to return to work full time 10 days post operative. Again I doubt this is typical but I am that kind of guy and I have managed with little difficulty. I did have to get a little help the first day back putting on the little shoe covers we wear in the OR. Since that time I have felt stronger by the day and I am looking forward to being the active fellow I used to be without the hip pain that has plagued me for the past 4 years.
Jcwikla’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr.Kusuma 2013
I have been an avid biker for many years. In the latter part of 2009 I began getting pain in the left hip area. It was moderately annoying during biking and quite severe while walking. My primary care MD ordered radiographs and I was found to have severe arthritic degeneration of the left hip and early degeneration on the right. I consulted with several orthopods in my area and they were quick to recommend hip surgery with a rod down my leg.
I had heard of Dr. Sharat Kusuma through a mutual friend. He actually trained with the innovators of the Birmingham Resurfacing technique in Birmingham, England. I had the preliminary radiographs, blood work and bone scan in Florida. I flew up to Columbus, Ohio on a Monday, had the surgery on Tuesday, was up and walking on Thursday, and flew back to Florida on Friday.
The experience was wonderful. I was told what to expect, saw computerization of his placemen technique and was made to feel very comfortable about the whole procedure. Dr. Kusuma is truly a gifted individual. My discomfort was minimal and on Monday I was back at work doing root canals. My office happens to be on the 2nd floor and I had no problem with the stairs.
The Only downside was that he would only allow me on a training bike for a few months before again getting on the road. He was awesome and I was so impressed that I returned before the end of the year to get the right side done. Wasn’t experiencing any pain but why postpone the inevitable. By the way, I turn 73 next week on the same day as my 50 year college reunion.
Bobby Dawes Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2010
My name is Bobby Dawes. I was diagnosed with degenerating cartilage (hip) in 1989. I lived with the discomfort for 15 years and in 2004 had my first hip (right hip) replaced. It went so well and my activity began to include some impact (basketball), until the other hip needed replaced.
In 2010 had a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing on left side and it went marvelous. Activities now include biking, lifting, golf, cardio, etc No pain and great range of motion compared to before. First hip was performed by Dr. Ray Wasalewski at Grant and BHR was done in same practice by Dr/ Sharat Kusuma. Grant Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
I could not had a better experience in both cases. I have recommended Birmingham Hip Resurfacing and Dr. Kusuma to any and all inquiring potential patients.
Tipper’s Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2009/2011
I am 2 years post op this coming June and I wish I would have had them done sooner.
The details: I am now 51 years old. I played basketball three times a week up to age 41. Was athletic all through school growing up. I started having lower back issues around the age of 42 and went to a chiropractor that did not give me relief from the pain that I was experiencing. At 46 I went to get X-rays and the new chiropractor informed me he couldn’t help me and told me to see a Orthopedic Surgeon. Well, a good friend of mine who is an Orthopedic surgeon read the X-rays and told me about a new procedure. At that time Dr. Kusuma was still in Chicago. When Dr. Kusuma finally arrived in Columbus, I made an appointment.
My first meeting with Kusuma was amazing. I complained about lower back pain, groin pain, and lack of mobility. He examined me and explained that I had four bone spurs on my left hip, had less than 5% motion, and then explained the new procedure and the benefit of resurfacing. I was hesitant and he told me when I was ready to call and schedule surgery.
Well, two months later, when I couldn’t stand up from my desk at work, I called and scheduled.
September 2009 I had my left hip resurfaced. In 2011, my right hip.
Recovery from the first surgery was exactly as was explained to me. Four weeks with a walker, four weeks with a cane. Slow, progressive recovery.
Recovery from the second surgery was four weeks on walker, two days on a cane. (Don’t tell Kusuma) I knew what to expect, how to move, knew the pain of recovery.
I still no longer play basketball, by choice, not pain, but I am now in no pain and active doing other things.
Like I said at the beginning of this post, I WISH I WOULD HAVE HAD THIS DONE SOONER.
Eric’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2010
Thanks to Dr. Sharat Kusuma’s skillful use of the Birmingham hip resurfacing technology, I’ve gone from needing a cane to walk to being able to play soccer daily as much as 4 hours and chase 4 grandkids…with no pain whatsoever…oh, and I’m 60.
Got tackled from behind while playing soccer about 10 years ago. May have dislocated my hip but kept playing soccer in pain anyway for several years. Tried a variety of physical therapies but still a too much pain to really play competitively…and eventually so much pain needed a cane to walk.
