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Metal to Metal Surface Replacement from J.R.I./Dr. Amstutz

From: Darrin Pampaian (
Date: 04 Jul 2001
Time: 01:09:02
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I'm 33 years old, fairly active, live in Reedley CA (near Fresno), and I had an arthritic hip. I got into the research study at the Joint Research Institute at LA's Orthopaedic Hospital with Dr. Harlan Amstutz ( In Dec. 2000 I received a Conserve-Plus metal to metal surface replacement made by Wright Medical Technology ( I was in the hospital for five days. I needed no painkillers post-op. I walked out of the hospital under my own power with crutches. I used the crutches for two weeks then started walking on my own with a slight limp. By the six week check up I was almost back to normal. The only complication was that my physical therapist was so happy with my progress that she had me jog and I pulled my hamstring. It's now seven months post-op and I am completely back to normal. I've been more active this summer than the past three and I even went water skiing two weeks ago. It's needless to say but I think this surgery was the greatest thing to ever happen to me. I feel I was very lucky to find J.R.I. and Dr. Amstutz and I would recommend surface replacement over a total hip replacement anytime.

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