Kyle Cashin is a serious athlete. He has participated in endurance sports for more than 22 years, including 19 Ironman competitions, 15 24-hour mountain bike races, five 50-mile runs and one run of 100 miles.
Years of intense activity took a toll, and arthritis gave the father and personal trainer hip pain and back aches.
He thought he could live with it. But after a rough bike ride with his son, when Mr. Cashin couldn't lift his leg high enough to climb onto his bike without assistance.
“Our fast-track joint replacement is a reimagining of what's possible,” said Dr. Hepinstall. “It resembles traditional hip or knee replacement in many ways, but a combination of many small improvements in care delivers extraordinary results." As a result, patients of all ages and stages get back on their feet sooner than they would with traditional procedures — sometimes on the same day as surgery.
Less-invasive surgical techniques, new pain-control methods that minimize side effects, and same-day physical therapy are some of the stand-out features. Recovery times vary based on the surgery and each patient’s condition, but a one- or two-day hospital stay is not unusual.
In fact, Mr. Cashin returned to work just two days after his surgery and was back to enjoying pain-free bike rides with his son within a week.
“My biggest fear was that I wouldn’t be able to get my lifestyle back,” Mr. Cashin said. “Not only did it come back — it’s better than ever.”