Brad Hansen of Hudson knew he needed to do something for the pain he was suffering in his hip for the past two to three years. An active 45 year old dairy farmer, who plays racquetball and golfs on a regular basis, also knew he needed a surgery that would get him back to his active lifestyle fast!
Dr. Jeffrey Clark, Cedar Valley Orthopedics, had the answer. Dr. Clark is one of the midwest’s most experienced and highly-trained surgeons in the direct anterior total hip replacement. The anterior approach involves a surgical incision on the front of the hip instead of the side (lateral approach) or the buttock area (posterior approach). The anterior approach allows the surgeon to gain access to the hip joint through muscle intervals without cutting muscles or tendons. Because no muscles or tendons are sacrificed during the procedure, the patient typically experiences less pain and is more functional.
“I knew this was the way to go. I needed something that could get me back to my busy day to day life as quickly as possible,” Brad commented. Brad met with Dr. Clark at the Waverly Health Center and surgery was set for June of 2020.
Surgery day arrived and Brad checked in for his outpatient procedure. “Everything went well and I was discharged the same day. I was walking, slowly, the next day around the farm and 45 days later I was walking 9 holes on the golf course,” Brad continued.
“The care was great and the staff were very good throughout the entire surgical process. It’s amazing and I’m blown away that I have absolutely no pain,” Brad concluded.