Total Hip Replacement: Honore’s Story
My name is Honore Ashcraft. I’m 75 years old, and I’m going strong — but I had knee pain that got progressively worse, probably over the period of two years — maybe even three years. I didn’t know it was my hip that was the culprit, but I had a hard time crawling up — and I do mean crawling — upstairs and going down stairs. I eventually started using a cane because I felt much more stable with a cane, and I would shy away from going up stairs because I didn’t like them anymore.
My first visit with Dr. Scott Wingerter was in January of 2015. One of the things I really liked about him was that he said, “Try physical therapy for six to eight weeks, and if that doesn’t work, then come back. If it works, well, then don’t come back.” So I did the physical therapy, and it worked for probably six to eight weeks, but then I had to go back to him and say, “I can’t stand this anymore!”
It’s been a little bit more than three months since the surgery, and what surprised me the most was that even before seven weeks was up, Dr. Wingerter said it was fine that I go to Los Angeles. So with my cane, of course, I went on the airplane and had a wonderful Christmas holiday in Los Angeles. And since then everything has been terrific — free from pain!