Orthopaedic Patient Testimonial: Arthur

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Orthopaedic Patient TestimonialArthur on The Move 

When Arthur began having knee and hip problems, he worried he might have to stop doing things that caused him to break into a sweat, like playing racquetball. He also worried about things that caused him to break into a smile, like riding a motorcycle or coloring with his granddaughter.

Arthur’s active lifestyle helped cause torn ligaments and muscles in his knee and shoulder and enough cartilage damage to warrant replacing both knees and both hips.

Dr. Stephen Fox from Concord Orthopaedics performed the latest procedure, an anterior hip replacement, at The Orthopaedic Institute at Concord Hospital.

“I was thinking if I don’t do the surgery, I’ll probably never be able to play again,” said Arthur.

The Concord attorney was talking about life, not just racquetball.

“I’ve always been active,” he said. “This was a life change I couldn’t accept.”

By evening of the day of Arthur’s hip surgery, he was walking around. The next morning, he walked out of Concord Hospital on crutches. Three months later he was walking with no problem, mowing the lawn, doing stairs and playing racquetball. He also resumed a favorite past-time from decades ago: riding a motorcycle.

Indoors, Arthur rolls over in bed without waking up in pain and doesn’t cringe when his granddaughter pulls out the coloring book.

“In order to color, I had to get on my hands and knees with her,” he said. “I really couldn’t do that before the surgery because it was too painful.”

Arthur marvels at the quick recovery from his latest hip replacement, because things weren’t as simple after his first replacement in 2006. That operation was a posterior hip replacement, the routine procedure at the time, in which surgeons accessed the hip from the rear. For the second operation, with new techniques and equipment, Dr. Fox accessed the hip from the front, sparring muscle, reducing the risk of complication and shortening recovery time.

From preoperative education to surgery at The Orthopaedic Institute to his rehabilitation, Arthur said everyone he encountered was very professional, friendly and cooperative, which contributed to getting him back to the things he loves.