Dr. John Christoforetti and the arthroscopic hip surgery to correct femoralacetabular impingements (“Dealing With Hip Pain in the Young and Active,” Dec. 23 Health) changed my life. Starting in 2005, I began experiencing horrible pain in my hip when doing certain activities like driving or walking after sitting for a while. I was an active 29-year-old who had competed nationally in judo and enjoyed hiking and golfing, and the pain began adding many limitations to my life.
By 2008 I couldn’t sleep through the night and it was difficult to do just about anything. Dr. Christoforetti looked at my X-rays and did his mobility tests and knew I was suffering from FAI and likely arthritis in the joint. At the time, I had to do therapy and receive a steroid injection before having the surgery in order for my insurance to cover the procedure. The standard treatments did nothing to alleviate my pain.
Months of intense physical therapy following the surgery improved my mobility, but it was doubtful that I could continue in judo or other activities. It was a very gloomy outlook, but I embraced the improvements and noted the limitations I had at the time and the potential that a hip replacement would be necessary within five years.
Not only am I still training in judo, I have added taekwondo and last year I started a running program. Last week marked five years since my surgery and I have never felt so good in my entire life! Last month I ran my first half-marathon and I intend to start competing again in judo in 2014.
Dr. Christoforetti patched me up just fine and provided just the challenge I needed to get to where I am. He told me I might have limited time to do the things I love, like judo. I chose not to let that happen. I know not everyone can do what I did and am so grateful for Dr. Marc Philippon’s ingenuity and Dr. Christoferetti’s efforts in this field.
ANTHONY E. ROSCOE