Name: Clay Primrose
Home: Austin, TX
Hip resurfaced: 5/17/07
Surgeon: Dr. Michael Mont
My favorite things about
1.No serious pain post-op
2.Fast rate of recovery
3.No Restrictions after 14 weeks
4.Good Long Term Prospects
It takes a team
This was not a solo effort. I had the benefit of
my team and Dr. Mont’s team–both very strong.
My wife Jennifer is the heart of my team.
Whether urging me on, planning, arranging
insurance, supporting the pre-op physical
program, or taking care of things in the middle
of the night in the hospital room–she has been
a tireless and devoted companion.
The rest of my team included a world renowned
chiropractor, Dr. John Bandy; one of the best
fitness specialists and trainers in the nation,
Michael (Beto) Boggiano; a truly great deep
tissue massage therapist, Charlotte Sparks, and
a wonderful physical therapist Eddie Almovodar.
The 18 months leading up to the surgery was
treated like training for an Olympic event. I
Dr. Mont’s team was super right from the
beginning with Pat Stefan bringing me in, making
me feel welcome and helping me understand who
everyone else on the team was. The surgical
nurses, the hospital nurses and their
assistants, and the follow up nurses were all
great. The anesthesiologist and assisting
doctors were excellent. And the PTs in the
hospital did amazing work.
And even now, three weeks post op, I am totally
supported. Dr. Mont calls and checks on me. His
nurses Sandy and Diane take care of everything
in a timely manner. I never have a question or
issue that isn’t handled completely and
immediately. Teams are my business and this team
is world class.
12 Days Post Op Austin TX
Since I flew in to Baltimore from Austin, TX, I
was fortunate that my mother lives an hour and a
half from the hospital. I went there for a week
before getting on an airplane and I’m glad I
At 12 days I was totally ready to fly and all
went well. Nevertheless, getting home and
getting in your own bed is big thing!
You get knocked way down by the surgery and the
drugs, but you come back up surprisingly
quickly. Even so, for quite a few weeks, stamina
and brain power are in short supply, so the
comforts of home and a relaxed schedule were
very much appreciated.
Rehab – 21 Days
Though I never really had what I
would call bad pain, and I took the pain killers
so I felt like moving and doing my PT twice a
day–I started forgetting to take them around 2
weeks post op. So I figured I’d stop and that’s
I’ve been working with the same PT, Eddie, who
worked with me pre-op. He’s very experienced,
measured and gentle. There’s progress every day.
He took this video clip for Dr. Mont to see how
the leg function and gate looked after week 3.
Hope I’m doing it right!
5 Week Checkup
This is a short video clip taken
at Sinai Hospital during my 5 week checkup with
Dr. Mont. Prior to entering this room, I had
stuck with his 50% weight bearing restriction
and literally had not walked without the
crutches. So you are seeing the first steps and
you are hearing the magic words “all
restrictions lifted” at the very end.
And here’s a shot of the x-ray up on the wall.
It looks so fine compared to the gnarly bare
bone on bone situation it replaced.
We are at week 5.5 post op,
having a gait training PT session.
This is the start of the second 5 weeks of
physical therapy, during which the focus is on
range of motion, strength, and normalizing gait.
Published research indicates that unlike total
hip replacements, resurfaced patients are able
to regain a completely normal gait which is
indistinguishable from a normal person.
Eddie Almovodar at Pure Austin Fitness has been
doing an outstanding job and now he is getting
regular direction from Anil Bhave, the head of
Physical Therapy at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore
and also Professor of Physical Therapy at Johns
I am doing 3 sessions per week with Eddie and
usually 2 per day on my own. Every day there are
noticeable differences which is very gratifying.
Thank You Dr. Mont
Your attention to detail and
intense focus on getting a perfect outcome every
time is the mark of a true professional who is
leading and developing the field. You have a
great deal to be proud of and you earn every
dime you get! I can see that what you do is a
monstrous amount of work! Thanks for the great