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ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™ Helped Dave Get Back on the Golf Course

ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™ Helped Dave Get Back on the Golf Course

Dave is no stranger to the impact that a total hip replacement can have to help patients get back to their lives. He had his right hip replaced in December 2016. Even then, his doctor told him, he would likely need his left hip replaced as well. So, when the pain once again kept him from doing the things he loved, Dave had his left hip replaced in October 2018.  In both surgeries, Dave’s doctor performed the ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™, a muscle-sparing approach that is associated with less time in the hospital, faster recovery, and less pain. 1, 2 

The pain was more intense leading up to Dave’s second hip surgery. But having experienced the pain relief from his first surgery, Dave knew there were solutions for hip pain. His hip would occasionally lock up, and his doctor told him it was more degenerated than the first. “There would be times that I would feel the hip give out on me. That was concerning. It put a little bit of doubt in my mind. I tried to concentrate as much as possible those last couple of months on walking straight lines, and not turning.” 

The pain also made sleeping difficult, which often left Dave feeling tired and irritable. “I think anytime you have some type of ailment it does affect you mentally and I think there’s a direct correlation there.”  

Dave feels he would have had the surgery sooner, but he had one more thing he wanted to do. His son Ben, star of the 2016 season of ABC’s The Bachelor, was invited to play in a celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe and invited Dave to caddy for him. Dave is an avid golfer and couldn’t resist. Dave prepared for the tournament as best he could, including walking every day and carrying his own clubs to build up his stamina. But he also had to focus on walking in straight lines and making no sudden turns. He managed to make it through the three-day event but knew afterward that it was time to have his left hip replaced. 

He knew there was relief ahead as well, which meant less anxiety going into the second hip surgery. “I’ll be honest with you, I was looking forward to the day. So there was no question or anxiety as far as going in and getting it done.” 

Comparing how he feels now to before the surgery, Dave claims, “It’s just an incredible difference. The arthritis side of things - that’s the big thing. When you lose that nagging feeling that you’ve just been suffering with for such a long time… it’s night and day.” 

With the ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™, Dave was back home the same day of the surgery doing his rehabilitation. According to his doctor’s instructions, he had done pre-op exercises and had been disciplined about icing and elevating his leg after the surgery. He was climbing stairs the same day.  He believes this diligence in preparation and rehabilitation led to a speedier recovery. Two weeks after surgery, Dave started golfing again. At six weeks he was hiking in the Grand Canyon with his wife. The results have made him excited about a full season of golfing ahead. 

Dave’s message to anyone living with hip pain: “If your body is telling you something, there’s a reason why.” Whether it’s getting back to something you love like golfing or hiking, or simply getting back to daily activities like climbing stairs or tying your shoes, Dave suggests talking with your doctor about treatment options. “It’s been really a life changing thing quite frankly.” 

If you are experiencing hip pain, ask your doctor if ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™ is right for you.  

ANTERIOR ADVANTAGE™ may also help you get back sooner to doing the things you love.  Learn more at 



As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if hip replacement is right for you. 


  1. Zawadsky MW, et al. “Early Outcome Comparison Between the Direct Anterior Approach and the Mini-Incision Posterior Approach for Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty: 150 Consecutive Cases.” The Journal of Arthroplasty 2014; (29): 1256-1260. 

  1. Barrett WP, et al. “Prospective Randomized Study of Direct Anterior vs Postero-Lateral Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty.” The Journal of Arthroplasty 2013; (28): 1634-1638. 

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