Do your research and select the best surgeon possible – like I did.
In 2010 and early 2011 my arthritic right hip finally forced me to give up or cut back on a lot of the activities I loved–competing in triathlons with my son, winter hiking on snowshoes, and barefoot water skiing.
In addition, snow skiing, slalom water skiing, and just plain walking without limping became problematic. As I researched hip resurfacing and found Dr. Gross, I began to have hope for the resumption of a lot of the activities, but I must admit I was skeptical when Dr. Gross told me I could resume ALL of my prior activities, even barefoot water skiing. I had the surgery in October 2011 and my recovery went very well–the hardest part was holding back from TOO much activity.
I've been able to return to a very active lifestyle.
I've had both of my hips resurfaced by Dr. Gross, one in 2008 and the other in 2013. Post surgery, I've been able to return to a very active lifestyle. During the week, I work for an investment management firm. But most weekends find me whitewater kayaking in the mountains of North Georgia or Western North Carolina. This photo is from the Cheoah River in Robbinsville, NC.
Bilateral Biomet Uncemented Hip Resurfacing
2008 / 2013
I am so grateful to Dr. Gross and Nurse Webb.
I have just been for my one year check up on my bilateral hip resurfacing and everything looks perfect. I had reached the point where I had constant pain and stiffness in both hips that was affecting every aspect of my working and private life. I am a dressage instructor so having functioning hips is crucial.
I had been told that I had to have a THR but felt I was too young and active and fortunately met someone who had had a HR done by Dr. Gross. Dr. Gross told me I could do them both in the same week which would mean less time off work and I had them done in April 2012. I started back riding in October and was back to full strength by January 2013.
I couldn't have done ANY of this without this amazing surgery!
Not sure how many 64-year-old gals you have to show off Dr. Gross's work and both of your superb care. There are two NC state medals–one for a winning softball senior games team (55-60) and the other for winning the NC racquetball in my age group (60-64.)
Both qualified me for the Nationals in 2013. The larger medals are for a first and second place in an Eastern National Senior Racquetball event. Bottom line–I couldn't have done ANY of this without this amazing surgery!
Hope all's well with everyone–best always!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Dr. Gross and Lee resurfaced my right hip March of 2013. Here are some pictures of me playing tennis after my surgery. I wanted to share these with you too! Still going strong!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Have a great day!
- J. L. L.
Biomet Uncemented Right Hip
Not a day goes by that I don't think about how great it is to be pain free!
I put together a short video showing me before and after my hip resurfacing. I wanted to share it with you.
I am two years post op TOMORROW. My hip is wonderful and not a day goes by that I don't think about how great it is to be pain-free! Before my surgery, I could barely tie my own shoes and had constant pain 24 hours a day!
I am doing exceptionally well with my hip and want to share with you.
I am doing exceptionally well with my hip and want to share with you an achievement from last summer (2011) that would have been impossible without my resurfaced hip.
Last August we went to Colorado for vacation and I successfully hiked to the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,110 ft. I hiked it alone on the Barr Trail which is a 13-mile hike with an elevation gain of 7400 ft from the trailhead to the summit. It took me 7 hours and 20 minutes to complete.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE FORMS BELOW. Follow instructions A for new patients and B for follow-up.
A1. Use this page to download "new patient" forms. All files are in Adobe Acrobat format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader, you can download it here.
Once complete, please FedEx the package to:
Thomas P. Gross M.D.
Midlands Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, P.A.
1910 Blanding St.
Columbia, SC 29201
B1. Use this page to download "follow-up" forms. All files are in Adobe Acrobat format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader, you can download it here
B2. We request postoperative follow-up at 6 weeks (4 weeks for knees), 3 months (knees only), 1 year, 2 years, and every 2 years therafter. You can schedule an in-office visit for each of these intervals by calling (803) 256-4107, or you can complete a remote follow-up. For remote follow-ups, please download the follow-up package below AND READ THROUGH THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. PRINT, FILL OUT, AND MAIL IN. We require the following materials for your remote follow-up:
- 6 weeks (2-4 week knees) - questonnaire, physical exam, x-rays, and mission statement disclosure form
- 3 months (knees only) - questonnaire, physical exam, and x-rays
- 1 year - questionnaire, physical exam, and x-rays
- 2 year hips - questionnaire, x-rays, physical exam, and metal ion test | 2 year knees - questionnaire, physical exam, and x-rays
- >2 years - questionnaire and x-rays
New Patient Forms
OUT-OF-STATE PATIENTS: When all information is submitted, Evelyn will send the completed file to Dr. Gross for review. Usually, he will be able to call you within 3 weeks of receiving your information. Please be alert to calls from a blocked phone number or from any phone # with an 803 area code because Dr. Gross will call from home, the office, or the hospital.
I. For initial evaluation (choose one):
- New hip patient packet
- New knee patient packet
II. Information needed to schedule surgery (after initial eval):
- Mission Statement and Disclosure Form
- Please read our Privacy Information Form
- CBC Request (your PCP can order this)
- Please read through Insurance Information carefully
- *Optional/As needed* - Claimant Information for Disability FMLA benefits
*Section II forms (not necessary for intial evaluation) ARE REQUIRED PRIOR TO SCHEDULING SURGERY.
I have already recommended your medical facility to several others.
I am so grateful that Dr. Gross was willing to take me as a patient for hip resurfacing on my left hip. With that intervention, I have been active, full of life and productive in the community.
This photo was taken June 3 by a volunteer at the close of the 'Tour de Cure' bicycle event to benefit diabetes research. (This is a national program and two such events were held in Alaska, one in Anchorage and the other in Fairbanks.) There were three levels of participation, 100 km, 50 km and 25 km. Thanks to the hip that is now working, I am happy to say that I completed the 25 km route (along with about 500 other people), had a wonderful time, and raised $150 for diabetes research.
Thank you for restoring such an important aspect of my life.
At 5 months post op now, wow I love, love, love my new hip. I feel as if I have been reborn. Sounds corny, but it is true. I have so much more energy now that it is not going towards how bad my hip hurts! The decision to do HR vs. THR was the best decision I have ever made.
This picture was taken last weekend in Pawley's Island, SC just short of 15 weeks post-op. I am pain-free and am now able to enjoy the things I like to do. I am a professor of physical education and athletic training, I also teach gymnastics and practice yoga.