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Anterior Hip Resurfacing Testimonials

Direct approach to hip replacement

Jill Porter is a lifelong athlete who pounds the pavement on courts and fields across a variety of sports.


So when her left hip started hurting, she hoped it was something that rehabilitation and anti-inflammatories would take care of.

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New operating table improves hip replacement surgery

Using a device that looks more like a torture rack than a surgical table, surgeons are now able to replace a hip through the front of the pelvis, limiting tissue and muscle damage and leading to faster recovery.

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Steve Goulet

Greetings from Houston, Texas! On December 10, 2008 I had a Cormet Hip Resurfacing prosthesis using the direct anterior approach performed by Dr. Stefan Kreuzer. The anterior direct approach (also known as “Smith Peteresen”) is relatively rare in the U.S. as many surgeons have not yet been trained with this approach.

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David M.

On the right is a photograph of a trip I made to Mexico in November. Here I am just 3 months after the [anterior hip resurfacing] surgery on top looking down at our vehicles (red circle). No pain, no problems. It gives an idea of where I am at physically right now after the surgery. Many thanks to Dr. Kreuzer and everyone at Memorial Bone and Joint. Thanks a bunch.

Nancy O

I had been having significant pain in my right hip for over 2 years and had been told by several doctors that I had arthritis and would have to wait for it to become much worse before anything…

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Jay C. Cooke

I’m 48 years old and just had my hip resurfaced using the anterior approach on 11/3/08 by Dr. Stefan Kreuzer. I spent some time on the surfacehippy website to educate myself prior to my surgery which helped a lot. I do however feel very little is mentioned about the anterior approach which I believe is just as important technology as is the resurfacing.

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Big Bill

I go in for resurfacing on 7/9. My surgeon is Dr. Stefan Kreuzer at Memorial Bone & Joint in Houston. He has done 50 resurfacings to date. He does the anterior approach (see the animated video on his website) and is using…

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John Drake

I’m 48 years old and just had my hip resurfaced using the anterior approach on 11/3/08 by Dr. Stefan Kreuzer. I spent some time on the surfacehippy website to educate myself prior to my surgery which helped a lot. I do however feel very little is mentioned about the anterior approach which I believe is just as important technology as is the resurfacing.

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Nigel Church

I am a 55 year old male. I have been active all my life in various sports which ultimately led to my hip cartilage damage.

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Raeburn Marshall

In March 2009 hip pain had significantly negatively impacted my life. Performing basic daily functions became extremely difficult.

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Anterior Total Hip Replacement Testimonials

Jackie Watkins

When I first started coming to your office in 2008, I was in so much pain due to Osteoarthritis intense in the left hip! On September 14, 2012, I decided to become pain free by way of recommended surgery using the Direct Anterior Approach with Stryker Navigation and with your anointed hands. You had encouraged me over the years to do this sooner than later; but being in denial I thought I could deal with it. I’m kicking myself daily for waiting as long as I did, I can hear your voice saying “I told you so”.

I was back at work Monday, September 24, 2012, without the use of a walker, crutch or cane.

Dr. Kreuzer you made my experiences at Memorial Bone and Joint Clinic a life-changing milestone that I tell everybody about! Thanks to you and your wonderful staff, I am able to return to what I love doing most being outside, jogging, fishing and walking with my beautiful miniature Schnauzer, who has plenty of attitude. I am amazed and it feels nothing shy of a miracle as if Jesus came down and touched me personally. When I tell people that I recently underwent hip replacement surgery, they gather two or more individuals as they are in disbelief that I am up walking and moving around as I am. I have written your contact information on napkins, grocery bags, envelopes and have texted and twitted your information to many.

Dr. Kreuzer you helped me take 4 years of fear/denial and toss it out the door and I can’t thank you enough for my new life.

And thank you, Yesenia, Linda, Kathy, Emily, and TEAM. Your excellence has changed my life.


Robert M. Lawrence

Dr. Kruezer, Dr. Cupic, Mike and the rest of the staff:
I had total hip replacement on Monday, was up and walking without any assistance on Tuesday, and am now home on Wednesday, just after noon. I have been essentially pain free the whole time.

Dr. Kruezer assured me of my chances of a good outcome, but did not over-promise. He instead over-delivered! Hardly any of my friends or family believe my experience, and to be honest I am having some dis-belief myself. But seeing is believing, and that is what happened.

I can’t thank you adequately, but let me just say- you’re the best!


Barbara H.

Barbara H. is a 65 year old female who had been suffering from arthritis for many years. Once she finally decided to have a hip replacement done, she received a new approach, “The Minimally Invasive Anterior Hip Approach.” She was amazed about her recovery.