Three years ago, finally decided that I had to do something about my hip. If at all possible, wanted to be able to play competitive soccer again. At the very least, wanted to be able to kick a soccer ball around with my grandkids.
After less than a year, got back to playing very competitive soccer with 20 and 30 year olds…indoor and outdoor…almost daily and often as much as 4 hours a day. No pain whatsoever and as my son who got a full ride to college on a soccer scholarship says "…Dad, you run way more than anyone on the pitch but you’ll still never be as good as me." Oh well.
The kicker is that I have no problem at all taking care of all 4 of his kids (my grandkids are all under 5)…which at least he says I am pretty good at
Smoke Chief Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2009
In the summer of 2009 I had to find a fix for the pain I experienced every time I played Senior Softball. At age 64, I was using pain killers at every game. A fellow player told me I probably needed hip surgery, but he recommended resurfacing over a total replacement. Someone advised me to visit Dr. Kusuma at Grant Hospital.
After consulting with Dr. Kusuma, I found I was a good candidate for hip resurfacing, as I had good bone density, was in good physical shape, and I was not over weight. I was a little concerned due to this procedure being rather new, but I understood that it was a better choice for those people who wanted to stay active and play sports, etc.
I had always been involved in sports while in school, and my 31 year career as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief in the local Fire Department demanded maximum physical stress on my body. My bad hip was mostly bone on bone according to the x-rays, but Dr. Kusuma assured me that the BHR was the way to go.
So, in September, I had the surgery. The next day I was shown how to use a walker, and climb stairs, and was discharged. I think I might have used the walker for a week or ten days, and then I used a cane for a couple of weeks. After than I was walking better than ever and without any pain. In fact, I never experienced any pain during my recovery!
As a Ski Instructor with 20 years of experience, I wanted to return to the slopes as soon as possible, even though Dr. Kusuma recommended that I sit out the season. In mid January I went to the slope to try out my new hip. I took it easy, and had no problem. Then, to get the good Doctors approval, I ask him to join me on a little trip to the local hill, so he could see that I was really ok to ski. He did get a few hours away from the Hospital and joined me on the slope. It was all good!
In the spring, as I walked the dog, I began running a little, and then a little more, until I would run several miles with sprints included. Returning to Softball, I played some 70 games in two leagues and a few Tournaments.
It’s been almost four years now, and I do everything I did when I was much younger, and still have had no problem from the surgery. In fact, I think the resurfaced hip might be better than my "natural" one. I have recommended the BHR to everyone I know, and anyone who will listen!
Liz’s Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2011/2012
My name is Liz and I am a healthy and active 43 year old. As I write this, I still can’t believe I have had bi-lateral hip resurfacing!. I just had my one year check up and I feel like I got my life back!
I had a BHR on my left hip in October of 2011 and a BHR on my right hip 7 months later in May of 2012.
I started having hip pain in my early 30′s after I had my daughters. I was a competitive swimmer in high school and college, but never had an injury. I tried several Doctors and treatments but the pain always came back with a vengeance.
When I was 39 I saw a new Doctor, an Orthopedic surgeon, who is also a friend of ours. I was diagnosed with a labrum tear and had surgery to repair it. I will never forget when my Doctor said that the surgery went great BUT….I had arthritis, bone on bone up in the joint and eventually I would need a hip replacement. He even showed me the pictures of my hip joint, but still I was shocked!
Almost exactly a year later I knew it was time. The pain was miserable, I was miserable, and my friends and family were teasing me about limping all the time.
My Doctor here in Springfield referred me to Dr. Kusuma because he thought I would be a candidate for resurfacing instead of a total hip replacement. I went to see Dr. Kusuma in Columbus and was immediately comfortable. He explained everything to me and scheduled the surgery at the Bone and Joint Center at Grant Hospital in Downtown Columbus. Everything about my surgery went exactly as it was supposed to. I can’t say enough great things about Dr. Kusuma, the other Doctors and nurses and all of the staff at Grant.
As I was doing PT here in Springfield, I noticed new pain in my other hip. On my 6 month check up with Dr. Kusuma we discovered I had new significant cartilage loss in my right hip. The decision to fix this hip was an easy one and I was not about to waste any time suffering! A month later I had a BHR on my right hip. I had the same great results and experience as the first time.
When I say I got my life back, I’m totally serious! In the year since my last surgery I have been to Disney, the Bahamas and I even went skiing again! What I am most grateful for are the day to to day things like going to my kids track meets and swim meets and walking the dog! I have no restrictions and no pain so I can do whatever I want! Oh, do I have plans!
