Tom has always led an active life. He’s worked as a delivery driver for 24 years, hopping in and out of trucks and carrying packages. For years he was runner – he ran the NY marathon twice. And he is a black belt in Tae Kwan Do.
But about 10 years ago, at age 43, Tom broke down at mile 17 of the Hartford Marathon. He powered through to the finish, but he had to walk some.
“Something’s not right,” he thought. An X-ray revealed arthritis in his hip. His doctor said that if Tom were in his 50s or 60s, he’d recommend a hip replacement. But it was too early, at the time.
Over the next ten years, Tom noticed his flexibility slowly decreasing and his Tae Kwan Do kicks getting lower. “When you’re a black belt and you’re trying to show a child how to do a side kick, and you can’t even do one, that’s frustrating.” Running was a struggle, too, “By the end, I couldn’t even run a quarter of a mile. The two big things I liked to do, I couldn’t really do anymore.”
That’s when a friend who worked at Tom’s doctor’s office mentioned a new doctor at the practice. The doctor was offering a brand new technique called hip resurfacing. Tom remembered reading about resurfacing a few years earlier, before it was approved in the US. “I remember my wife saying, ‘you know, if you can hold on, this sounds like you.”
Then he met a martial artist who had his hip resurfaced. The two “swapped war stories,” and what he heard gave Tom hope that hip resurfacing could help him enjoy his favorite activities again. Tom met with the new doctor and scheduled surgery for August 2007, at age 53.
Tom was practicing Tae Kwan Do again by October 2007, two months after his surgery. He started slowly, at first, just doing light kicks in the air. But he noticed an improvement every month. “At a year, I really saw the difference. Now I’ve got the flexibility back. I can rotate my hips.” He’s also running again. “I go out about three times a week and run two or three miles. And I run on the treadmill at the gym.”
Tom’s physical recovery is remarkable. But he stresses that the surgery has repaired more than just his hip. When he couldn’t do what he wanted to, it was mentally frustrating as well as physically frustrating. To him, “the biggest thing” now is having his quality of life back.
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