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    Jim - Climbing His Way Back

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    Jim - Climbing His Way Back

    Jim Pink is an energetic guy, so when he began to experience pain in his groin whenever he went up and down a ladder, he began to get concerned. For most people, climbing up and down a ladder is a rare occurrence reserved for annual events such as putting up holiday lights, a star at the top of a tree and other special events.

    But Jim, who owns Pink’s Custom Draperies, goes up and down a ladder about 50 times a day. Experiencing pain while doing so was no trivial matter and not using a ladder for his business really wasn’t an option.

    “The first few times I experienced the pain, it was in my groin.” said Jim. “The idea that it might have something to do with my hip was the furthest thing from my mind.”

    Over the next few weeks the pain increased and began to move over his right side thigh, hip, and buttocks. “The pain got progressively worse and I realized I needed to go to the doctor.” Jim visited his primary care physician who immediately ordered a series of x-rays. It wasn’t long before the results confirmed that Jim’s right hip was nothing but bone-on-bone.

    Jim was referred to Sutter Medical Group’s orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Bergeson, D.O. Dr. Bergeson specializes in anterior hip replacement. This newer type of procedure is highlighted by its laparoscopic and minimally invasive approach. The Anterior Approach to hip replacement surgery allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the lateral (side) or the posterior (back) approach. This way, the hip can be replaced without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur during surgery. The surgeon can simply work through the natural interval between the muscles. The most important muscles for hip function, the gluteal muscles that attach to the pelvis and femur, are left undisturbed, and therefore do not require a healing process to recover from surgical trauma.

    The results are often characterized by quicker recovery time, reduced length of stay in the hospital, and an overall reduction in pain.

    Jim says that within two weeks he was up and walking with a cane. He also had a few weeks of physical therapy and within two and half months was back to work, ladders and all. “It is great to be back to work and back outdoors working in my yard too.”

    Learn more information about Dr. Bergeson and Sutter Medical Group’s Orthopedic Department in Auburn.


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