Hip Replacement

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Hip replacement for dad Oct 22, 2019 (2 responses below)
Hip replacement Jan 12, 2018 (3 responses below)
  • Hip replacement for dad

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    Hi everyone, my dad is planning to have hip replacement surgery here in the Bay Area (he lives in San Diego) and I would love any recommendations for a great surgeon in the East Bay or San Francisco - he has Kaiser insurance. He is hoping for the newish "minimally invasive" technique but we'll take recommendations for all great doctors! Thanks much.

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    I don't know whether he takes Kaiser, but Basil Alwattar did my hip replacement last year, using the less invasive anterior approach, and I was quite happy with him, his co-surgeon, his staff, and the results: I was traveling around on my own in England, walking several miles a day, 4 months later. (It helps to be a fairly fit and active person to begin with.) https://calsportsortho.com/our-team/basil-alwattar-md/

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    Hi, I would definitely recommend Dr. Christopher Grimsrud at Kaiser Oakland for hip replacement. He specializes in the anterior approach. I had a total hip replacement with him in 2016 and the results have been great. No pain (post PT period) and I hike around the Berkeley paths quite a bit and average over 4 miles of waking per day. That said, I did focus on rigorously doing all the physical therapy provided by Kaiser both at home and periodic visits for the first 4 or so months. Not sure what his expectations of "minimally invasive" are. I do have about a three inch scar.

  • Hip replacement

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    I am looking for a recommendation for an orthopedic surgeon for hip replacement surgery.  I didnt see any current ones in the files.  Much thanks.

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    Dr. Thomas Peatman / Webster Orthopedics.

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    I had two total hip replacements three years ago (six months apart) and I can't recommend Basil Alwatar in Oakland more highly. He was personable, straightforward, he still works with his mentor of fifteen years (i.e. humble and always learning), and is known by local PTs to be one of the best around. His staff were great communicators and I was able to get any questions answered. I recommend him 110%.

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    Dr Christopher Chen is the best. I am a local PT and see lots of surgeon's hip replacements and he is the best. I was a medical engineer before he became an orthopedic surgeon.

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Jan 2006

I am writing for someone who may be looking at hip replacement surgery soon. We hear conflicting stories so would really appreciate hearing from those who have actually gone through this. We would like to know your thoughts on: 1) What hospital did you go to? 2) What surgeon did the surgery? 3) What sort of athletic activities could/did you do before and what can/do you do now? 4) How did the surgery change your life +/-? 5) How old were you when you did this and how old are you now? 6) What should you have asked before? 7) What advice would you offer to someone thinking about this?
Many thanks in advance. Just writing this makes me feel like I am helping somehow... worried friend

I presently am rehabilitating from knee replacement surgery and while the particulars differ from hip replacement, and at this point it would be premature for me to comment about long term positive effects it has had on my life -- although already I am not experiencing any pain and am cautiously optimistic that this will turn out to be a life-changing event -- I can 100% recommend my surgeon, Dr. H.M.''Mac'' Reynolds. He is superb and as far as I have been able to determine THE hip and knee replacement expert in the East Bay area. He is tops! Terrific bedside manner and committed to his patients besides being an excellent surgeon.

And, Kathy Geier, his nurse practitioner is outstanding also. I am in my mid 50's and suffer from arthritic knees -- too many marathons -- so I am on the young side for replacement surgery.

While Dr. Reynolds' office is in Oakland, he operates at San Leandro Hospital. I was very well cared for there. It is my understanding that he is the only hip and knee replacement surgeon there, so all the nurses and other staff are trained in his protocol. I am very happy -- so far -- with the result and hope your friend contacts Dr. Reynolds, 3300 Webster Street, 510/836-3300. Please invite your friend to email me.
not limping any more

I forwarded your post to a friend who had hip replacement surgery a few years ago as a side effect of long-term cancer therapy. Here's what he had to say:

1) UCSF orthopedics clinic
2) Michael Ries, who developed the kind of hip replacement I have.
3) Hip replacement limits ability to do anything high impact on the hips; e.g., running, jumping, walking really long distances, and carrying really heavy things. There are also certain positions which are dangerous (hip may pop out of socket). For example, it is difficult and not advisable to sit cross-legged on the floor. In general I try to avoid sitting on the floor.
4) see above. Otherwise, the hips feel amazingly normal. Oh, I do always set off the metal detectors in the airport.
5) 35 at the time.
6) Establish a clear plan for recovery. It will take a lot of time (many months) and will involve a lot of pain (for which you will take a lot of narcotic, which will prevent you from doing anything that requires alertness, like work or drive a car, which makes you dependent on other people), a lot of inconvenience (even without the drugs, you would not be able to drive a car anyway. And you can't sit in a bath tub. And no stairs). You will likely start with a wheelchair, than a walker, than crutches, than a cane. And at some point you will have to do physical therapy, which is hard work.

So you will have to make arrangements for:
- 24-7 care, for a couple of months.
- housing: live on the first floor. free up enough space to move a wheelchair. No steps allowed anywhere!
- work... after pain eases enough, you can work from home, if this is an option.
- money: Check your employer's rules for disability and your health coverage for stuff like wheelchairs and physical therapy.
- have your doctor get a disability placard for your car as soon as possible.
- stock up on books.

Be clear to yourself and your caregivers and employer... you will be severely disabled for a while, any personal issues you have about dependence or autonomy, get over them. And take the drugs.

The good thing is that in the end your hips will likely work amazingly and unexpectedly well. And in the mean time you will have read lots of good books. jinko