My name is Frederick Mark Burgee. I am most often called Mark by my close friends and co-workers. What is stated on this website is for informational purposes and is only my opinion or personal experience. You should do your homework and form your own opinions before any surgical experience. When searching for information myself I was unable to find much that was non generic or a personal testament. I developed this site to share my experiences and thoughts. I will be happy to answer questions as best I can but my only area of expertise is on the life of Mark Burgee.
I have been active all my life running on the track team in school as well as football. I was very active as a child in the pre-video game era playing all number of sports organized and just for fun. At 15 years old I ran in and completed a 50 mile race with my father and over the next 20 years ran that distance 4 other times. In my mid 30's I had a friend who got me interested in triathlons and over the next 18 years I ran in over 110 of them the last one was in 2009. In my mid and late 40's I trained for and ran in 4 marathons as well, twice in the Baltimore race and twice in the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC. I also played competitive softball (if there is such a thing) all through my 20's continuing until I was 47 sometimes on 3 different teams a year. My first indication of a problem with my hip was in 1991 during a trip to Disney world with my family. My right hip ached the more I walked around that week. Upon returning home I saw an Orthopedic Surgeon who told me I had the beginnings of osteoarthritis. I didn't really know what that was or pay much attention to this and the symptoms or associated pain ebbed and flowed over the coming years. In 2005 the pain had increased enough that I saw a different Orthopedist who confirmed the first doctor's opinion and said I would eventually need Hip Replacement. I didn't know much about hip replacement so I began to study which lead me to several other doctors over the years all ending with the same conclusion. In 2006 I saw a doctor at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore who could do minimally invasive surgery with at least theoretically a smaller incision and quicker recover time. The interested me As I naively thought I could more quickly return to the activities that had destroyed my hip in the first place. The doctor I saw said he thought in 1-2 years I would come back asking for the surgery due to pain. I continued to run and exercise as my pain was more nuisance, than life altering. I my early 40's I tried to run consecutively for 365 days just to see if I could so, minimum of 3 miles a day. 2016 days later I finally stopped. I'm sure this kind of nonsense hastened the destruction of the cartilage in my hip but was and am pretty hard headed. My behaviors have more clarity in the rear view. Knowing everything I know today I doubt I if I could go back I would change much. The experiences I had created memories,frieindships and family experiences I would not trade for a healthy hip. In 2008 my brother asked me to consult with a friend of his before i scheduled any procedure. In 2006 I had purchased a home in St Petersburg FL with the intention of moving there someday and to use on the weekends in the winter. My brother's friend is an Orthopedic Surgeon in Clearwater Fl who specialized in minimally invasive hip and knee procedures using computer navigated assistance. I had read the pros and cons of minimally invasive hip replacements and won't bore you with them as you can research as I did. But it seemed to me minimally invasive surgery done by the "right experienced doctor" would have less cons than pros. Computer navigation as I understood it helps with alignment of the joint and thusly theoretically is longer lasting, made sense. His friend was Dr. John Kilgore of Orthopedic Associates West Florida. I first saw Dr Kilgore in June 2008 and he thought next year or so I would have to do something with the joint. I had explored my options over the years and decided when the time came Dr. Kilgore would do my surgery. I have been involved in the Make A Wish Triathlon in Bethany Beach, Delaware for years and did my last race there in 2008. It is such a great cause and was able to raise quite a bit of money each year I felt I made a difference. Through out 2009 my hip deteriorated and I ran the last time Thanksgiving day 2009. Summer of 2010 I scheduled my surgery for August 16th. I was having alot more of the pain spikes when I walked or moved. I had subconciously turned my right foot in when i walked and didn't notice until a co-worker asked about it. I would get frequent pain jabs if tried to walk with my foot straight or pointed out. Sometimes when I laid down or sat down my hip would ache but this was very rare. I tolerate pain pretty well so this whole experience has been very complex to me. Doctors kept telling I would know when was time to do this or I would beg them for relief, but I never reached this point. I can't put it on any one thing but was approaching critical mass. The following is a diary of my experiences in hopes i can help others.