Success Stories

We offer patients a unique combination of personal attention in a private practice setting combined with the most advanced surgical techniques. Click on the stories below to see how some of our patients are doing after their surgery.

We call Dr. Gross "Dr. Magic"

Dr. Thomas Gross, Lee Webb NP, and their staff (Nurse Nancy is the one I spent a lot of time conversing with) have changed my life SO MUCH.  In less than a year, I went from having to crawl up stairs on all fours to getting back to my active life.  I am 52-years old.  I got my new hip. Now…  I box, trail run, basketball, ultimate frisbee, crossfit, and more.  I was very active before arthritis struck my hip, [...] ruining everything I [did].  JUST OVER ONE YEAR after surgery, I was nearly back to 100%. I couldn’t believe it! Dr. Gross’ pain management is amazing.  Around here in the NC area, there are several of his patients with the exact same [hip resurfacing] surgery.  We all call him “Dr. Magic”.  My sister lives in SC just north of [Columbia].  I stayed with her for a week after surgery.  She and my brother-n-law were shocked by the speed of recovery and are telling all their friends about Dr. Magic.  People who knew me before arthritis, [...] right before the surgery, and [...] now are asking about Dr. Magic.   

Now it is two years, and [I'm] fully recovered.  My progress now is NOT about the surgery but is about me and [the] efforts I make.  Just over a year after surgery, my running partner signed [us] up for one of the hardest marathons in NC.  We finished our 26.2 mile marathon in 5:15.  Not too shabby considering the terrain.  It was good to be sore but not in pain! A marathon. 19 months after my surgery. Thank you Dr. Gross!

 

 

4-Day Zion Hike with Bilateral Hips

We hiked in Zion National Park for 4 days. Typically did 5-9 miles per day. Frequently experienced elevation gains > 2000 feet. Never felt anything in my hips all 4 days. Really incredible to be able to do these things with my family. It simply would have been impossible before getting both hips resurfaced.

Please let any prospective patients know of my success and that if I can do it, anybody can. This picture was taken 5 months to the day Dr. Gross resurfaced my left hip and about 16 months after the right.

 

Brilliantly talented surgeon

I ran 1 mile today. It's been almost 2 years since I had to stop running due to my injured hip. It's been 7 months since my Hip Resurfacing surgery and 1 month since I was cleared to return to full activity - including running. So I want to express my immeasurable gratitude to my brilliantly talented surgeon, Dr Tom Gross MD, and his fantastic team at Midlands Orthopedics in Columbia, SC for fixing me and giving me this unbelievable opportunity. I was told I would never run again. As it always has been in this country, we live in an age of remarkable medical innovation and advancement. Let's hope and pray that these creative and gifted Medical Professionals are allowed to continue to operate and flourish in an environment that nutures their goals and not in one where a group of unknowledgeable and misguided bureaucrats extinguish this spectacularly creative process forever.

Trail running

[I'm] 2-1/2 years out on the right [hip] and 1-1/2 on the left [hip].  Saturday, three of us (I'm far right) did 13 miles up into Crescent Creek drainage near Cooper Landing.  We had an awesome time and did it in 2 hours 45 minutes - a little slower than planned, but it was HOT. Alaska girls don't do hot.  

This is the longest run I've done this summer and one of the more challenging.  This [trail] has some impressive uphill rocky stretches but totally worth it once you get above tree line.  

I have NO PAIN.  None.  I did the downhills just as fast as the chick in the middle, who is an IronMan triathlete.  Downhill was my enemy for so many years; it [used to] hurt so bad.  Uphill I held my own but definitely need more cardio work. [...]  

[...] Once again a heartfelt thank you to all of you and Dr. Gross for giving me this back.

Julie

I did cartwheels to celebrate!

When Dr. Gross resurfaced my right hip in August of 2013, he told me that I would be able to do all the activities that I normally enjoyed doing. He was right! This photo was taken the day I regained my number one ranking in the world for pole vaulting women ages 60-64. I was thrilled to be the only female to pole vault with a resurfaced hip! I did cartwheels to celebrate! 

You gave me renewed hope and a resurfaced hip.

Dr. Gross, Lee Webb, Nancy Smith, et al.

A delayed note of gratitude for your excellent work. On December 4th, 2013 you gave me renewed hope and a resurfaced hip, to pursue my long time passion of ultra-running. In June 2014, with six months full recovery, I ventured back into the mountains and trails to begin renewing the lifestyle I knew before.

I can surf again!

Thank you again for all your help with my hips. I was 29 at the time of the hip replacements. Here about 9 months and 12 months out from my surgeries, I am feeling much better.  I would not say I am 100% yet, but I am continually improving.  I have no discomfort sitting, standing, or walking.  

I know I can trust my newly resurfaced hips.

It has been 14 months since you performed my bilateral hip resurfacing and I am writing to inform you of how the newly resurfaced hips are performing. In one word; FANTASTIC! To describe my results more completely, I will relate one particularly noteworthy experience since the operations.

Apart from the expected discomforts in the first week following surgery and the agony of waiting the six months to be free of the limitations I agreed to follow, the recovery period was really very easy considering the fact that, well, both hips had just been replaced. It would be reasonable to expect much worse.

I'm happy to walk pain-free!

I'm 10 weeks post-op. I enjoyed the article that was written about me and how Dr. Gross became my doctor as well as a bit about "resurfacings." I'm trying to educate! The picture was pre-surgery, so I will look forward to getting another photo when I start to work my way back a year after surgery! In the meantime, I'm happy to walk pain-free!

Read the article here.

Thanks always,

- K. G.
60-year-old pole vaulting gymnast from Iowa

Do your research and select the best surgeon possible – like I did.

In 2010 and early 2011 my arthritic right hip finally forced me to give up or cut back on a lot of the activities I loved–competing in triathlons with my son, winter hiking on snowshoes, and barefoot water skiing.

In addition, snow skiing, slalom water skiing, and just plain walking without limping became problematic. As I researched hip resurfacing and found Dr. Gross, I began to have hope for the resumption of a lot of the activities, but I must admit I was skeptical when Dr. Gross told me I could resume ALL of my prior activities, even barefoot water skiing. I had the surgery in October 2011 and my recovery went very well–the hardest part was holding back from TOO much activity.

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