Probably a factor of age, but many of our senior tennis friends are recovering from – or getting ready for – something medically major. Here is a batch of updates from Arnie Vance, Bob Dilworth, Fred Drilling, John Berry, and Larry Turville (in their own words and alpha by first name)…
Arnie Vance: Cataract Surgery
“Please thank all your readers for their help in making a decision on my cataract replacement lenses. I received comments from about 30 tennis players and used them all to make my decision.
My doctor originally wanted me to go with single distance focal lenses which would require me to continue to use reading glasses. It is the safe, no risk decision. However, based on good comments I received I “pushed him” to go with a more aggressive approach. On June 1 he replaced the lens in my left (dominate) eye with a TECNIS Symfony® Extended Range of Vision IOL. The following morning I could see a tennis ball and one week later I was playing. Still needed readers.
My sight was very clear and distinct. I was shocked to find out I didn’t need sunglasses at all. I don’t know why. However the doctor said I should continue to wear sunglasses on the court to protect from impact.
After consultation with him, we decided to install a different lens in the right (non-dominate) eye. It is what the manufacturer (Johnson & Johnson) recommends but not one of his patients had elected this approach. I decided to roll the dice, so on Monday, July 6, my doctor installed a TECNIS® Multifocal IOL +3.25 Df in my right eye. On Tuesday, I woke up and could read my phone without readers. I had a post op with him that morning and he tested me at 20-20 vision. I was stunned.
So, George thank all your readers for their help and maybe I can pay it forward with my experience.”
Bob Dilworth: Redo Hip Surgery
“We are still here in Naples; and hope to head north @ the end of July.
My original surgery date May 13 was cancelled along with pre-op tests 2 weeks before surgery which is still required plus a covid -19 test 48 hours before surgery.
The first group of surgeries beginning the week of June 8th were people under the age of 70 with no pre-existing conditions. I don’t have a new date but hope it will be in August?
If anyone wants to hit or needs a 4th for doubles let me know.”
Fred Drilling: Quadruple Bypass AND Knee Replacement
“Thanks in advance and obviously I’m doing quite well. Doc this morning said I could start playing in about 5 weeks which will be 8 weeks since the operation but that’s when I would like to get the knee done. This is all only because I need to get back out to the courts because I miss all you guys so much!!
My planned knee surgeon Dr. Biggs has covid (!) and has cancelled all July surgeries which puts me back at least a month. I have an appt. on Monday with Dr. Harmon (in the same office) and Tuesday with Dr. Kapp. Whoever can do me first, gets the nod.” 🙂
John Berry: Knee Replacement
“Well, after consulting with Larry Starr (Newk camp head trainer), who did not think a Mircofracture procedure was the way to go, I went up to Mayo and met with their top Sport Medicine Doctor and he was animate that it would not work. My cartilage is damaged beyond repair. He recommended a partial knee, like Mike Dahm had.
My Surgery is scheduled for 8/4. And recovery will be about 3 months or so. There you have it.”
Larry Turville: Lung Cancer
“I have finished my tough chemo and now on to immunotherapy. They have had good success but still a bit of crapshoot. I am starting to play some tennis but long ways to go. Taking it one day at time.
Hope you all are well. Thanks”
If we have missed anyone on this Senior Medical Hit Parade, please update us in the Comment section about how you are doing.
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