HR’s Bilater Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2010/2011
No regrets – live life while you can!!!
In 2009 I was 34 and running about 20-30 miles per week and surfing every chance I had, but something wasn’t right. It was taking more and more miles on the road to get my stride warmed up and pace going and when I surfed I was feeling more and more stiff; since I worked behind a desk during the day I just attributed these symptoms to desk legs. In November of that year the pain came on and I could not even run around the block, let alone pop up on the surfboard. In January my chiropractor orders x-rays when treating me for my lower back pain and low and behold I was told I had the hips of an 80 year old.
My local orthopedic recommended Dr. Sharat Kusuma and the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure, but a procedure like this is not something you jump into without being absolutely sure yourself. So I started the research phase of my procedure visiting websites, blogs and inquiring with various doctors including the local hip doctor who performed my father’s hip replacement. The more I looked into the issue the more I realized you do not want to settle for a doctor new to hip resurfacing. During this time Dr. Kusuma was readily available via email and cell phone to answer my questions about his practice, experience and credentials in the hip resurfacing field.
In April of 2010 the pain became so unbearable I was not able to surf anymore. I continued to workout in the pool, but with a pull buoy as I could not kick. By August I decided to proceed with the surgery and travel from Florida to the Grant Medical Center in Ohio where Dr. Kusuma practices. At 35 years of age, the thought of missing an additional year of activity and the enjoyment of playing with my kids (without pain) was unbearable.
On December 1, 2010 I flew to Ohio for my right hip resurfacing on the 3rd. The morning of the third, I packed up my bag at the hotel and walked (with a limp) down the street to the hospital. A few hours later the pain I had, by this point on a continuous basis, was gone. Of course there was the surgery pain now, but my hip pain was gone! I flew home on December 7, 2010. By the end of the month, after the staples were removed, I was in the pool swimming and without a pull buoy – I could kick again. Although my other hip hurt, it was not as bad as having two bad hips.
In April of 2011 I took my longboard out on a nice small mellow-wave day. As the months went by I continued to swim and build up my leg strength longboarding on small days. By summertime I was able to charge some bigger days, but stuck with the longboard since my left hip was still bad and I didn’t have a wide enough stance for a shortboard due to its limited flexibility. (See attached pic of me longboarding with my one good hip.) However, the pain told me I needed to do my other hip and so I scheduled the surgery for November 2011.
November came and went and my second surgery was as successful as the first. Today I am 1.5+ years post my second surgery and doing great! See attached picture of me surfing in October 2012 – back on a shortboard!!!
If looking for a great hip resurface doctor, Dr. Kusuma should be at the top of your list.
Cheers and good luck to all of you going through this.
Jeff Asman Bilateral Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2012
My name is Jeff Asman. I am a commercial industrial painting contractor I am currently 54 years old and I live in Dublin Ohio. In 2009 I went to a orthopedic back doctor for a strained back I hurt while playing golf, my x-rays revealed that I had not injured my back as I had suspected but that I had some arthritis, nothing serious, but the x rays also revealed that my left hip was bone to bone and my right hip was close. I had no idea and the doctor told me that I would need a hip replacement in a short period of time.
I had absolutely no idea, and it totally freaked me out I knew that my hips had been tight for a long time but I thought it was my physical make up, I went to a orthopedic surgeon sometime in the 80′s when I was running 25-35 miles a week because my hips bothered me, but he told me I was fine. In 2005-2008 the trainer I worked out with told me that I had the tightest hips he had ever seen when we stretched out, and I had multiple massage therapist tell me that my hips were very tight, to the point that I went thru agonizing sessions of Rolfing to tear the connective tissue and to help improve flexibility, It didn’t help, still I had no idea that I was bone to bone or close. This started my research for the best possible solution to my hip problems, I read everything I could find online.
I talked to my doctor friends and surgeons that had performed surgeries on me. I made appointments with 3 renowned local hip surgeons 2 of which perform 700-900 per year, the first surgeon that I saw confirmed that I needed both hips replaced and he told me that he performed his surgeries with a metal to metal implants, when I ask him about hip resurfacing he told me the didn’t do the surgery, really nothing more. The second surgeon I saw told me he did 800-900 hip surgeries a year, he gave me his statistics and told me he would use a plastic and ceramic implant. He told me I would know when it was time to do the surgery based on the pain I was in and he suggested and scheduled cortisone injections for both hips, I thought the injections were great, maybe I could delay the inevitable, but it was confusing that the 1st surgeon was using metal on metal and he was using plastic and ceramic, when I ask him about resurfacing he told me he didn’t do the surgery.
