North Lake Tahoe, Nevada
• Jack Patterson at age 68 had experienced pain in his lower back for many months prior to May 2011.
• Having been a professional ski instructor and being very active as a hiker, his loss of mobility and the difficulty of pursuing former recreational activities was upsetting.
• Jack sought treatment at a back clinic. Upon review of his x-rays it was determined that rather than a back problem, it was his hips that were the issue.
• Jack contacted a local orthopaedist, Dr. Jeffrey Dodd, who informed Jack that he needed bi-lateral (both hips) hip replacement surgery.
• In reviewing his options, Jack contacted a neighbor who had experienced hip replacement surgery, and Jack did other research.
• He discovered that the anterior approach (through the front of the hips) would require fewer restrictions following surgery and would allow him to return to his recreational activities sooner than the posterior approach (through the rear of the buttocks) method of hip replacement.
• On May 24, 2011 Jack had his anterior approach bi-lateral hip replacement procedure done by Dr. Dodd. The day after surgery Jack was up walking.
• Released after three nights in the hospital following surgery, Jack went home where he faced a flight of stairs with twenty-two steps in order to reach the bedrooms on the second level of his home.
• Jack began to climb the stairs himself while his wife and sister-in-law accompanied him in case he needed help. He made the climb of the stairs without assistance and by the next day was out walking on the street.
Rehabilitation and Recovery
• As a fit, active person, Jack’s recovery was more rapid than most patients following hip replacement surgery. By August 16, 2011, less than three months following surgery, Jack went on a 14-mile day hike over rocky, uneven terrain.
• On August 30, 2011 he went on a 19-mile hike.
• On September 13, 2013 he and his wife hiked up Mt. Whitney in California, the highest summit in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet, with a vertical gain on the hiking trail of 6,400 ft. They had made the ascent three times in the years before his hip replacement surgery. He has also recently returned to skiing and all his other former recreational activities.