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New Hip Replacement has Paul Fighting Fit Again

New Hip Replacement Gets Paul Fighting Fit AgainA karate enthusiast is fighting fit again just months after a new hip replacement at West Midlands Hospital.

Paul Brown is thrilled to be getting back up to speed with his martial arts after undergoing surgery with expert surgeon Professor Edward Davis.

The 51-year-old had battled hip pain for five years but it was only when he visited his GP and had an X-Ray that it revealed the full extent of the problem.

He was referred to West Midlands Hospital to meet Professor Davis who suggested a total hip replacement.

Paul, who works for industrial gases firm BOC, believes the physical nature of his job and years of competitive sport had finally taken their toll.

Paul, of Halesowen, said: “My hip was getting worse but I had put up with it for so long I had learnt to live with it.

“I have a physical job and have always been a keen sportsman and enjoy cycling, football and karate. I think over the years my job and impact sports have been the cause of the problem.

“When I met with Professor Davis he explained the situation to me and suggested that a replacement was definitely the best option.”

Professor Davis is an expert in hip and knee replacements and uses state-of-the-art computer navigated surgery to assist his surgery.

Paul’s sons Corran and Farren also love karate and football and he takes them to compete in karate tournaments and football matches locally and further-a-field.

He was delighted to get a summer date for surgery when the football season had finished.

Paul, who is a West Bromwich Albion fan, said: “I was a bit reluctant about having surgery, not because I was worried about the operation, but because I knew that it would mean having time off work and I’d need several months afterwards to recover.

“I didn’t want to let my work colleagues down or my sons who I follow wherever sport takes them, but the whole process has been quick which I’ve been really pleased about.”

Patients can pay privately for hip and knee surgery at West Midlands Hospital, be referred through the NHS or fund treatment through private medical insurance.

Paul is now back doing karate sessions again and is relatively pain free which has made a huge difference to his life.

He added: “Having a hip replacement has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.

If I knew I would feel this good afterwards I would have had it done years ago.

“I would also say to people that if they need a hip replacement, whatever their age,  to have it done and not to keep struggling with pain.”

As for West Midlands Hospital, Paul is full of praise for the service and care he received from all staff at the Halesowen unit.

He said: “I’ve never needed to go into hospital before because I’ve never broken any bones or needed surgery for anything.

“It was like being in a five star hotel and the staff and the consultant were absolutely amazing.

“I had my own private room and the staff couldn’t do enough for me. It was just a brilliant place to have my operation and I can’t thank the hospital enough.”

Last modified on Thursday, 19 October 2017 09:03

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