After a lifetime of almost unlimited activity that included pretty much every ball sport, backpacking, skiing, long distance running and cycling, increasing pain and limited range of motion started to have a major impact on my life. I began dropping one activity after another as my aching hips deteriorated. Toward the end, I limped constantly and I was having difficulty getting on and off of my bicycle. I was 58 years old when I received the news from my orthopedic surgeon that I needed two new hips. I was shocked and completely demoralized by this revelation, and terrified about the medical procedures I knew awaited me. I wasn’t sure I was up to the challenge. It was perhaps the lowest point of my life. Fortunately, I sought out Dr. Rector for a second opinion.
Dr. Rector confirmed the original diagnosis, but he also carefully explained how hip resurfacing could potentially allow me to recover many of my favorite activities. He was very precise and confident during our consultation, which had a dramatic impact on my outlook. What had originally seemed impossible to me, suddenly became difficult, but entirely possible. I started dreaming about being active again, without any pain. Dr. Rector had given me hope.
I had my right hip resurfaced by Dr. Rector on November 30, 2011 at Boulder Community Hospital. Virtually everyone I interacted with at BCH expressed admiration for Dr. Rector, and confidence in the hip resurfacing procedure. It was apparent to me that everyone brought their “A” game when caring for “Rector’s patients”.
The nurses leading the joint replacement class raved about the remarkable recoveries they had seen. Leslie Glover, who does many of Dr. Rector’s pre-surgical physicals, was extremely complimentary of Dr. Rector and his team. She assured me that I was in the best of hands. On the day of my first surgery, the anesthesiologist told me that Dr. Rector was going to operate on his knee in a few weeks. The positive information flowing at me from so many people made me very confident that things were going to turn out well. I’m pretty sure that I was smiling as I lost consciousness. The results of my first procedure were outstanding, and my recovery was uneventful. Unfortunately as I started to increase my activity level, my left hip deteriorated even further, setting me back physically and emotionally. What a roller coaster ride!
On June 11, 2012 Dr. Rector resurfaced my left hip at BCH. The results from this procedure were also outstanding, and my recovery was predictably uneventful. I had learned from the first experience, that if I followed the instructions given to me by Dr. Rector and his team at BCH, that everything would be fine. The recoveries required serious effort on my part, but during my time in the hospital, I left everything up to the medical professionals. I was never frightened or worried about what was happening.
Since Dr. Rector resurfaced my second hip, I’ve spent two weeks enjoying the big waves of Costa Rica, climbed to the top of Yosemite Falls, walked the hilltop trails of Philosopher’s Way in Heidelberg, Germany, hiked the snow covered Engstligenalp Plateau in Switzerland, spent an entire day exploring the ruins of Pompeii, Italy and climbed many of the local mountains here in Colorado.
Next winter I plan on skiing again! I will be 60 years old in a couple of months, but can honestly say that I am more active now, and enjoying life much more than I was just a few years ago. I am planning adventures that would have been unthinkable two years ago.
Dr. Rector, meeting you was a life changing event for me. This testimonial, which you have my permission to use on your website, and to share with others, does not adequately convey my appreciation for all that you have done for me. Thank you for giving me hope, when there was none, and for giving me a bright future, when mine appeared to be very dark.