Can you imagine living your wildest dream? Twice? Brent McEwen can.
Can you imagine living your wildest dream? Twice?
Brent McEwen can. The former Huskies head coach and Blades GM has worked as a scout with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings since 2004. In 2012 and 2014, he stood on the ice at L.A.’s Staples Centre, proudly hoisting the Stanley Cup.
He almost didn’t make it the last year.
“I’d needed a total hip replacement for about a year,” explains McEwen, an avid runner. “The pain from arthritis got so bad I decided it had to be done.”
He and his specialist, Dr. Tousief Hussain, decided to proceed with Brent’s surgery at Saskatoon City Hospital in May, 2014.
Everything went better than expected, especially his recovery. “It was as good as an experience in the hospital as it could be. I was there for three nights and only needed physiotherapy twice.
“Two and half weeks later, I flew to New York for game four and two nights later I was in L.A., where we won the cup on home ice.”
McEwen walked without a cane within four weeks.
Dr. Hussain says McEwen’s age then – about 15 years less than the average hip replacement patient – contributed to his speedy recovery. “He was well motivated and able to return to high functions quickly but this isn’t normal for most joint replacement patients.”
Advances in medical procedures also assisted, the surgeon adds. “Over the years, there’ve been many refinements. The latest is that the type of plastic we’re using is now a cross-link polyethylene. It’s harder and won’t wear out as quickly. The overall design has been tweaked so we’re expecting these to last about 20 years.”
While running would wear out the new hip too fast, McEwen says he can still do activities such as biking or rowing with no worries.
“Whatever Dr. Hussain did, he did really well and the care at Saskatoon City Hospital was just great,” he adds. “There were no problems with the incision and the nurses were fantastic. It was a great experience from the moment I was admitted until I checked out.”
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