My name is Ryan Foray and I’m 29 years old bartender from Richmond, VA. I was born with hip dysplasia in my left socket and had multiple procedures as a toddler in order to fix it, as well as a procedure in middle school to help correct walking. I knew that a total hip replacement would be down the road, but I never knew exactly when.

I was always an active individual, playing soccer and basketball growing up as a kid, as well as Volleyball and Swimming in high school. I always knew I had somewhat of a limitation based on pain tolerance as well as my hip joint not being 100%. I met with Dr. William Jiranek and his VCU Health Medical team in my mid 20’s to look at the current situation I had and what my options were.

I was always stubborn and tried to push off the pain tolerance through most of my life with the help of Voltaren as prescribed by doctors. I stayed active in college and began to lift weights and even started to run 10ks. It wasn’t until one 10K race that I felt like my leg give out of me. It created self-doubt and made me believe I would never be able to do things that most normal individuals could do.

I was in a depressive state while trying to stay active and keep weight off but would always be discouraged with my situation. I was scared to have surgery. It would be a huge change and I didn’t know how long recovery would be. I didn’t know if I could financially be able to deal with it. However, with the support of my family and close ones, I finally decided in 2015 that it was time to take the leap and have a total left hip replacement through VCU Medical. I’m well over two years since my surgery and I can honestly say I’m in the best shape of my life physically, mentally, and emotionally.

My treatment and recovery

I had my procedure in September of 2015. I remember being without medication for a week and being in total pain. When I woke up, I didn’t feel a thing. It was a total night and day on how I had felt for so many years. Even with the anesthesia, it makes you pretty emotional. I was in the hospital from Wednesday morning until Friday Afternoon. Within 24 hours of my surgery, I was able to walk with a walker and climb stairs. When I got home, it became “go time”! I met with a physical therapist once a week to learn various exercises and stretches. By weeks after my surgery, I was able to walk with a cane. By week 4, I was walking and able to drive again. By Week 5, I was back at work! I pursued my goals by following directions, staying active, and not overdoing it so quickly. I had a small gym near my house that I was already a member of that I used to slowly get back into shape. A complete night and day when it comes to pain. There are times I even forget that I had surgery.

I ran the 2016 Monument 10K in Richmond 6 months after surgery and the first one after surgery. I switched gyms with more equipment and now have more goals with no limitations. I was able to enjoy things such as lifting weights and able to run and jump without any sort of pain or second guessing myself if I could do it or not. I joined an adult volleyball league and play once a week. I picked up swimming again. I started doing yoga! I even picked up power-lifting as a hobby and have increased my strength more and more each week. It’s also pushed me to decide that I would like to compete in power-lifting competitions in 2018! I’m also pushing myself that I’d love to help others and become a personal trainer!

Tip

Take your time. Follow doctor's orders. Don't be scared when it comes to change. Every recovering day gets better than the past one.

My Second First

Because of my orthopedic care, I was able to get back into the swing of things physically.

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