Success Stories

We offer patients a unique combination of personal attention in a private practice setting combined with the most advanced surgical techniques. Click on the stories below to see how some of our patients are doing after their surgery.

Thank you and Dr. Gross for giving me the opportunity to make some of those memories.

Please include this picture as part of my 5-year follow up for hip-resurfacing surgery. I am on the right with my youngest daughter, Cassie, on the bottom left.

We are skiing black diamond runs at Moonlight Basin in the grand state of Montana.

My prayers were answered and I have been riding horses again.

From the time I was a small child, I’ve loved being around and riding horses. A few years ago, that had to be given up, along with many other physical activities due to severe osteoarthritis in my right hip.

Upon realizing that the joint needed replacement, I began looking for options—Mayo Clinic and local orthopaedic surgeons to name a few. Thankfully, a colleague at my agency told me about her father, who traveled from Colorado in 2005 to Columbia, SC for hip resurfacing with Dr. Gross.

I immediately looked up the website, read everything and viewed the videos, then contacted Lee.

Dr. Gross and Lee Webb are amazing, caring, dedicated people.

Thank you hardly expresses my feelings and gratitude toward Dr. Gross, Lee Webb, the office and hospital staff. I had always been a very active person. Riding 2,000 miles each summer on my road bike, golfing, downhill skiing, rollerblading marathons and working out at the gym 5 to 6 days a week defined my life.

My 45th birthday marked the beginning of my struggle with osteoarthritis in my right hip and over the next five years all of these activities were slowly taken away from me as my hip deteriorated.

I wanted a doctor who would respect my understandings, my choices, and give me an honest appraisal.

For 10 years, I struggled with the aftermath of a corticosteroid-induced AVN episode in my left hip, leaving me with bone-on-bone severe pain and large cysts within the femoral head. I'd been an active triathlete since 1985 and had completed the Canada Ironman 6 months before a cortisone injection for poison oak led to early AVN and the total loss of cartilage in my left hip. (My right hip has remained completely healthy).

Triathlon, running, XC skiing, backpacking are all essential for my psychology and happiness, and a standard "total hip" was too depressing to think about. I dropped my research in astronomy and spent hundreds of hours learning everything at the University of California San Francisco Medical Libary about bone, cartilage, hips, hip surgery, and AVN.

Surgery has changed my life back to what it used to be.

I wanted to let you know a few success stories since I had my hip resurfaced by Dr. Gross. In August of 2006, approx. 1 year after surgery, I met my goal of climbing my first Colorado 14 thousand foot peak called “Grey’s Peak”. 1 week later I got pregnant and we are expecting our first child in May. For years, I could not consider having a baby due to the chronic and constant pain that I was living with.

Mike from Florida poses with his catch.

Mike from Florida poses with his catch on the opening day of lobster season. Mike had hip resurfacing one year ago and dove for two hours to bag this bunch.

Since the surgery, I no longer limp and almost feel as good as new.

I had surgery to resurface my left hip in March 2005 at the age of 39. I was extremely active for my entire life. I was a gymnast in high school and started running in college. I continued to run after college and started teaching high impact and step aerobics.

I did high-impact type cardiovascular exercises for 2-4 hours per day, 6 days a week. After 10 years of wear and tear on my hip, I couldn't run anymore and limped when I walked. I began road biking because it didn't hurt. Eventually, even road biking hurt.

I thank you two every time I use this hip.

I hope you and Dr. G fully realize how you change lives for the better. What a calling you two have, and how well you answer the call. As for me, it’s spring in New England, and in the past week I have biked 60 miles, ridden two horses 10 miles (or so) and – yes – run 4 miles on a very soft surface. I thank you two every time I use this hip.

- Laurel M.

Every step I take now in the canyons, I thank my lucky stars I found you guys.

This is the Grand Gulch in Southeastern Utah. There is wonderful ancient rock art and beautiful cliff dwellings to be seen. It was a cold day with the temps in the 30's. The hip gave me NO problems, especially since I was carrying a bunch of gear and food in my pack.

My friend took this picture of me. Every step I take now in the canyons, I thank my lucky stars I found you guys. All the sounds and sights seem to be more enhanced when you are given a second chance.

- Shelly P.

I climbed [this mountain] 120 days after my 2nd hip resurfacing surgery.

This picture is from the top of Mount of the Holy Cross which is 14,005 feet. I climbed it on August 25, 120 days after my 2nd hip resurfacing surgery. It was a 12-mile hike and 5,700 vertical feet in elevation gain. I felt great and know that I couldn't have done it with those old hips. You guys are awesome and I will continue to send anyone I know that needs help to you.

- Cam B.
Hip Resurfacing  Patient
Colorado

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