NewsCenter 16 Special Report: Hip in a Day, Part 2

Americans have witnessed some significant medical advances and some setbacks and challenges, but hip replacement surgery isn't one of them.

It's just after 7:30 am and Roy Schrimsher of Granger is being wheeled into surgery.

Roy is having what's called a mini total hip arthroplasty - hip replacement.

If all goes according to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Fred Ferlic’s plan, Roy will go home later today.

Unlike traditional surgery, Roy won't need to be "put out."

Anesthesiologist Matt Jachim gave Roy an epidural and a little versed to relax him.

With light music in the background, Dr. Ferlic and his team prep Roy, measuring his leg.

Ferlic and physician's assistant Jake Fraker scrub in and at 8 am and Roy's surgery gets underway.

Making a roughly three inch incision, Dr. Ferlic spreads the muscle. Instead of cutting it, he splits it.

Dislocating Roy's hip took some muscle from Dr. Ferlic.

“His hip was socked in pretty good with arthritis,” says Dr. Ferlic. “I've dislocated the hip from the socket and now I'm going to take the head out and measure it."

Dr. Ferlic has to get a precise measurement so he knows exactly where to cut.

Next, he works on the area where the prosthetic ball will eventually go.

“So we got the cup in, so we're going to secure the cup with a screw, one screw so it won't rotate,” says Dr. Ferlic.

Jake uses some elbow grease to make sure it stays in place.

With the cup done, the next step is putting the stem in.

With everything in place, Roy's range of motion is tested.

Two hours from start to finish, it's time to suture up and, unlike his previous surgery with a foot long scar, Roy is going home with a Band-Aid.

“Everything went fine. It took at little longer because, as you know, his bone was very hard and we went up a size and changed some things, but we've got a perfect hip,” says Dr. Ferlic.

Five hours later we found Roy and Dr. Ferlic just where they said they would be - physical therapy - walking stairs, learning some new exercises and feeling great.

“That chronic, nagging pain that I had when I put pressure on that foot, it's not there anymore,” says Roy.

His new hip in place, Roy and wife Tracy walk back to his room, ready to pack up and go home.

Roy is back to living without pain, and with his sea legs back, he’s gearing up for a fishing trip with his dad.

Tracy said Roy was home by six, showered and went to breakfast the next day, using crutches. On the fourth day, he drove to Plymouth for a Sunday tradition with his cousin and watched the Bears game.

This type of hip surgery is limited to people 65 and younger who have no other health problems, and because you are in and out the same day, it's a few thousand dollars cheaper.

To read and see part 1 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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