Surgery Tips


Dr. Rogersons tips from his patients

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Post Op Tips from Dr. Rogerson’s patient  – Diane Marty LBHR 1/17/11

Elbow crutches are supplied by Dr. Rogerson.    A set of occupational therapy adaptive tools are they in your Hip Hab apartment and you’ll get instructions on how to use them.

Mandatory purchase:     Dr. Rogerson has his patients sleep with a set of contoured pillows  between the legs for 5-6 weeks post op.
Two other helpful purchases he suggested are:  forearm crutch bag that is very handy to put small items in:  (  and ice packs.  The ice packs are polyurethane durable packs by Sammons Preston.   You are really going to need them because they bring great swelling & pain relief!    For me, I was very thankful that my husband got two raised toilet risers (with arms) for our downstairs and upstairs bathroom.  It would have been impossible for me to lower like that and not break the hip precautions stated below!

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Derek McMinn’s Tips from his Patients

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Cal and I spent three weeks at the Premier Inn in Birmingham, on Hagley Road.  Of course, I was in the hospital six nights.  It’s a budget hotel, but we recommend it highly.  The restaurant attached to the hotel is very good (we’re both into healthy eating), and the buffet breakfast in particular is a great value.  The hotel is a short walk to McMinn’s consulting office, and a little more than a mile away from the hospital.  We didn’t rent a car.  Cal walked between the hotel and hospital a number of times; it’s an easy 30-minute walk though a pleasant residential area–he walked it, I didn’t.  We used the local buses a lot (multiple times every day), although there isn’t a direct line between the hotel and hospital; it’s a complicated connection.  Otherwise, the hotel or hospital can call a cab for you; it’s about a $10 fare including tip.  The hotel can be booked on the internet at  Based upon our experience, I would definitely reserve the “triple room for 2 adults and 1 child.”  We looked at the “double disabled room,” thinking that it might be appropriate, but the “triple room” was much better.  There is a separate fee for internet access.

The night before we flew out of Heathrow, we stayed at the Premier Inn at the airport.  It’s labeled “M4/J4,” signifying the road junction where it’s located.  There is a shuttle bus to the airport.  You can reserve this hotel on the above website also.

We found it easier and cheaper to fly from San Francisco to London and then take a bus to Birmingham.  There is a bus station at Heathrow.

Dr. Bose Tips from his patients

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Vicky also has created a Checklist for patients going to India here India Checklist

Posted on January 20, 2010 Message #154844
Notes From Chennai -10 Days Post Op
Mike Turner RBHR Dr. Bose 11 Jan 2010
We head back State-side tomorrow after a visit just short of three weeks.  Nothing earth shattering I’m sure but here are some fresh thoughts about our trip to India for my RBHR. Hopefully a SurfaceHippy or two soon headed this way will find a tidbit of the information useful.

– I carried about $50 in singles but very early on wished I’d brought $100 or even more. They are priceless for daily tipping and all of the drivers, porters, etc opted for US greenbacks when I offered them dollars or rupees. One driver stated he wanted to have a buck to show his children.

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Dr. Gross Tips from his Patients

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Dr. Gross Tips
by Karen Mitchell
RH Biomet uncemented / Dr. Gross (SC) 04/02/08

Here’s some info on the knowledge I learned about Dr. Gross:
Dr. Gross is very advanced (for example):

  • He’s done over 1500 hip resurfacings
  • He does minimal invasive surgery (small 4 inch incision)
  • He uses your blood to make a mixture to put in the femur cap and along the incision for bone growth and faster incision healing
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Dr. Su Tips From His Patients

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Tips from Vince – Bilateral Dr. Su patient

The cab from JFK or Newark was about $45 plus tip. The car service (Lincoln Continental) was about $52 plus tip. Credit cards are accepted. The waiting line for a cab at the airport was quite long. If you call for the car service it will conveniently pick up at the airport or Belaire (call 212-777-7777 for the car service). You need not be apprehensive about having a bilateral. The anesthesiologist will put in a couple blocks so you that thighs will be numb when you wake up. He also will take your blood pressure low so you will lose little blood. I was standing up with a walker the day after surgery, with good color, and with no joint pain. Sliding your rear end in and out of bed can be a tricky if you are sweaty. My nurse technician put baby powder on my sheet so my rear end would slide more easily across the sheet. I drank a lot of ginger ale, even in recovery if you ask for it.

Bilateral BRH Dr. Su 08-22-08

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Dr. Vijay Bose Preoperative

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Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Surgery – Preoperative investigations
Preoperative  preparation Protocol

(For Dr. Vijay C. Bose patients)

Joint Replacement surgery has seen many recent developments and now gives consistently gratifying results using appropriate implants in the respective age groups. However it is a major surgical undertaking and must be given the utmost care and preparation. It is never an emergency procedure and thus the patient must be in an  ‘Best possible condition’ at the time of the surgery.

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