Mr. Booth is from Richmond, Virginia, and had been an avid runner and participant in many sports, including soccer, golf, softball and basketball. He had completed three marathons, as well as a number of half marathons, 10K and 5K races over the years. He also enjoyed spending time with his daughter hiking in the mountains. Unfortunately, he began suffering pain in both hips in 2015.
From 2015 through 2017, Mr. Booth was sidelined from virtually all athletic activities due to the severe pain and discomfort he experienced from bilateral hip arthritis. His exercise routines went from running 20-30 miles per week and cross training and playing sports, to low impact cardio on the elliptical and stair climber at his local gym, and eventually just the elliptical machine. “I had to quit running about two years ago because of the pain, and really any kind of activity that involved any impact. Even just the twisting involved in a golf swing was painful,” stated Mr. Booth. “By the fall of 2017, it was fairly rough as I had lost a lot of leg muscle strength and a lot of range of motion, in addition to the pain I was experiencing.”
Mr. Booth had sought treatment from an orthopedic practice in his local community, and x-rays confirmed severe, bone on bone arthritis. At the time, he was told that he would need both hips replaced and that it could not be completed at the same time. “I was told I would need two separate surgeries, and that I could expect to miss about three or more weeks of work for each surgery,” stated Mr. Booth. “Missing that much work, and having two separate surgeries and recoveries was going to be difficult, at best. We even tried cortisone shots last summer in an effort to put off surgery for as long as possible, but while they were somewhat helpful, the relief was very short lived. So I started looking for other options and doing my research … and that is when I learned about Dr. Anthony Carter and his extensive experience and success in performing anterior hip replacements.”
In November of 2017, Mr. Booth traveled from Richmond to Newport News for his first appointment with Dr. Carter. At his visit, Dr. Carter confirmed severe, bone on bone arthritis in both hips. “Dr. Carter informed me that he could perform bilateral hip replacement surgery: replacing both hips in one surgery,” stated Mr. Booth. “He explained the benefits of having the anterior approach to hip replacement, the recovery time and process, and he indicated that he regularly performs bilateral hip replacements. Honestly, I was particularly struck by how matter-of-fact Dr. Carter was about it, especially after being previously told that having them done at the same time was not possible.… After meeting and talking with him, I simply asked Dr. Carter how soon we could get it done. We scheduled it right then and there.”
In December of 2017, Dr. Anthony Carter performed bilateral hip replacement on Mr. Booth at Mary Immaculate Hospital. One week following his surgery, Mr. Booth was back at work. Within 11 days of surgery he was driving and walking without a walker or a cane, and two weeks after surgery he was back at the gym walking the track and exercising on the elliptical machine. “I really wish I had known the recovery period for anterior hip replacement was this short, and that Dr. Carter could do both at the same time. If so, I would have had the surgery a long time ago,” stated Mr. Booth.
Following his last appointment with Dr. Carter in February, Mr. Booth was informed everything had fully healed, and he was cleared to return to the activities he loved … including running. “Dr. Carter told me I could do whatever I wanted, but of course cautioned me to listen to my body and to ease into things, especially after my long layoff,” stated Mr. Booth. “Since then, I have been increasing my training, and including walking, elliptical machines, stair climbers, strengthening, stretching, and of course, running. On April 13, I participated in my first Monument Avenue 10k here in Richmond in a number of years. Granted it was a bit slow because I am very much out of running shape, but to be able to alternate running and walking for 6.2 miles so soon after having both hips replaced is simply unbelievable to me. I am so grateful that I have been able to return to running.”
In a letter to Dr. Carter, Mr. Booth explains his sincere gratitude for all the help that Dr. Carter and his team provided to him:
I can’t tell you how happy I am to have a huge source of enjoyment and happiness back in my life again. I thought I’d never be able to walk, jog, or run again in the outdoors for more than a very little bit. My race times may never be the same at my age, but it will be a lot of fun to find out what I can still do now that the hip pain is completely gone. But most importantly, you have all given me a second chance to do the things I love. As I’m writing this the day after doing my first 10K in years, my hips feel great! My lungs and muscles need time to catch up, and my quads feel like the day after a marathon, but what the heck, that’s supposed to happen when you haven’t been able to do much of anything for two years. But in all honesty, in a weird way, I’ve really missed being sore after a good run. And as far as golf goes, I have my full, pain-free swing back, and am hitting my clubs the same distances I was before I began experiencing the hip pain. I just can’t thank you and your staff enough for what you have done for me. I’m telling anyone and everyone who will listen to me to see you.
Mr. Booth recently spent a day of hiking with his daughter, and featured here is a picture of them at the peak of the mountain. “I haven’t been able to do this hike with my daughter for two years. It is way too steep of a climb, and even climbing stairs the past two years was painful. It was great day. Thank you, Dr. Carter”!
Bilateral joint replacement may not be recommended for all patients. Talk with your surgeon to determine if you are a candidate for bilateral joint replacement.