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Back in the Saddle: Cyclist Thrives After Double Hip Replacement


When Scott first walked into my office I thought this was one of the most dynamic people I’d ever met you know he talked to me about
his military background being in the Special Forces all the things he had
done athletically and so I knew that he had the motivation and determination to
do really well with bilateral hip surgery and so in 1993 I did my very
first marathon and then when I really got involved in the marathoning it was
probably 1999 and that’s when the bug really took in to marathoning and it
complimented a lot of the athletic requirements you have within the
military and being prepared and being physically fit at first I had a
physician telling me that’s probably bursitis it’ll go away in a couple weeks
don’t run and then but the pain didn’t go away the physician at that time said
your running days are over and you are finished running if you continue to run
you’re gonna grind down that cartilage very quickly and you’re gonna have to
have some type of hip replacement in in very near term feature he recommended
that the other aerobic type of exercises that I could do is you can go into
swimming or he can go into cycling road bike cycling and after that I got a new
bug and the new bug was cycling Scott had severe arthritis of his bilateral
hips he’d completely worn out that cartilage on both sides of his hips and
he was essentially bone on bone bilaterally and when you get that
grinding sensation that’s a huge pain generator for a patient so for somebody
like Scott his ability to do things that he loved like cycling or even walking
for an extended distance were severely limited by his arthritis walking 50
meters became so intensely painful in 2017 that I think the time in the crossroads
came that I need to have hip replacement when we’re doing the actual surgery the
patients are on a special table that allows us to get great access to both
their acetabulum or their socket and their femur for putting in the stem
the other nice thing I like about the approach is that we can take x-rays of
the affected hip and the non affected hip so we
can make sure the biomechanics of the hip or reproduced well with surgery and
the nice thing about that is is that patients get a little benefit I think in
terms of their early recovery and their discontinuation of assist devices Scott
did fantastic and given you know his level of preoperative conditioning his
recovery was dramatic in how quickly he was pain-free in fact while he was in
the hospital the next day after surgery he told me doc my deep pain is
completely gone and it was a long 39 days of waiting before I could actually
get back in the bike and have my first day out doing the things that I loved

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