- May 10, 2016
My name is Fritz Orchard. I’m 57 years old and I work for Lykes Insurance is a middle market commercial B&C producer. I started to get intense pain in one of my hips and it, it went on for months. And I thought, well, you know, I must’ve sprained something. You could never get comfortable. And it just persisted. And then it turned into years. And then they said, you know, it’s all of your cartilage is gone. Your bone on bone osteoarthritis is set in and it’s going to be like this until you, you replace it. At the time, I was 49 years old, so why am I compromising my life now it’s time to get this fixed. I knew several people who had hip replacements. I said, who’d you go to and why? And they said Dr Gustke at Florida Orthopaedic. There’s been over hundreds of thousands of patients in the United States and throughout the world that have the implants in that I’ve personally helped design.
The first hip replacement was about seven years ago, and in the last hip replacement was about seven months ago. And I’ve helped design these surgical techniques design instruments. In order to be able to perfect these surgical techniques where we don’t have to cut the muscle and we can go round the muscles so that they can advance the rehab much quicker. Within two weeks after you have hip replacement surgery, you know, the stitches are out and the pain is gone. It makes all the difference in the world. I can, I could really probably do anything now that I did before my hips went bad. I am very grateful to Dr Gustke because this surgery just changes your life.