Two New Hips!

It’s been a while for any kind of post but here we go. I recently had my left hip replaced with a state of the art prosthetic. The procedure was done at VCU’s teaching hospital by Dr. Jason Hull. This is the first real surgery I’ve undergone since my prostate removal. I had an epidural and so was semi-awake during the operation. The doc also a golfer was a character and asked me if while he was replacing the hip should he do a little “tuning”. I asked him what he meant and he said, “Well you know, I could trim a bit here and there and give you a power draw or a power fade on your drive.” I said, “how about down the middle.” He said, “No problem.” (LOL)

Seriously, I was really impressed at the speed of my recovery. My operation took place February 14th (Valentines Day) and six weeks later, I’m back on the golf course. True, I have to relearn my swing timing, but its interesting that I seem to be standing more erect instead of leaning and my putting has improved. The most important part is that I’m pain free. I was quite miserable before the operation and if I stepped incorrectly, the pain was excruciating.

As far as the hospital is concerned, I could not have received better care. It was also interesting to review the hospital bills. I was quite surprised at the “list prices” submitted by the hospital and the actual payment provided by Medicare and my supplemental insurance. By the way, VCU is a city hospital and accepts patients from all walks of life. Medicare is a great deal for seniors so I am dismayed to learn that due to the Affordible Health Care Plan or “Obamacare” the cost will go from $99.00 a month to over $250.00 a month.

Anyway, I really recommend VCU and Dr. Hull.

Update: I had the hip done again by Dr. Hull but at St. Mary’s as he moved his practice there. Again, I was back playing within 7 weeks.

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