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WbranchFebruary 5th, 2019, 1:54 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2432
Well I some great news today. I visited the orthopedic surgeon who was going to perform the right hip replacement on February 25. I hadn't seen him since mid August 2018 when the pain was excruciating. But by September 01 the pain was completely gone. Not one iota of pain and not taking any pain meds.

So when I told him that today he said "Well then since there is no pain there is no reason to put a 75 year old man under general anesthesia to perform an operation that appears to be unwarranted at this time". Hallelujah! He told me that it is conceivable that I won't ever need the surgery but to keep my eyes on the symptoms and as soon as I start to feel any pain and discomfort again it would be time to really have the surgery.

Now I won't be anxious about it any longer and won't be missing the spring steelhead run at the Erie creeks. Am I ecstatic? You bet I am.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PartsmanFebruary 5th, 2019, 5:36 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 199
Great news Matt, I hope that this is the end hip issues for you, and that you can enjoy fishing pain free although being careful not to get to crazy. Hopefully spring is not to far off and we can get back at doing the thing we here on this web site love doing.
Jmd123February 6th, 2019, 7:53 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2320
CONGRATS Matt!!! Never go under the knife unless you have to! And glad you are pain-free, I've become convinced that aging is all about finding the right pain relief...hope your upcoming fishing season is outstanding!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WbranchFebruary 6th, 2019, 2:55 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2432
Thanks Jon, When I heard him say the surgery was no longer necessary I was elated!
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfFebruary 6th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2855
Glad to hear it, Matt. I have arthritis in my back, and the pain comes and goes, sometimes giving me remission for years. It's a mystery to me, but I'm always so happy it when it goes away. I hope yours stays gone for good.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
IasgairFebruary 11th, 2019, 3:21 pm

Posts: 121
That's awesome news Matt. Anytime someone heals or gets cured miraculously is fantastic. I really hope you stay pain free.
WbranchFebruary 13th, 2019, 11:59 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2432

I really hope you stay pain free.

I consider the cure quite miraculous. Thank you for the sentiments. The surgeon told me not to "be a hero". Meaning it the pain does resurface I shouldn't try to hide it or dose up with pain killers. He said if the pain does come back, and doesn't go away, then I have to have the hip replacement. But he also said I may go another ten years pain free. I'll be 85 by then! Hope I am still vertical.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PartsmanFebruary 14th, 2019, 3:36 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 199
Matt, Im pretty sure a tough old dude like you will be around for good long while, and that's a good thing because we need you here!

WbranchFebruary 17th, 2019, 5:21 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2432
Good morning Mike,

you will be around for good long while, and that's a good thing because we need you here!

I hope so! I saw my PCP on Friday and he said "Matt your are looking good and in very good health". About a year ago he told me, based on the lack of typical aging diseases, I'd likely live into my mid 90's. I attribute that to the peace, tranquility, and pleasure sixty years of fly fishing have provided me.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.

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