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Published on May 16, 2017

Double Hip Replacement Renews Chris' Active Routine

Chris - skier, snowboarder, martial artist, mechanic

Billings Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Patient Story - Chris

Chris Walters, age 58, is an extremely active man. Between a 40-year career as a mechanic, coaching baseball, refereeing soccer, skiing and snowboarding with his family most winter weekends and teaching martial arts twice a week, Chris got to the point where the wear and tear on his hip joints was limiting what he could do without severe pain.

His wife, Susan Walters, encouraged him to see Dr. Whitney Robinson, an experienced orthopedic surgeon with Billings Clinic. Dr. Whitney Robinson advised him he needed to have both hips replaced. Chris decided to have them done at the same time because he didn’t want to leave his employer short-staffed during two medical leaves. His boss at Rapid Tire in Laurel appreciated his loyalty and accommodated his medical leave.

Chris was a great candidate for surgery because he was in good shape physically. Both hips were replaced in March of 2017 and he was off of work for 3 weeks and then returned to light duty. Chris began rehab right away with the hospital physical and occupational therapists. He was determined to work as hard as he could to get back to doing the things he loved.

He continued rehab with physical therapist, Adam Leachman, at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and was recently released from therapy. Chris is back working six days a week as the Service Writer at Rapid Tire.

Chris is back to his routine of getting up at 5:30am, fixing a healthy smoothie and doing some chores around the house. He does some stretches and exercises every morning. Chris is teaching and training in karate again with Susan who is also an instructor.

Chris and Susan know there was nothing routine about Billings Clinic’s choices for Chris’ care. Doing both hips at one time can be difficult, but with good care and dedication to rehab, Chris and his team made it work very well. He is looking forward to getting back to the ski hill and enjoying time with his four grandkids. He already is enjoying bicycling to work every day and taking nightly walks with Susan and their dogs.

Chris is very grateful for the expertise of Dr. Robinson and his team. The damage to his hips was slow and gradual but the recovery has been quick and he improves daily.

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