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Sharp Health News

Getting back into the swing of things (video)

Nov. 13, 2017

Many of us have an activity or hobby that we are passionate about: that thing that gets us up in the morning with a spring in our step, or motivates us to get through the day. For Bob Young, that activity is golf.

“I played golf with my dad into his late 70s and I’d have myself there, my dad there and my son there,” says Young. “It’s a multigenerational thing that we can do. Golf to me is something that I think I’ll be able to do for the rest of my life with my kids.”

But chronic hip pain nearly kept Young off the golf course. Only a few holes into each outing, the pain would interfere with his enjoyment of the game. Pain, which he admits, he played with for nearly four years.

He was referred to Dr. Steven Allsing, a joint replacement surgeon affiliated with Sharp Coronado Hospital, who found advanced arthritis in the hip. Dr. Allsing recommended hip replacement surgery using technology offered at Sharp Coronado and Sharp Memorial hospitals: MAKO robotic-arm assisted surgery.

Dr. Allsing used a CT scan to develop a personalized surgical plan for Bob, to deliver exactly the results planned out ahead of time, all with a high degree of accuracy — and with a faster recovery time than traditional open surgery.

Four months later, Bob says he feels like a brand-new golfer. An analysis of his golf swing before and after surgery showed a 20-degree difference in his hip turn before he even hit the driving range.

“To me, it is a 200 percent difference,” Young says.

Watch the video above to see more of Bob’s story. Learn more about options for chronic joint pain.

For the news media: To talk with Bob Young or Dr. Steven Allsing for an upcoming story, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at erica.carlson@sharp.com.

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