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Life After Hip Replacement: Mark’s Story


Friday, December 30th, 2016

Mark Turley, 55, was an avid runner with four half-marathons under his belt, when persistent pain in his groin sidelined his fitness regimen.

As an employee of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Turley had access to the team’s elite medical staff, including Thomas Sisk, MD, who diagnosed him with stenosis in his lower back and gave him a steroid injection to cope with the nagging pain.

But more than a year later, the pain in Turley’s hip and back grew unbearable. He underwent back surgery to relieve his stenosis and was further diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both hips.

That’s when his doctor’s referred him to orthopaedic surgeon Brian Klatt, MD, who recommended that Turley undergo a bilateral hip replacement.

The simultaneous procedure meant Turley only had to endure one recovery period with minimum increased risk.

Turley underwent surgery in October 2015 at UPMC Shadyside. Following his procedure, he enrolled in physical therapy at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex and worked alongside Manisha Trivedi, MD, who oversaw his pain management.

“It’s so different to be able to do the things you really want to do again without pain. Two years ago, I couldn’t ride a bike. I couldn’t even do yard work. Now, I’m looking forward to it.”

Read more about Mark’s recovery.

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