Clean Bill of Health on Hips 8+ Years Later

My orthopedic doc in Morgan Hill, Dr. Wong, desired an update x-ray of my hips since I was experiencing hip discomfort. He was pretty sure it was piriformis syndrome however desired to rule out problems with my hip implants. A couple of days ago I did my follow-up visit with him and whatever looks fine. I asked what he tried to find and he said a tight joint with the bone inside the femur, and no sign of erosion of the bone. Likewise the location around the socket looks fine. My last follow-up with my surgeon, Dr. Abidi, was in 2014, and these shots look really comparable to what I remember from then. This likewise wound up being a consultation from Dr. Wong. He seemed to like Dr. Abidis handiwork. These are Biomet implants,, the socket is cobalt-chrome, the insert and “ball” titanium, and the lining between the two is ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. The lining is extremely low friction and wear-resistant so must last a long time. It is possible it will wear ultimately and need to be replaced by modification surgery. But that is much less involved than the initial replacement procedure.

Far so great! I am truly grateful for this outcome which enables me to stay active. I chose a nice long walk then a bike trip to celebrate.
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January 23, 2021January 22, 2021

My orthopedic doc in Morgan Hill, Dr. Wong, desired an upgrade x-ray of my hips considering that I was grumbling of hip pain. A couple of days ago I did my follow-up see with him and everything looks fine. I asked what he looked for and he said a tight joint with the bone inside the femur, and no indication of disintegration of the bone. My last follow-up with my surgeon, Dr. Abidi, was in 2014, and these shots look really similar to what I remember from then.

I am a Mechanical Engineer born in 1953, Ph. D, Stanford, 1980. I have been active in the mechanical CAE field for years. I also have a lifelong interest in outside activities and physical fitness. I have had both hips replaced and a heart valve replacement due to a genetic condition. This blog chronicles my experiences in remaining active in spite of these bumps in the roadway.
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