New Hampshire native Nelson Griffin is no stranger to hard work. As a military retiree, Nelson spent years working on his feet as a diesel engineer and mechanic working with heavy equipment and machinery. The years of strain led to chronic hip pain, arthritis and deterioration of both hip joints, so much so that when he took a step his right hip would dip an inch below his left. After witnessing his wife’s excellent care for a knee replacement performed by Dr. Bewley with AOS, Nelson decided to make the call to Dr. Payne for treatment of both hips.
Nelson had met several other people who all urged him not to wait any longer, so on February 17, 2015, Nelson’s wife braved the 2015 snowstorm, shoveling snow at 3AM to make sure he would arrive on time for his surgery.
Dr. Payne completed Mr. Griffin’s surgery in just 1.5 hours. By evening, he was up walking the halls of the hospital. He was most surprised to be released the next day. After just a week of follow-up home physical therapy, Nelson was ready to start preparing for surgery number two, completed in April.
Avid travelers, Mr. Griffin and his wife are now able to enjoy long car journeys to visit their daughter in Michigan twice a year. The 943-mile trip no longer causes him the excruciating pain he felt prior to surgery. As he feels he has a new lower body, he’s now able to dance, drive, go bike riding – all things he never thought possible before.
“I can stand up completely straight. It feels like they put a new leg on me. I no longer need a walker. I’m amazed at the difference AOS and Dr. Payne’s work has made in my life,” he reports.