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Hal Sutton
Mobile Bearing Hip Patient and PGA TOUR Player
"Looking back, having my hip replaced was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I only wish I didn’t wait so long."

For 25 years I played golf at the professional level. I dedicated myself to the game, and was fortunate enough to win some of golf’s most prestigious tournaments, against some of the best players to ever play this game. But, then I decided to put my golf career on hold to spend more time with my family and be there as my children grew up.

When I was ready to return to golf, I realized my hip wouldn’t let me. I had developed osteoarthritis in my left hip that was causing significant pain. Hip pain really made me question if I’d ever get back to the game again.

My hip pain wasn’t something that only affected me on the golf course; it limited my ability to do everyday things and began to impact my family time.

It was the normal things that I took for granted, like getting in and out of a car and keeping up with my kids. I wasn’t myself anymore.

My hip pain became so bad and I decided to talk to my doctor.

He indicated that I was a candidate for a total hip replacement. The thought of having my hip replaced scared me at first. But at only 54 years old, I knew I couldn’t continue to suffer in this amount of pain.

My doctor and I discussed the differences in hip replacements. I had no idea there were differences! I just figured all hip replacements were the same.

I spent a lot of time discussing and understanding the benefits and risks of hip replacement. Given my active lifestyle, my doctor suggested Stryker's Mobile Bearing Hip™. And after careful consideration, I was ready to have my hip replaced.

I had put off surgery because I was scared. I thought I was too young for joint replacement, and I thought I could just deal with the pain. But I hurt so badly for so long.

Looking back, having my hip replaced was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I only wish I didn’t wait so long.

I love my Stryker Hip—it has allowed me to get back to normal everyday things and return to the game I love.

More importantly, I’m back to myself again.

If you have hip pain from arthritis, don’t just deal with it, there are options. Find a surgeon who uses Stryker Hips and see if one is right for you. It was the right choice for me!

Stryker is a sponsor of the PGA TOUR. Hal Sutton is a paid spokesperson of Stryker, and his statements represent his personal views based on his personal experience.

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.

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Hip joint replacement is intended for use in individuals with joint disease resulting from degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, fracture of the neck of the femur or functional deformity of the hip.

Knee joint replacement is intended for use in individuals with joint disease resulting from degenerative, rheumatoid and post-traumatic arthritis, and for moderate deformity of the knee. Joint replacement surgery is not appropriate for patients with certain types of infections, any mental or neuromuscular disorder which would create an unacceptable risk of prosthesis instability, prosthesis fixation failure or complications in postoperative care, compromised bone stock, skeletal immaturity, severe instability of the joint, or excessive body weight.

Like any surgery, joint replacement surgery has serious risks which include, but are not limited to, pain, bone fracture, change in the treated leg length (hip), joint stiffness, hip joint fusion, amputation, peripheral neuropathies (nerve damage), circulatory compromise (including deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs)), genitourinary disorders (including kidney failure), gastrointestinal disorders (including paralytic ileus (loss of intestinal digestive movement)), vascular disorders (including thrombus (blood clots), blood loss, or changes in blood pressure or heart rhythm), bronchopulmonary disorders (including emboli, stroke or pneumonia), heart attack, and death.

Implant related risks which may lead to a revision of the implant include dislocation, loosening, fracture, nerve damage, heterotopic bone formation (abnormal bone growth in tissue), wear of the implant, metal sensitivity, soft tissue imbalance, osteolysis (localized progressive bone loss), audible sounds during motion, and reaction to particle debris.

The information presented is for educational purposes only. Speak to your doctor to decide if joint replacement surgery is appropriate for you. Individual results vary and not all patients will return to the same activity level. The lifetime of any joint replacement is limited and depends on several factors like patient weight and activity level. Your doctor will counsel you about strategies to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device, including avoiding high-impact activities, such as running, as well as maintaining a healthy weight. It is important to closely follow your physician’s instructions regarding post-surgery activity, treatment and follow-up care.

Ask your doctor if a joint replacement is right for you.

Stryker Corporation or its other divisions or other corporate affiliated entities own, use or have applied for the following trademarks or service marks: GetAroundKnee, Mako, Mobile Bearing Hip, Stryker, Together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners or holders.

Stryker is a sponsor of the PGA TOUR. Hal Sutton and Fred Funk are paid spokespersons of Stryker, and their statements represent their personal views based on their personal experiences.


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