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Hip and Happening: Restaurant Owner Gets New Hip

As co-owner of his family’s Skyline Chili restaurant in Middletown, Eli Fillios is on his feet between 12 and 14 hours a day. Over the course of several years, a congenital (since birth) hip problem led to tremendous pain, limiting his ability to work or enjoy hiking, a favorite activity. The normally easy-going Fillios pushed himself to work through the pain, but he knew something had to be done. After getting X-rays, it was obvious that he needed treatment. Fillios was just over 40 years of age—very young for a hip replacement.

“I had heard they don’t like to do total hip replacements on young people because the hip joints may wear out,” he says.

Fillios was referred to M. Scott True, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Atrium Medical Center. “I knew Dr. True as a customer at Skyline, but I didn’t know him as a doctor,” says Fillios. “He thoroughly explained my condition and treatment options, and told me that the new hip replacement materials may even outlast me. Then I learned more about Dr. True and felt confident about my choices.”

Fillios’ surgery was not the typical hip replacement. “The anterior (frontal) approach seemed to be the best option for Eli because he is so young,” explains Dr. True. “It’s a less invasive technique than traditional hip replacement. The incision is smaller and the surgery is done from the front of the hip rather than from the side. This approach allows the surgeon to move muscles and ligaments rather than cut through them, making time to recovery much quicker than traditional hip replacement.”

Atrium Medical Center was the first hospital in the southwest Ohio region to have the special table needed to perform the anterior hip replacement surgery.

“Some patients who have an anterior approach total hip replacement can return to desk jobs in just a few weeks if all goes well,” Dr. True adds.

Fillios notes that the most important element to a quick and total recovery for him was physical therapy. It helped him get back to work in just four weeks. Five months after surgery, he also got right back to the activity he enjoys most—hiking with his wife, Mary, in Tennessee. Now, a year later, Fillios says, “The biggest difference is that I can work long hours without any pain.”

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