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Kevin Self - Two types of hip replacements
 
SURGERIES
2014
Anterior Lt hip replacement surgery at age 59
Dr. Carlos Gonzalez
El Paso, Tx
2009
Posterior Right hip replacement surgery
Dr. Donald Watson
Las Cruces,NM

(photo -Robin Zielinski - Sun-News)
 
Since I had never before corresponded with a dancer who had both a traditional THR (posterior, or posterior lateral) and an anterior approach THR, I asked Ken the following question:
Do you now think the anterior approach is superior and should the readers go out of their way, as you did, to get an anterior approach THR?
 
He replied (9.02.2014):
By far, as a dancer, I found the anterior a superior approach. Two years ago when I had the posterior surgery, I couldn't find a surgeon willing to do the procedure because I had damaged the hip so severely (the labrum had to be repaired with additional bone). I finally found a local surgeon who took the challenge. That may have hindered my recovery as well as the procedure itself. I'm so glad you are so willing to share my experience. I hope it helps others. Thanks, Kevin
 
I too hope others will find this information very helpful! -NR

 
BIO from Michele's Dance Academy website
 
A former professional dancer, Mr. Self studied dance while growing up in Las Cruces, as a Harkness recipient in Dallas, in summer programs in Italy, and throughout high school and college at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He danced with Agnes de Mille's Heritage Dance Company, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and American Ballet Theatre, performing at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. Upon retiring from his distinguished dance career, Mr. Self returned to Las Cruces, where he attained an additional degree from NMSU and a new career as a real estate broker and appraiser. He has continued his contributions to the world of dance through directing and choreographing, teaching dance classes, performing in LCCB productions, and mentoring young dancers. He is a recipient of the 2001 Dona Ana Arts Council Community Arts Award, and was choreographer for the world premiere opera Sara McKinnon, with music by Randall Shinn and libretto by Mark Medoff.
 
Self owns and operates Michele's Dance Academy in Las Cruces, which was founded by Self's wife of 23 years, Michele, who died after a battle with ovarian cancer. Before her death, Kevin Self promised to keep the ballet company up and running - a promise he's kept.
 
Quotes from the Las Cruses Sun News article 8.29.2014:
 
Self had his reservations about undergoing surgery after his hip began to fail.
"I was worried about the limitations afterward. I knew that I would be fine, but I didn't want to just be fine. My job is very physical and I wanted to do as much as possible," he said.
 
"(My surgery) went beautifully. The first day in the hospital afterward, they had me stand, an hour later they had me in a wheelchair, an hour later, they had me on crutches, an hour later, nothing. I was walking just fine. I was in the hospital one day and I was back to work in less than a week."
 
Self said he is now at 95 percent of what he was before his hip failed and said his biggest concern was the trepidation that kept him from getting medical help sooner.
 
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In the background are dancers Jacquelin Huerta, left, and Laura Vechione.
(Photo Robin Zielinski - Sun-News)
 
LINKS:
Michele's Dance Academy
http://michelesdanceacademy.biz/
 
Double hip replacement helps Las Cruces dancer - in Las Cruzes Sun-News
link to article