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Overcoming Osteoarthritis and Hip Replacement Surgery

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Hip replacement surgery is the second most common joint replacement procedure in this country, closely following knee replacements. However, it can be difficult to know when the right time to have the surgery is. Here's the story of one Quitman man's success story of having two hip replacements...and bouncing back.

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The last thing Eldon Fry needed in his life... was hip pain.

Eldon Fry says, "It started in my hip and it would run all the way down my leg into my foot. It was an unbearable kind of pain. I'm a rancher so being out working with cattle and horses everyday it got to where I could not ride a horse at all."

Fry had developed Osteoarthritis in both hips. His loss of flexibility limited his ability to get around... and the loss of mobility made it impossible to do his work. So, he sought the help of orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Herbert Hahn.

"He was facing a progressive downhill course. He got to the point where he couldn't really go anymore." said Dr. Hahn.

Fry had his first hip replacement surgery on May 31st, 2011.. at the age of 58. His doctor replaced his hip joint with a prosthetic implant. Several months later, he had his other hip replaced.

"About three months after the second one, I was back to riding a horse again. It's something I hadn't done in 18 months." said Fry.

With surgeries like this... it's all about the rehab, and if patients can fully commit to that... doctors say quality of life will drastically improve.

Dr. Hahn says, "Most of the time, people will feel dramatically better than they did before surgery within a few weeks."

Fry adds, "your quality of life will be so much better to go ahead and get it fixed."

If you would like to learn more about hip replacement surgery, or other common orthopedic procedures... we have linked Ortho Arkansas' web site to ours.