After a year of working with the trainers at Altru’s Sports Advantage powered by EXOS, Tim Weiland decided he was ready to take the next step in regaining pain-free, full mobility in his hip. He injured his hip in a rollerblading accident in 2010 that left him with a torn labrum in his left hip.
“For me, because I’m relatively young, I was afraid that by limiting my mobility and my ability to exercise, I would start a downward spiral,” explained Tim. “When you lose range of motion, everything gets stiffer. I knew I didn’t want to go down that road if I didn’t have to.”
Tim, a pathologist, did his homework and knew he was headed for a hip replacement. He wanted to strengthen his hip as much as possible before the procedure. The performance team at Sports Advantage tailored a program for Tim, honing-in on his specific needs and injury. He trained with the performance team for six months, then took their regimen home for another six months.
As a medical professional himself, Tim researched the various approaches for hip replacement. He found that Altru was the first and only provider in Grand Forks to offer the anterior hip replacement approach with the Mako Robotic-Arm. Using highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic technology, the Mako offers incredibly accurate and individualized placement compared to manual procedures. Tim was impressed by the results and decided to pursue this option.
“With Mako® robotic-arm assistance we can be more precise in how we position the hip replacement. With improved accuracy, we create a better fitting replacement for the patient, which has the potential to create a longer lasting hip.” –Jeremy Gardner, MD, orthopedic surgeon
Even with this cutting-edge technology, Tim says that Altru’s Dr. Jeremy Gardner felt there were ways he could get better results. “He wants the highest probability for the best outcome on every patient, and the robotic-arm is just part of it,” states Tim. “Dr. Gardner has a consistent approach to maximize outcomes for each of his patients.”
Tim explained that not only did this particular approach allow for appropriate leg length and placement, which optimizes range of motion, it also reduces premature component failure. “Those things were very important to me, because I want to try to avoid a second surgery.”
What was even more remarkable to Tim was his recovery time after the procedure. He had his surgery on a Monday morning and was up walking with a walker by the end of the day. And by Wednesday, he felt ready to resume his normal routine.
“The entire program was amazing. From using Sports Advantage preoperatively to the operation and Dr. Gardner’s care, they set me up for a great recovery,” shared Tim. And even with his medical knowledge, he appreciated the preoperative education. Altru offers an hour and a half session that prepares patients for what would happen during the procedure, the prep work and the recovery plan.
A year after his surgery, Tim is back to living his life without pain, and with a hip that doesn’t limit him. “I could’ve gone anywhere for my replacement, but in my opinion, I don’t think I could’ve had a better outcome anywhere in the U.S. than I did here at Altru.”