Hip, hip, hooray for Kay Glynn and beginning of surgery recovery
W60 star Kay Glynn is the masters track embodiment of Diana “Never Ever Give Up!” Nyad. Kay’s dream was to stay in the game. But a year and a half ago, she feared her vaulting-hurdling-throwing career was over at 59. She reported having dysplasia and the need for a total hip replacement. A week ago came wondrous news: “Instead of having a total hip replacement, I finally had a hip resurfacing done, which six doctors said I wasn’t a candidate for,” Kay writes. “I had it done by Dr. (Thomas) Gross in Columbia, SC, on Wednesday, Aug. 21 and was released two days later on Friday. I was one of the five resurfacings he did that day.”
While I really didn’t have any pain after surgery, and I am now off of pain medications and Tylenol, the range of motion restrictions are pretty strict for six weeks. Then, I finally get to tie my shoes but the exercises that I will get to do will still be very specific and limited until the 6-month time period.
Time is just needed for my tissues to grow into the uncemented implants. At six months, I can start to do pretty much everything (dancing, cartwheeling and jogging) except jumping events. I will need to wait for the jumping and other extremely high-impact exercises until one year. After that, I can do anything without any fear of any dislocation, etc. and that includes any contortions that you’re used to seeing me do!
My doctor says that he feels that with the expertise, inventions, experience and knowledge that he has acquired after doing 3,000 of these resurfacings, the resurfaced joint will not wear out. Also, in my case, he found that I had such a slight amount of hip dysplasia that he would not even say that I had hip dysplasia.
We have to keep educating our doctors. Even after seeing my bone-on-bone joint directly, he said that he didn’t see how I high jumped off of it a few weeks earlier at my last meet before surgery. Hearing this just makes my meet record setting jump of 4’6″ at the NSGA even funner! He just attributed it to a high threshhold for pain. I swear, I did it with a smileâ€”there was no pain! Oh, and my other hip that also has arthritis in it without any symptoms. He said that it looked like it had many good years left in it!