I was really excited to go to the 3rd surgeon because their website advertised that they did hip resurfacing, and from everything I read it seemed more logical to me to preserve the natural femur head and support the weight the way it was designed to be supported, verses whacking off the femur bone rasping it out and putting a stem down the bone. Unfortunately, the 3rd surgeon totally bummed me out when he told me that he would not consider doing hip resurfacing on me unless I was 40 or younger, he told me that he was doing plastic and ceramic and he suggested that I do both hips at the same time. Now I was not only confused but I was not satisfied with the information and lack of consistency. One guy wants metal on metal, 2nd and 3rd guys want plastic and ceramic, 1 guy wants to do both the same day, 2 don’t think that’s possible.
So I continued to look and research for the best option and surgeon, while continuing to have my hips injected, in the mean time my bonding agent came to my office for a meeting, he was limping, so I ask him what was wrong and he told me that his hip was bothering him from a surgery he had 3 years prior, I asked him who performed the surgery and he told me it was the 3rd surgeon that I saw, and they did a hip Resurfacing, that didn’t make any sense because he is 55 and they told me that they wouldn’t do it unless I was under 40 or under, he told me the resurfacing was the surgery they had suggested and performed on him. After all this I looked for a nationally recognized surgeon and found Dr. Joel Matta. I sent my x rays to Dr. Matta, I read he had performed an anterior hip replacement on professional golfer Tom Watson, and he was hitting balls full go in 6 weeks and playing competitively 3 months after his surgery. A short time before going to see Dr. Matta, I was at my sons Lacrosse game talking with some of the parents, one of the fathers was talking about going to have his hip replaced at Cleveland Clinic in the next couple of days, another father was talking with us and seemed very knowledgeable so I asked him if he was a doctor and he told me that he was the Smith and Nephew rep, I told him what I had been going thru looking for the right person to perform my hip surgery and that I was getting ready to go se Dr. Matta in California.
He suggested that I see Dr. Peter Brooks at Cleveland Clinic who had performed over 1000 hip resurfacings or that I see a young Surgeon named Sharat Kusuma at Grant medical in Columbus Ohio. He said Sharat was one of the most meticulous surgeons he had ever worked with, his results were great and he was a real perfectionist. he also explained why the other surgeons I saw weren’t promoting or doing hip resurfacing whether or not it was product issue or that it was a more difficult and time consuming surgery. At his suggestion I saw Sharat, immediately I felt comfortable that I was having a more personal thorough discussion about the best options for me and why, after looking at my x-rays Sharat told me I was the perfect candidate for the BHR hip resurfacing implant, he suggested strongly that even if he didn’t do the resurfacing surgery, that I go to Dr. Brookes in Cleveland or Dr. Su in New York. He felt that it was the best surgery for me.
That day I made up my mind that Sharat was going to do my surgery, however it was the end of may and I had golf tournaments to play in June, July, August, and December, so we scheduled my left hip surgery for the 6th of January 2012 and my right hip 4 weeks later. I had Sharat inject me the 1st week of June and again the 1st of December before I went to play in a golf tournament in Bermuda from December 8th – 15th, we flew to Bermuda Saturday morning December 8th landed, threw our luggage in the villa, and raced to the course to play a practice round. My pro had asked me to request a handicap flag for the practice round so we could drive the cart on the course, we rolled up on the tee box behind a group of women, the tournament is the oldest pro-am golf tournament in the world, men, women, and seniors.
The women on the tee box questioned why we had a handicap flag, and our pro explained that I was going to have both hips replaced when we got back home, one of the women told us that her husband was a hip surgeon in Canada, I told her that I wasn’t having a traditional hip replacement, that I was having a hip resurfacing procedure that was fairly new in the US since 2006, she told me that her husband had been doing the resurfacing procedure in Canada for a while, his Name is Dr. Robert Bourne, and that her son Tim worked for Smith and Nephew. Pretty crazy I go all the way to Bermuda and I meet these people, 8 minutes one way or the other and it doesn’t happen, seemed like a sign to me that I made the right choice, I also got to talk to Dr. Bourne regarding the surgery when I got home, he assured me that the BHR surgery was a great procedure and he told me that his son was familiar with Sharat and that he spoke highly of him.
