After 65 active years of mountain biking, hiking and working in a physically demanding career, Wendell Bordash was starting to feel the wear on his right hip. As the years passed, he was alarmed to find he was walking with a limp, struggling with stairs and missing out on experiences with his young grandchildren. Determined to get his mobility and his life back, Wendell turned to Dr. Mark Tuttle at OrthoONE at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL) for life-changing total hip replacement surgery.
Correcting a Slow Decline in Health and Mobility
Around age 60, Wendell started to notice that the years of activity and hard work were starting to catch up with him.
“I’d been an avid mountain biker for many years, and my career working for a utility company required a lot of time up and down ladders,” said Wendell. “By 60, I had some arthritis in my right hip and I’d taken a few hard falls. As the years passed, the limp got worse.” As Wendell approached his mid-60’s, his right hip continued to decline – He was walking slowly, often with a cane; he couldn’t get up and down stairs as easily as he used to; and he was starting to deal with muscle loss and pain in his right knee and ankle.
Wendell started the process with his primary care physician and went through several months of physical therapy, with little improvement. He was referred to the OrthoONE team and finally to Dr. Mark Tuttle at P/SL for total hip replacement surgery.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery with an Expert Orthopedic Physician
“From the moment I met Dr. Tuttle, I had complete faith that I was in the best hands to get my mobility back,” said Wendell. “I immediately felt informed and comfortable, he gave me a lot of information about what to expect and why I was a good fit for the procedure.”
As an active and healthy senior, Dr. Tuttle determined Wendell was an ideal candidate for direct anterior total hip arthroplasty. Dr. Tuttle is board-certified and fellowship-trained in orthopedic surgery, with a specialty in adult reconstruction and anterior hip replacement.
On the morning of the surgery, Wendell’s family dropped him off for the procedure and left to get some breakfast. They were surprised to learn his total hip replacement surgery was done about 45 minutes later.
Leaps and Bounds in Mobility and Lifestyle
“My wife and family were shocked that my surgery lasted less than an hour,” laughed Wendell. “The procedure was quick, and my recovery process has been smooth and easy. There was very little pain or discomfort during the healing process, and I’ve been amazed at how much mobility I’ve gained since. I credit Dr. Tuttle with giving me my life back.”
In the months after the surgery, Wendell’s limp is long gone. He’s biking again, walking miles around his neighborhood without trouble, and taking on the stairs like he did in his youth. Best of all, he’s able to goof around and run alongside his 12-year-old granddaughter.
“Dr. Tuttle and I have both been so pleased with my recovery,” he explained. “At my two week check-in, I waltzed into the room with no cane, no walker and no limp. Dr. Tuttle did a double take. And since then, it’s gotten better every day.”
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