I am now back in the saddle again after having received a right total hip replacement just two weeks ago today. It has been surprisingly not bad. The pain level is low, and I am slowly leaving the house for small field trips.
Since I have become quite the researcher while trying to learn my father’s story, I decided to go off topic and look into the history of this surgery just a bit. What I learned was quite surprising.
Apparently, the first surgery to replace a hip was in 1891 using implants made of ivory. While the fact that this operation was first done in the nineteenth century was unexpected to me, what I found even more surprising was the fact that the first metallic hip replacement was done here in Columbia, South Carolina—where I currently live. The procedure was performed by a doctor by the name of Austin Moore. Dr. Moore’s prosthesis was the first metal replacement, which is supposedly similar to what was done to me.
Hey, wait a second. The practice I go to was originally named “Moore Orthopedic Center.” Coincidence? Nope. Apparently, the group which sliced and diced me was founded by Dr. Moore in 1928, and while it has joined with another practice, its roots date back to the original practice. Since my work is all about history and roots, knowing this history is right up my alley.
Next time, back to Dad.