Thanks to Anterior Hip Replacement at Ingalls, The Show Will Go On for Local Director

As a 30-year veteran of the local theater scene, Charlie Misovye is accustomed to being center stage. Whether he’s acting, directing, choreographing or producing, the beloved performer is one of the busiest theater professionals in the South Suburbs. And he wouldn’t have it any other way!

So when the 54-year-old south suburban native had the opportunity to shine the spotlight on his recent hip replacement surgery at Ingalls, he didn’t hesitate for a moment!

“Three decades as a professional dancer, choreographer, actor and director took its toll on my hips,” he explained. “I’ve danced, done cartwheels and the splits thousands of times over the years. I’ve loved every minute of it, but I started to feel some pain in my left hip. At first, it was just a little creaking. I thought maybe I had overdone it a bit.”

But when the pain persisted, he made an appointment to see board-certified orthopedic surgeon David Smith, M.D., who diagnosed him with arthritis.

“Basically, my hips were kind of worn out,” Charlie said.

When conservative measures such as over-thecounter pain medications and physical therapy did little to relieve the pain, Dr. Smith recommended anterior hip replacement surgery.

“There’s not an issue with being too young,” Dr. Smith explained. “I’ve done patients in their 30’s and have had implants in people for 30 years already — and that’s not even with the newest materials that are out today — so there’s not as much concern with them wearing out.”

Eager to continue performing and directing, Charlie didn’t take long to make up his mind.

“I decided to do this,” Charlie added. “I’m in good shape; I’m young enough to do rehab. It was the right time for me.”

Luckily for Charlie, surgeons at the Advanced Orthopedic Institute at Ingalls offer a unique alternative approach, accessing the hip joint from the front, or anterior.

“The anterior approach minimizes the pain and time from surgery to recovery, which is particularly important for patients who still work,” Dr. Smith explained.

Even better, a wider range of patients may be candidates.

The advanced technique involves a single small incision on the front (or anterior) of the hip, allowing orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Smith to work between the muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones. This spares them from trauma and a lengthy healing process.

“Sometimes you just can’t do what you used to do as you get older, but I try to fight that stereotype every step of the way. Dr. Smith is in the right place making miracles happen for people.”

— Charlie Misovye

Keeping the muscles intact is also the key to greater hip strength after surgery. And since the incision is in front, patients avoid the pain of sitting on the incision site.

What’s more, within a couple days, anterior hip patients can bend their hip freely, bear weight, climb stairs, and most importantly go home, where they can resume normal activities in as little as eight weeks or less.

Thirty years on the stage has kept Charlie in great physical condition, but to ensure as smooth a recovery as possible, the energetic performer followed a regimen of physical therapy strengthening exercises two weeks before surgery at the Ingalls Family Care Center in Flossmoor.

“Charlie is a perfect patient,” Dr. Smith added. “He has a positive attitude; he cooperated with his therapist. He has a background in dance and already had a level of fitness. The key is to come at it with a reasonable body weight and maintain muscle fitness. Charlie went through ‘pre-hab,’ which is optimal for getting to a level of muscle fitness.”

Physically and mentally prepared for surgery, Charlie underwent anterior hip replacement on a Thursday in May.

“I was up and walking on Friday, and by Saturday, they kicked me out,” he added with a laugh.

Charlie used Ingalls Home Care for the first two weeks at home, and since then, there’s been no stopping him! In fact, when he’s not working full time as the group sales coordinator at Theatre at the Center in Munster, Ind., he’s busily directing and choreographing the musical production “Hairspray” for a May 2015 opening at the Drama Group in Chicago Heights.

“Sometimes you just can’t do what you used to do as you get older,” he added. “But I try to fight that stereotype every step of the way. Dr. Smith is in the right place making miracles happen for people.”

Thanks to anterior hip replacement surgery at Ingalls, the show will go on for Charlie!

If you or someone you know is suffering from hip pain, call the Ingalls Advanced Orthopedic Institute at 708.915.PAIN (7246) today.

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