For Mike, it was a relatively easy decision – especially after traveling to Grafton to meet Dr. Churchill in person.
“Before the appointment, my wife and I had decided that if we felt confident with Dr. Churchill, that we would do the surgery,” explained Mike. “It only took a few minutes to know he was the guy who could take care of me. In fact, he told us to go home and think about it, but we said, ‘No, we’ll schedule it right now.’”
Getting back in the game
Dr. Churchill replaced Mike’s right shoulder in July 2017 and his left shoulder just a few months later in October.
“The recovery time for these surgeries was less than it would have been with a traditional shoulder replacement,” said Mike. “I was only in a sling during the one overnight stay in the hospital. I started physical therapy the day after the surgery. It took about a month to get back my full range of motion, then I did strengthening therapy for about 10 weeks.”
As he was nearing the end of his work with the therapist, he met someone who had had the traditional replacement.
“Interestingly, we’d had our surgeries at about the same time, but he was just starting his therapy.”