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For Robert Wendel, driving, golfing - just everyday life was getting hard.

"I was having some pain going up and down stairs, walking. People were telling me I had a limp and I didn't realize it. I couldn't put my sock on without having pain."

Traditional hip replacement surgery works from the side of the hip. It is more likely to lead to dislocation and it takes longer to heal. But Wendel opted for anterior hip replacement surgery, which is far less invasive.

"We're able to work through a natural window in the front of the hip and avoid cutting muscles and tendons," says Dr. Steven Sanders.

Wendel adds, "I was really surprised. I thought that after a major operation, and having a part of the bone taken out and a titanium hip put in, that I would be bedridden for at least a week or whatever. But they had me up immediately. I was on a walker for week, and then a cane for three days, and then I was up walking on my own."

With physical therapy and a little assistance, Wendel is now as good as new. The pain of arthritis is gone, and he has a better range of motion than he did before.

"I mean I was up playing golf yesterday. I played 18 holes, didn't have any pain at all. A little rusty, but I'm getting my game back."

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