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“I feel great. The change is amazing. The day I went in for surgery, the pain — on a scale of 1 to 10 — was a 20. After I woke up, all the pain in the joint was gone. What I was feeling after is what I would call discomfort. Nothing like what I was feeling before. Nothing like the excruciating pain I had suffered through. Iy’m back at the gym, back on my motorcycle — back to the active lifestyle I want.”
After spending more than two decades saving others the time had come to save himself. Gary Whiting, a local firefighter, started noticing stiffness in his left hip at age 45. A passionate motorcycle rider, Gary decided to make a change when he couldn't enjoy his Sunday ride.
“It got to the point where I couldn't lift my leg off the floorboard. It was a safety and quality of life issue.”
Gary describes the pain as having sandpaper or a file between the joints in his left hip. Every time he moved it felt like something abrasive was sitting between the joint. Gary’s family physician referred him to John Hall, MD.
“My doctor told me no one was going to make up my mind for me. I would have to do that myself. The pain just got so great; I realized all the drugs in the world weren't going to help ease the pain.”
Gary was unable to be athletic, a passion he had before the pain. Just a few weeks after surgery, he was back at the gym once, sometimes twice, a day. He is back to his healthy self and, of course, hey’s back on the bike.