Gregory Gregory, Somers Point, NJ
Physician: Stephen J. Zabinski, MD
Gregory’s Story: Update
Gregory has become a trusted authority on hip replacement among family and friends. He has few limitations and continues to enjoy “Stand Up” fishing, recently catching a 168 lb. tuna, hiking, deer hunting that involves climbing trees and spending lots of time with his three very active grandchildren, all under 10 years old.
Gregory’s first experience with Shore Orthopaedic University Associates was about six years ago when his nephew who played football for Mainland Regional High School went in for a hip flexor and he thought maybe that’s what he had. So he scheduled an appointment for himself, Dr. Zabinski took one look at Gregory’s X-ray and told him he needed a complete hip replacement. The doctor went on to show Gregory what a good and bad hip looked like. It was recommended to have the procedure done as soon as possible.Gregory had remembered his grandfather having a bad experience with hip replacement many years prior. His grandfather stayed in the hospital two weeks after surgery and had a long recovery. Needless to say, he was not look forward to doing it. However, Gregory knew and trusted Dr. McCloskey and a Shore Ortho staff member both for many years, so he also trusted that he was in good hands with Dr. Zabinski.
The surgery was scheduled for the day after Christmas 06′, everything went well and without any complications. By News Year’s Eve, he had started rehab and three months later on April 1, Gregory raced in an eight man boat crew race in San Diego.
Greg had no problems for about 5 years, until one day when he was out on his boat with his daughter and her friend and the motor hit something and they were all thrown out of the boat and into the water. After they were rescued he realized that he couldn’t stand up. When he got home he noticed there was a fluid buildup, caused by the blunt force trauma to his hip when thrown from the boat. Dr. Zabinski treated him and told him eventually the hip would have to be replaced.
This time Gregory had the Direct Anterior Approach for total hip replacement. The Anterior Approach is a tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement that provides the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility because the muscle tissues are spared during the surgical procedure.
Gregory was able to leave the hospital with a cane the next day rather than with a walker and wheelchair like the first time with the traditional replacement. He commented that, in all fairness he followed all of the directives and was in good physical condition prior to surgery.
NovaCare Physical Therapy was instrumental in my rehabilitation after surgery. Doug and his crew are great and give exemplary treatment. I did exactly what they told me to do and my recovery went very well. The support staff of Shore Orthopaedic has always been helpful, professional and courteous on all of my visits.
Gregory also said people have to be their own advocate, follow all of the recommendations and do what the doctor tells you to do. The little bit of time invested in pre-opt will pay off big in post-opt.