After Foot Surgery, He’s Back on the Golf Course
After foot surgery, Cliff Hitchcock says his quality of life has improved 100 percent, and he’s back to doing the things he loves
Avid golfer Cliff Hitchcock began experiencing pain in his left foot while out on the course. With the help of orthotics, he was able to manage it for a few years, and underwent knee surgery during that time. Unfortunately, the pain in Hitchcock’s foot began to get worse.
Hitchcock’s physician, Orthopedic Surgeon Kent Biddinger, M.D., determined that he needed a mid-foot fusion operation, where a plate and screws would be put into Hitchcock’s foot along with a bone graft. “I didn’t want to lose any part of the golf season or nice weather, and Dr. Biddinger understood that and was very patient,” Hitchcock said. “We decided to do the surgery in the fall.”
In the fall of 2017, Hitchcock underwent surgery at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. “At my pre-op visit, Dr. Biddinger and the anesthesiologist took the time to explain everything to me and I appreciated them taking the time to do that,” he said. “The anesthesiologist asked if I wanted to be discharged later that day, after surgery, or stay the night, and I opted to stay the night.”
Hitchcock especially liked that Dr. Biddinger listened to his questions, was considerate and while he offered his opinion, placed no pressure on him to make certain decisions.
During his surgery and stay at the Medical Center, