Total Hip Replacement: Bob’s Story
My name is Bob Reynolds. I’m 52 years old. On May 19, 2014, I started experiencing lower back pain and groin problems. I went to many different doctors to get a diagnosis. I had two MRIs and three epidural steroid injections. I saw two neurosurgeons and a rheumatologist, and none of these people could help me with my lower back pain.
After three and a half months of extreme pain, I decided to go to my regular doctor to see if I could find anybody else. Otherwise, I wanted to go to the Mayo Clinic. He then decided that I needed to go see Dr. Scott Wingerter at Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedics.
When I first saw Dr. Wingerter, he came into the room, and he was a very kind person. He decided to do an X-ray because he felt like it may be avascular necrosis (AVN). After the first X-ray, Dr. Wingerter knew exactly what it was. He wanted to be sure, so he sent me for a third MRI.
Dr. Wingerter then suggested I have total hip replacement surgery on both sides. We did the first hip replacement on September 29, and it was very successful. I was in the hospital for three days – which was what Dr. Wingerter said I would have to do. Three months later was when he wanted to do the second hip replacement. However, we moved it up to six weeks later because the first hip replacement was so successful.
Physical therapy is part of the recovery recommended by Dr. Wingerter. It’s a must. You need to do physical therapy as soon as possible. The sooner you do it, the sooner you get better.
It is eight months after my second total hip replacement surgery, and I’m doing great now. I would highly recommend Dr. Wingerter for any joint problems. He has an extremely good bedside manner – he tells you exactly what he’s going to do, and he does it.