What is the difference between us “regular tournament players” and the top guys? In my opinion, it is that we frequently give them short balls to attack; while they consistently hit deep and in the corners.
While practicing ground strokes one time with Bob Wilkie, I realized how often I did NOT hit the ball in the middle of the racquet … and how a slightly off-center hit will shorten your planned stroke. But when you hit the ball in the “sweet spot” it goes nice and deep, where you want it.
Check yourself as you’re practicing to feel the vibration and turning and see the result of where the ball goes. What do you think?
Yesterday, I happened to play doubles with a guy who had his hip replaced a year and a half ago by the same surgeon I was using. I was very disappointed to hear of his slow recovery (“back on the court in THREE months”). So I asked if he had done it anterior (front) or posterior (backside); and he said that “our” doctor does it posterior.
I had been led to believe three weeks ago that this surgeon was, in fact, doing it the “new” way of coming in from the front; but confirmed this morning that is NOT true. Good friend Bob Dilworth just had his hip replaced by Dr. Zehr, who it turns out, is the “only surgeon in Naples doing anterior surgery on the hip”.
Why Is This Important?
According to all the great responders on this site a month ago – and everyone else I have heard from – this information from Dr. Zehr’s website is valid….
Advantages of direct anterior approach
Advantage One: Faster Recovery: Patients get up walking with full weight bearing on their operative hip the same day of surgery, shortly after returning from the recovery area. Many physically fit patients need only a cane to walk about in the hospital and are able to start general activities within a few weeks. While it may take patients many months to fully recover following conventional total hip replacement surgery, the anterior approach technique often enables patients to recover and return to activities such as golf, tennis, biking, and of course distance walking, in as short as four weeks.
Advantage Two: Minimally Invasive: The anterior approach to total hip replacement is the most minimally invasive choice for people suffering from arthritis, hip pain, hip fracture, stiffness and limited hip movement. No muscle is cut or detached from bone in this approach. Some muscles in the front of the hip are temporarily pushed apart to allow work on the bones of the hip joint, but they are left uninjured and completely functional in this approach. This, of course, results in far less pain than is typical in other approaches to the hip used by most surgeons and compliments the faster recovery.
Like My Prostate Surgery
Eleven years ago I had my cancerous prostate removed and was one of the early users of the da Vinci robotic method, which was also minimally invasive (compared to the traditional wide cut of the abdominal muscles) and my recovery time was HALF that of others.
So, I have an appointment with Dr. Zehr Friday afternoon to see what will be!
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