Patient Profile

David

Profession: Education
Hobbies: MotoSport
Doctor: Dr, Adam Sassoon

Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.

I initially had my hip looked at by three different doctors and got two opinions: resurfacing, arthroscopic and the third opinion said either.

Five years after that it was as bad as ever. Went to UW Sports Medicine and saw Dr. Sassoon. He confirmed a previous total-replacement diagnosis.

What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?

They were very factual about what I was facing and didn't sugar-coat the issues. They were able to explain to a non-surgeon what had to be done, before, during, and after the procedure.

What can you do now that you could not do before surgery? Have you been able to return to your hobbies or sports at the same level as pre-injury or at an even higher level?

I am much better than I was before the surgery, but I still don't have the flexibility and strength I would like. Dr. Sassoon has, however, done a good job in tempering my expectations and helping understand that I'm pushing the limits of what I can expect.

My aikido has suffered somewhat, but it's getting better.

My motorcycling is hit or miss. Normal, day to day is fine, no issues. I run into issues when I'm at the track, pushing hard, but that was after only 7 months post replacement (Sorry, Dr. Sassoon, I couldn't resist any longer). It's a strength issue that has only gotten better.

I spent three weeks in the British Isles walking 8-10 miles a day. Guess what hurt? Not my hip! It was so nice.

What advice would you like to share with a patient with a condition such as yours who is considering surgery?

If the surgeon says you need a new hip, GET IT DONE!

My life quality has improved so much overall since I had it done. I'm not in pain, I'm not a miserable turd of a human, which means everyone around me is better off.

Please share any additional comments!

Take the time to get into as good as shape as you can before hand. Start three-four months out! DO. THE. PT. Start when you're laying on the bed. DO IT!