In this medical video learn how a new hip lets this football coach get back in the gym with his players.
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Jennifer Matthews: Before his recent surgery, Sonny Falcone admits he could barely do his job as strength and conditioning coach for the Duke University football team. Sonny Falcone: I had to demonstrate to kids how to do certain lifts and I was unable to do that. Jennifer Matthews: Arthritis in his left hip caused severe pain. Sonny Falcone: I couldn't do any normal things. I couldn't bend, I couldn't walk without a limp and I was in constant pain. Dr. Thomas Vail: Frequently, somebody with an X-ray like this would be walking with a limp. You might see them shifting their weight each time they take a step. Jennifer Matthews: Now Dr. Thomas Vail is offering those patients an alternative to a total hip replacement. It's called the hip resurfacing. Instead of removing and replacing the entire ball of the hip, surgeons just shave off a portion and cap it with a metal implant. Hip resurfacing spares the thighbone and creates a more natural joint. Dr. Thomas Vail: The patients who want a hip resurfacing are younger active patients. Jennifer Matthews: Patients younger than 60 are candidates. Sonny qualified and says he feels like his old self again after having the operation. Sonny Falcone: It was so much easier than I thought. I'm just so happy I had it done. If I knew it was that easy, I probably would have done it sooner. It was unbelievable. Jennifer Matthews: And he's hoping the relief will stay. Hip resurfacing is designed to last at least ten years. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.