Dan Skoglund could handle putting his own life on hold, but his four-year-old daughter couldn't wait. "My situation is noninflammatory degenerative osteoarthritis and it's idiopathic. That's the medical term for they don't know. It started about 14 years ago. I was about 31 years old and I had very, very sharp pain walking around."
Over nine years of living with painful, osteoarthritis in his hips, he had given up all the activities he loved - football, basketball, volleyball, running, bicycling, downhill and water skiing. "My life got progressively less active, less fun, and less participative."
He didn't want to miss his daughter's childhood too. When he went to the doctor's office; he knew his problem was a major one. "I'll never forget laying down in the X-ray room and hearing the radiologist who had taken the X-ray go, "Oh, my god."
Faced with so many things he couldn't do, Dan took charge to regain control of his life. He met with surgeons to talk about the benefits and risks of surgery and conducted extensive Internet research. After pouring through FDA clinical trial data and research reports regarding Stryker Orthopaedics implants, he tracked down a lead clinical trial surgeon and scheduled surgery.
Since then, he has been living his life. After consultation with his doctor, he ultimately had two surgeries to replace both hips. Soon after both surgeries, he was walking without crutches. With the help of physical therapy, he was soon walking as a morning workout. And now, he can take his two-year-old daughter and her mom sledding and bike riding without painful repercussions.
"It's great to enjoy life again," says Dan. "I keep reading all these stories of post-operation 'hippies,' as we call ourselves, and it seems to be a common thread - you get your life back. It's great to get my life back again," says Dan.
Individual results vary. Not all patients will have the same post-operative recovery and activity level. See your orthopaedic surgeon to discuss your potential benefits and risks.