Friday morning January 6th I had my left hip surgery, I stayed in the hospital Friday, Saturday and went home Sunday morning, I went to the Office for a couple of hours Monday thru Friday and walked on the elliptical for 10 minutes I continued to use my elliptical daily adding time each day and added riding a stationary bike for a few minutes a day. I felt my recovery progressed well. A week and a half or two weeks after my surgery I got a call from Sharat asking if I would postpone my 2nd surgery 4 weeks so he could bring doctors in to view the surgery and have it broadcast in the auditorium, I agreed and we scheduled my surgery for Friday march 9th, again I stayed in the hospital Friday, Saturday, and went home Sunday morning, I started the elliptical again on Monday morning, I continued to walk on the elliptical and ride a bike for 2 months.
I started chipping golf balls about 4 weeks after my second surgery and I was playing in golf tournaments in 10 weeks by the end of May. One of the biggest changes I experienced after my surgery was that I was able to sleep , I hadn’t been able to sleep for the last 3-4 years tossing and turning trying to get comfortable.
Today one year after my surgeries I am very happy that I had the surgery and I feel very lucky to have found Sharat Kusuma, he is an awesome surgeon. I am able to do anything physically I want to do. This past July, 4 months after my 2nd surgery I was hiking in the mountains of Sedona, horse back riding and rafting with my family. Currently I am playing golf at least 54 holes a week sometimes 36 holes a day. I would highly recommend this procedure to anyone Sharat felt was a candidate .
John Vukovich’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2013
When I learned about the arthritis in my hip by my family doctor, he recommended talking to Dr. Kusuma. On my first visit he explained all of the options that were available to me and told me that it was my choice what course of action I wanted to take if and when the pain became worse.
When the time came that the pain medicine quit being effective, we discussed the temporary fix that the cortisone shot would have, but I wanted to hear more about the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing. He explained that more of your hip joint is left intact compared to a normal hip replacement. I was impressed to learn that he went to Birmingham, England to learn from the doctor who invented this procedure. I was confident in my decisio9n to go through with the surgery.
The patient care that Dr. Kusuma practices begins before the surgery; he made it a point to call the day before the surgery to check in and alleviate any concerns I may have had. Also, in addition to Dr. Kusuma, Dr. Nick and the Nurses, Aids, Physical Therapists, and the Lady Housekeepers at the Grant Bone and Joint Center all practiced the same amazing patient care- always asking if there was anything I needed before they left my room.
After 13 weeks of recovery and No Physical Therapy needed, I am back to work – PAIN FREE. At 64 years of age, and this being my first experience in a hospital in my adult life was GREAT! If you are a candidate of hip resurfacing, as a satisfied hip resurfacing patient, I would highly recommend Dr. Kusuma and his staff at the Grant Bone and Joint Center.
Ron’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2010
My name is Ron and I am 65 years old. I have always been a busy body and love to work outside on my pool and then yard. I have always been an active person. 3 years ago, I began having pain in my left hip that caused me to limp and I was unable to do a lot of things that I normally would do.
I went to see Dr. Kusuma at Grant Medical Center. He informed me that I had hip OA. He gave me a steroid shot and I felt great…for only a week, unfortunately. Next step was surgery. I was a candidate for a BHR. I had the surgery in October 2010.
Upon waking from anesthesia, the arthritic pain was GONE!! Of course, there was the typical postoperative pain and soreness but by the third week, I was wanting to lose the walker and cane. I was given home exercises to do but no outpatient physical therapy was needed!
I can’t say how much I recommend this surgery!
It was a life saver. Thanks to Dr. Kusuma for his wonderful work!
Chris H’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Kusuma 2012
As a gunshot survivor, I suffered from partial paralysis that led to the eventual degradation of my right hip. At age 16, I had a major hip reconstruction that left my right foot mostly paralyzed — this was a very sad and unexpected outcome from what I thought would be my "saving grace." Unfortunately, Hip Resurfacing was not a known or popular option 22 years ago.
I was lucky to come in contact with the surgeon, Sharat Kusuma, through a family member. He welcomed my condition with open arms and strongly suggested the hip resurfacing procedure. At that time I was in immense pain in my lower back and neck, and was also desperately hoping for something to help with strength and my walking gate.
I decided to go for it!
It is now 14 months after the surgery and I am extremely happy with the results.
My lower back pain is mostly gone, through the surgery and PT I walk with much greater confidence, and I feel as though my physical and mental future is much brighter.
I highly suggest this surgery to anyone!