I talked to several doctors – none of them affiliated with Flagler Hospital, ” who told me, ” they could replace my hip, but that I should come to terms with the idea that I should probably never run again.” Well, that was not the answer I was looking for. So I found a kindred spirit in Dr. James Grimes, who in addition to being a highly regarded orthopedic surgeon is also an exercise enthusiast. He understood my desires and developed a plan just for me. There is never a guarantee in these things, but I felt with Flagler Hospital and Dr. Grimes, I was giving it my best shot – and it really worked out. My right hip actually feels much stronger than my left hip now; it really feels solid. Zero pain. I have plenty of friends my age who have gone through similar surgeries and I feel blessed to be doing so well.
I was 75 years old in April of 2013, when Dr. Grimes performed hip replacement surgery on my right hip. He used the anterior approach procedure early in the morning. By 12:30 p.m. I was able to sit in a chair and walked down the hall with a walker that afternoon. I NEVER experienced very much pain, and after leaving the hospital I NEVER took any medication for pain. There are no words to express my thanks and gratitude to Dr. Grimes, his assistants, and the care of those in his office. Blessings to all! GG
I had an exciting and physically demanding career in the construction business in Massachusetts. After becoming empty nesters, me and my wife moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands where we lived for over 15 years. While visiting a childhood friend in St. Augustine we fell in love with the marsh and six weeks later moved to Anastasia Island. In my spare time I had always enjoyed working on antique cars, but joint pain started limiting my abilities. I had both knees and hips replaced by Dr. Grimes with amazing recovery times.