One night in 2016 when Michael Parra was at a nightclub playing guitar with his band, he finally realized he needed help.
“Just standing there rocking ’n’ rolling for a long period of time was really painful on my right side,” says the 60-year-old Kunkletown musician. “I originally felt a sharp pain there while competing in motocross [off-road motorcycle racing] a couple of years before that. I had put off seeing a doctor about it, but I had reached the point where I couldn’t put it off anymore.”
Parra eventually connected with orthopedic surgeon Christopher Ferrante, MD, of LVPG Orthopedics and Sports Medicine–Independence Road. Ferrante replaced Parra’s right hip in December 2016.
“Hip replacements are No. 1 in terms of patient satisfaction in orthopedic surgery,” Ferrante says. “Michael had some arthritis that was causing the pain in his right hip. Given his active lifestyle, I had the feeling we’d be seeing him about the other hip eventually. Arthritis in one hip often means arthritis in both.”