NewsCenter 16 Special Report: Hip in a Day, Part 1

Hip surgery is nothing new. 300,000 people have their hips replaced every year.

But what if you could get a new hip and go home the same day?

It's happening, right here in South Bend.

It's 7 a.m. at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, and orthopedic surgeon Fred Ferlic is going to replace Roy Schrimsher's hip in a procedure called a mini total hip arthroplasty.

The Granger man had his right hip replaced five years ago, and has a massive scar running down his leg to prove it.

This surgery will be much different.

“The old way is large incisions, you cut a lot of muscle, there is a lot of pain involved, and he's had that done on the other side,” says Dr. Ferlic. “This, with a small incision, has a lot of advantages, in that he can go home right away.”

Roy suffers from osteoarthritis and in addition to already having one hip replaced, he also had both shoulders replaced. So he's looking forward to walking again without pain.

“I've really been battling with it for about the last year,” says Roy. “My foot's turned out and it's trying to prevent that pain in my hip, and now it's got my back screwed up.”

Anyone who has had hip replacement surgery might find Dr. Ferlic's game plan unbelievable.

“We'll get you up about noon and then you'll have physical therapy, have physical therapy again at three, I'll be up about four and then you can go home,” says Dr. Ferlic.

And if that isn't mind boggling, listen to doctor's orders for the day after the procedure.

“I want you to be as active as possible, walk on it tonight,” instructs Dr. Ferlic. “Tomorrow I want you to be active and if you're going out for a cup of coffee he should go with you.

Time for surgery, but Dr. Ferlic has a little fun with Roy before going to scrub in.

“Maureen, I told Roy yesterday you were going to show his cheek you know, and you were going to use a wide angle,” joked Dr. Ferlic.

So, did Roy's surgery go as planned, and did he make it out of the hospital later that day? Tune in Thursday on NewsCenter 16 at 11 as we go inside the operating room.

This outpatient hip replacement surgery is generally performed on people 65 and younger who have no other medical problems, like diabetes, heart and kidney disease.

To read and see Part 2, click here.

For more information contact:

South Bend Orthopaedics
Fred Ferlic, M.D.
Phone: (574) 247-9441
Toll-Free: (800) 424-0367

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