Barbara H. said: “I never had any pain. I had my surgery on Tuesday, I walked over 1,000 feet on Thursday, did stairs by myself, and I went to church on Sunday carrying my cane.” Michelle her physical therapist said: “I have never seen anybody recover so fast from a hip replacement and when I watched her walk two days after surgery I could not tell which hip was replaced.”

Barbara H. was dismissed from her physical therapist after the third session since they did not feel that they could contribute any more to her recovery. “They were all amazed because they were also going to other people’s homes that had hip replacement surgery with the traditional approach and the patient had difficulties getting out of bed 2 to 3 weeks after surgery,” Barbara H. said.


Clarence B.

As I begin writing, my new hip has been in place for only 10 days. But what an amazing 10 days it has been. As the Blond Bomber, Dave Draper (27 & 60, Personalities) might say, I’m soaring high above the clouds in bright sunlight. Thanks to the marvelous new approach pioneered and perfected in this country by Los Angeles-based Joel Matta, MD, the mentor of my surgeon Swiss-born Stefan Kreuzer, MD, I’m more optimistic about the future than ever. I can’t wait any longer to begin telling you about it.

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Dick B.

Ahoy Mates, this is the story about a new, unbelievable, sensational, total hip joint replacement surgical procedure which I have just experienced.

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Ned

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.

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Lynn M

I’m 48 years old and just had my hip resurfaced using the anterior approach on 11/3/08 by Dr. Stefan Kreuzer. I spent some time on the surfacehippy website to educate myself prior to my surgery which helped a lot. I do however feel very little is mentioned about the anterior approach which I believe is just as important technology as is the resurfacing.

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Don B.

I have had both hips replaced, the first ten years ago utilizing the posterior approach. The recovery was very difficult. I was on crutches for about 6 weeks and went through several months of painful rehabilitation. In 2007 I had to have my other hip replaced. However, thanks to Dr. Stefan Kreuzer and his anterior approach, things were much different. I walked out of the hospital less than 2 days after surgery using only a cane for stability. My rehab was to walk 20 to 30 minutes twice a day. 6 weeks after surgery I was playing golf again. Having had both types of surgery, I can testify that in my case, Dr. Kreuzer and the anterior approach meant less pain, rehab, and a much faster recovery.


Bob

I have had both hips replaced. The first ten years ago utilizing the posterior approach. The recovery was very difficult. I was on crutches for about 6 weeks and went through several months of…

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Cynthia & Emmanuel

For several years I suffered with arthritis in both of my hips. However, for reasons that now seem ridiculous, I put off hip surgery. I just did not feel comfortable having the surgery. I seemed to have some underlying nagging doubts. Through a series of very interesting quirks of fate I found myself at Memorial Bone and Joint Clinic. Looking back I realize that…

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James M

My hip was replaced in May of 2004. I needed no physical therapy after leaving the hospital. I drove my self to the grocery store on the 7th day, shopped and…

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Rhoda B

I had severe pain in my left hip for 2 years for one reason or another I did not want to have surgery. I guess I was just thinking about the after…

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Ken R

I had my surgery on July 18, 2007 and stayed in the hospital for only 2 days. I rehabed at my home for 2 weeks and then was back…

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Betty K

On 11/12/07 I had a total right hip replacement. I was hospitalized for three days. After I arrived home, I immediately began to walk about the house and, in a few days, to the end of the driveway. I did not have to take…

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David W

On February 7, 2007 I had a total left hip replacement. I had my surgery on a Wednesday morning and I was walking the following morning with only the help of a walker. I was home…

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Julie W

At 44, facing a hip replacement seemed RIDICULOUS! Dr. K agreed, but also knew how much pain I was feeling, the limited mobility I had, and the…

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Gary E

When your 86 year old father-in-law says you walk worse than he does, it gets your attention. I had been an active (golf, gym work, yard work, etc) 57 year old. Over the course of 12 to 14 months I was unable to do any of…

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Diana B

Having been misdiagnosed for a long time and having tried other conservative methods without success, including core decompression of the left hip, I eventually went to see Dr. Kreuzer on the advice of a friend who had had two successful hip replacements done by him.

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Nigel C

I saw Dr. K in November 2007. At the time I could barely walk, my right hip was bone on bone with the cartilage worn away due to years of sport.

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Steve H

I had a hip replaced using the posterior approach 9 years ago and the other hip replaced using the anterior approach in October 2008. As I told Dr. Kreuzer at my post-op visit, the anterior is a “cakewalk” compared to the posterior.

