Second opinion changes local man’s life

by Ciera Choate

Mitch Gordon had resigned himself to spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair. So had his wife, Sandy.  But that was before a trip to Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital – a place the couple credits with changing their lives forever.

Gordon broke his hip and part of his femur after a fall in May 1991, and with only the head of the femur actually shattered, doctors told Gordon he only needed a partial hip replacement. So that’s what he did, trying to continue to lead a normal life and even walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding just 11 days after his fall, albeit with the help of a walker.

“I remembered saying to the doctor, ‘Listen, the only way I’m not walking my kid down the aisle is if I’m in a box,’” Gordon said.

Gordon was free of pain following his surgery, and assumed all had gone to plan. It wasn’t until 15 years later that people around him started noticing a problem with the way he walked. And it wasn’t until a new team of doctors opened up the leg last October to take a look; realizing how serious of a problem there was.

But after doctors lost faith in any kind of surgery being successful, Gordon turned to Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital for a second opinion that changed his life.

“What the doctor had told me after surgery is that he will not operate on the hip ever again.  The hip had deteriorated to such extent that the doctor didn’t think it could sustain another surgery,” Gordon said.  “The doctor said I would be wheelchair bound.”

But now, Gordon doesn’t see a wheelchair in his future and now has full use of his leg. The family is so happy his wife decided to start volunteering at Presbyterian.

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