HIP surgery can be a daunting prospect, especially for older people, but 87-year old Bob Lewis from Earlswood has already been through five operations and has no plans to slow down yet.
A founder member of Earlswood Lakes Sailing Club, Bob has been sailing for over 50 years and regularly enters club competitions and helps tutor local schoolchildren, proving that extensive hip surgery need be no barrier to doing the things you enjoy.
“I just love sailing and although I’m very fortunate, in that I enjoy good general health, the surgery has definitely helped to keep me on the water,” says Bob, who received a commendation from Stratford District Council in 2006 for his work with a group of youngsters visiting from Belarus, and last year won Earlswood Lakes Sailing Club’s Spring and Summer Saturday Pursuit titles while also helping a 13-year old to victory in the Novice Endeavour Cup.
Bob originally had two hip replacements and then went on to have three additional revision operations.
One of his most recent revision operations turned out to require more complex surgery and he was referred over 12 months ago to orthopaedic surgeon Trevor Lawrence, a consultant at Solihull’s Spire Parkway Hospital.
In addition to hip replacement and revision hip replacement, Mr Lawrence specialises in knee replacement and arthroscopy. When Bob’s wife Sheila, 82, began to struggle with her mobility because of knee pain, she turned to Mr Lawrence who performed knee replacement surgery which enabled her to regain her fitness and independence.