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Ken D

I wanted to dance at my son’s wedding on 6/7, and after having surgery on 4/1, I was able to do that. No pain, no…

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E.J.

Dr. Kreuzer,

I just got back from a show in Houston and stayed with my brother Dr. J.A. and I told him how appreciative I was about the hip replacement. He suggested I write you a note. I had thought about doing this anyway but this morning I had the brilliant idea of using my new apple laptop since my old computer was a hideous dinosaur and this way I spare you the chore of reading my handwriting which is slightly better than my brother’s.

Anyway, to finally get to the point!!!! This operation has been amazing, and now that I am almost 4 months out I feel extraordinary energy and vitality. I do not think I comprehended how much energy was going to my bad hip physically and mentally. I did not want to go to medical solutions for the problem so there was so much resistance and sadness that I could not conquer the situation on my own. Now I feel so good I wonder what the fuss was about. Friends were amazed at how speedy the recovery was and I kept saying it was an amazing operation.

So thank you again for your surgical skill.

Sincerely, E.J.


Makoplasty® Testimonials

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Jerry H.

Thirty days have gone by and I am now (waited to see the results) going to write a letter to Foundation Surgical Hospital as well as post this to the Rotary District 5890 website which is looked at by over 4000 Rotarians plus their family and friends. Dr. K and the Mako Plasty procedure should be shared with the world. As far as I am concerned this truly is a medical miracle. Walking without pain is the most wonderful thing. It really changed my life. I will always be in your debt.

On 10/31/07 I had a partial knee replacement operation. I walked (sort of) in like a duck, and at 9:30 they took me to the OR and I was back in my room by 1:00. At 1:30 a nurse came and said it was time to walk. I walked without a limp, cane or knee pain. The arthritic knee joint cannot have gone past a certain stage, but if a person is there it is like a miracle. If you would like to see this computer driven surgery info go to www.makosurgical.com. My surgeon, Dr. Stefan Kreuzer, was very skillful and more than great, and the Mako Surgical computer controlled the boundaries of the drill so the hole for the implant was perfect. If a person could use this procedure that would be wonderful. There are only 5 of these machines in the world, one of which is here in Houston at Foundation Surgical Hospital and there only two surgeons in Houston certified to use the machine. I know in my heart that my doctor is the best! I am going to write an article for the Rotary District website. There are a lot of Rotarians in the 50 to 70 age group that could benefit.

Please note that I do daily exercises and take walks to strengthen my leg and get the range of motion in my knee back. It is great to walk without pain (I get very emotional about this!). I also lost 26 pounds which I needed to do anyway, but good physical shape improves the outcome of anything.

Read Jerry’s Letters to Foundation Surgical Hospital and the Rotary District Knee Patient Experience

Regards,
Jerry


Femoro Acetabular Impingement (FAI) Testimonials

On Sept. 8th I had hip surgery in your hospital (Memorial Hermann). Dr. Stefan Kreuzer was my surgeon. I had been having significant pain in my right hip for over 2 years and had been told by several doctors that I had arthritis and would have to wait for it to become much worse before anything could be done. Dr. Kreuzer was able to identify anterior femoroacetabular impingement instead. He was able to correct the condition successfully. I am writing to thank you for providing the special table that was used in my surgery. I know that it is expensive and not many hospitals have them. Without that table, I would still be in pain and have difficulty walking. I can now play with my grandchildren, walk without a limp and enjoy life once more – a true gift. I am so grateful to Memorial Hermann and to Dr. Kreuzer. The recovery was quick and easy. Because of your hospital and this talented doctor I am living pain free once again – a true blessing. Thank you and may God bless your hospital and the work done there.

Nancy O’Gorman


Knee Surgery

New technology eliminates guesswork in knee surgeries

Operating with a computer-assisted visualization guide consisting of one high-def TV for Dr. Stefan Kreuzer and another for an associate who keeps watch over the software, a robotic arm gently directs the surgeon’s hand as he chisels an ever-so-precise chunk from the tip of a patient’s arthritis-damaged femur. Should Kreuzer wander off course the least little bit, the computer squawks irritably, then locks him down cold.

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General

Carroll Wade Pogue

Pogue Carroll Wade Pogue, died Thursday, October 13 following an eight month struggle with declining health. He was born in O’Donnell, Texas, November 19, 1925, to Chester Pogue and Mamie Cogburn Pogue. He spent his childhood and teen years in Throckmorton, Texas, until he joined the Navy in March 1944. He was discharged in May 1946, having spent fourteen months of sea duty in the Pacific.

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