29 November 2018
Keen golfer Tony Rossborough was back in the swing of things just weeks after having a hip replacement operation.
Now, less than seven weeks after surgery at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, near Birmingham West Midlands, the 66-year-old financial adviser is golfing three times a week and is happy to report his game is actually improving.
Tony, who lives with wife Angie, in Earlsdon, first started having hip pain in 2014 but decided against surgery and concentrated more on physiotherapy to keep him on the move.
But by this summer, the stiffness of the hip and the pain it was causing became a real problem and Tony decided ‘something had to be done.’
After a meeting with Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Panos Makrides, it was decided that a total hip replacement was the way to get Tony on the path to pain-free movement.
Mr Makrides explains: “There are ways to manage the pain for a certain amount of time - both with exercise and medication - but in this case I felt that had been done for as a long as possible and that the best option now was replacement surgery.
“Modern hip surgery is very reliable and outcomes are very good almost all of the time but some people recover from surgery much quicker than others.
“Tony is a very fit and active person and was in good shape before the surgery. Once the operation was over he worked very hard on his physiotherapy to get himself back to full fitness.”
Back at his home course of Kenilworth and hoping to bring his present handicap down ‘a little bit’ Tony, who had his physiotherapy at Spire Parkway where his daughter Kelly is a physiotherapist, says he has been delighted with the speed of his return to fitness.
“I did set myself targets – dog walks got longer and more frequent as the days went on – but a return to golf was top of the list. I built up gradually, a few ‘looseners’ at the driving range and then a couple of nine-hole games to make sure everything was working well,” he said.
“Then, less than four weeks after the op, I played my first 18-hole game and that was it. Everything went well and apart from a little stiffness and soreness around the wound I felt great.
“I’m now back to playing three rounds a week and things are improving all the time so I really would like to thank Mr Makrides and the physio staff at Spire Parkway for all their hard work and encouragement.”
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