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David Hofland

I am an old fellow that loves to run. I’ve been a recreational runner since my early 20's; however,  a broken pelvis/hip 23 years ago gradually became a severe, post-traumatic arthritis of my hip.

My 5K run times got longer and longer – my running stride became a hobble – walking became limping and painful.

I delayed seeking a hip replacement for more than a year. I tried steroid injections, but they didn't help much, and gradually my range of motion became so affected that I could not put on sock or tie a shoe on the right side.

Bill Jacoway

Dr. Jeffrey Davis, Andrews Sports Medicine's staff and St. Vincent's Hospital were all phenomenal throughout the process from diagnosis to post-surgery follow up! 

I had anterior, robotic-assisted replacement of my left hip on a Monday morning, was home Tuesday afternoon, walking on a cane by Saturday and back at work on the following Monday. Being back at work in an upstairs office one week post hip replacement surgery is amazing to me!

Tim Flowers

After serving as a firefighter for 27 1/2 years, it’s easy to see how I would start having joint problems - more specifically in my knees. The gear I had to wear, the rigorous training, and the overall demands of the job wore my knees out. In the last 15 years the pain has gotten consistently worse.

Dr. Lawrence "Larry" DeLucas

Where were you during the summer of 1992? For me, I was in space serving as a payload specialist aboard the Columbia Space Shuttle. Following the space expedition, I spent time as the chief scientist at the International Space Station and later came to work as a professor at UAB. However, I’m not here to brag about myself. I’m here to brag on the doctors at Andrews Sports Medicine.

Tonya Cohen

I grew up in Sheffield, AL, but years later moved to Las Vegas, NV with my family, living there for 17 years. I have danced all my life and now teach as well as judge competitions. Over time, my active lifestyle as a dancer has made me more prone to different injuries, especially in my knees.

 

At the young age of 13, I had my first surgery on my left kneecap while I was still living in Sheffield. The surgery lasted me about 25 years until I started to feel swelling again.

Marcia Lowry

I worked at St. Vincent's Birmingham for 18 years and saw Andrews Sports Medicine being built. I was having trouble with my knee and received a strong recommendation to see Dr. David Moore, one of Andrews Sports Medicine's joint replacement specialists. Looking back, from the beginning of my experience to the end, I know I couldn’t have chosen a better surgeon.

Alicia Banks

For several years I had chronic knee pain where the cartilage in my knee joint was wearing out. A co-worker of mine, who had shoulder surgery at Andrews Sports Medicine, recommended I see Dr. Benton Emblom for my pain and promised I would thank him later. I had previously heard great things about Dr. Emblom and his work from my cousin, so I decided to follow through and make an appointment.

Robert Sells

At age 35, I was married, active, enjoying a new career, and looking forward to life. In the summer of that year – 1989 – that life changed completely. I was diagnosed with an aggressive case of rheumatoid arthritis and I would spend a year-and-a-half bedridden until I fought to regain minor mobility. I was told that my walking days were over and that I would soon be in a wheelchair. Decades of issues with chronic pain and the challenges of being disabled and an invalid followed.