I played competitive tennis throughout my youth and into college. I competed at both a national and international for over 10+ years, ultimately reaching All-American Status collegiately for two seasons at Washington University in St. Louis.
After college, I still played as competitively as possible, starting with a combination of USTA leagues, nationally sanctioned events and several local club events. As I progressed into my mid-thirties, I started to experience minor discomfort in my lower back. Over time, that discomfort ultimately worked its way to my hip. So much so that I found the need to consult with a doctor. After years of wear and tear, it turned out that I was a candidate for a full hip replacement. I initially ignored my doctor’s advice, thinking that with rest and physical therapy, I could overcome the discomfort. I was mistaken. Rest and rehab did nothing to curb the effects of a wobbly hip. At the age of 41, I opted to get full hip replacement surgery to my right side. Five years later, I had my second full hip replacement, this one to my left hip. Both were two of the wisest choices I have made.
I can say with confidence that I am far healthier and competitive than I was even five years before my initial surgery. As my doctor at Orthopaedic Specialty Group, Dr. Robert Stanton told me – “Jason, do you want to be the best you can be right now, or do you want to wait another 10 years?” Bob’s advice and guidance was some of the best I have ever received. I am grateful to him and his team, particularly Dr. David Bindleglass who performed my surgery. Bob and his team have allowed me to enjoy sports and life in a way that 10 years ago was unimaginable. Thank you.
My treatment and recovery
I had my latest surgery on September 28th of 2015. On January 15th of 2016, I was playing tennis and paddle tennis with some of my former cohorts – both without pain and without inhibition in movement. That confidence was tremendously important to getting back on the courts again.