It seems like a miracle. I had osteoarthritic pain for the
last 4 - 5 years in my left hip. I had been to two other
orthopaedic surgeons in Austin, Texas who told me I needed a hip
replacement. This was prior to the anterior approach and I just
kept putting it off waiting for something better and was just
less active to keep the pain down.
Then we moved to the Houston area and it turned out our next
door neighbor's son was a representative for Stryker Hip
Replacement joints. He told me Doctor Stefan Kreuzer was the
only surgeon he would recommend because he did the anterior
approach which also required a special operating table. There
were only two tables in Houston and Dr. Kreuzer, as Chief of
Orthopaedics, Memorial Hermann, Memorial City Hospital, had
access to one of them and the special training and experience
required to perform this surgery.
I am 60 years old, not overweight, and previously fairly active.
The surgery was done on May 25, 2006 and I was walking with the
aid of a walker, which I barely needed, the evening of the
surgery. The next day I was walking all around the orthopaedic
floor hardly using the walker. The next day I was discharged and
walked to the parking garage where my wife drove me home. The
following day my wife and I went to the neighbor's Memorial
Holiday party and people were amazed that I was walking without
any aid. I haven't used any walking aids since and have been
driving, walking, and going up and down stairs everyday since.
Yes, I had some swelling, numbness, and aching in that left leg,
but it has gotten better each day. Although no muscles are cut
there still is a lot of trauma to the leg during the procedure
that takes time to heal.
Today, thirteen days post surgery, I had a visit with Dr.
Kreuzer. He seemed very pleased with my recovery and my walking
ability and gave me no restrictions on activities. He authorized
me to return to work next Monday.
Dr. Kreuzer used a Smith & Nephew titanium shaft with an Oxinium
ball and a Stryker titanium cup with a high density polyethylene
insert. The Oxinium ball is produced exclusively by Smith &
Nephew and has the wear characteristics of ceramic without the
risk of breaking. Dr. Kreuzer helped design the stem and ball.
Dr. Kreuzer explained that the only part likely to wear out is
the polyethylene cup over time. It can be replaced without
changing the other parts through the same type of one incision,
anterior approach, surgery.
I feel very lucky that Dr. Kreuzer was recommended to me and
extremely impressed with his ability and expertise to perform
this unique surgery. I was also very pleased with the staff at
Memorial Hermann, Memorial City Hospital.