My treatment and recovery
I had always dreamed of riding my bike across the country, ocean-to-ocean. I realized that I wasn’t getting any younger, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind until I accomplished it. The ride started to seem like an impossible task though, especially because of the arthritis in my hip. However, I didn’t give up on my dream and went to seek help at OrthoArizona – Arizona Orthopaedic Associates.
I was introduced to Dr. David Ott, who practices in Phoenix. We talked about joint replacement surgery and eventually decided on an anterior hip replacement operation for myself. Dr. Ott assured me that the procedure wasn’t very invasive and that I would be up and riding my bike soon.
In just one week I was able to walk without assistance, and in about four weeks I was back on my bicycle. It was amazing how perfectly things worked out and how quickly I was able to start training for my big ride.
About a year after the surgery, I completed my bike ride. I started in Manhattan Beach, California, and ended up at Revere Beach in Boston seven weeks later. I made the trek with about 17 people in the CrossRoads Cycling Adventures group. We rode from 5-10 hours a day, and I managed to reach our goal without injuries.
When I got back, I made an appointment with Dr. Ott. He said a lot of people don’t think they can do these types of things with a new hip. But he did an x-ray of the surgery area and couldn’t find anything wrong at all. My experience with Dr. Ott couldn’t have been better. I couldn’t have done better anywhere else.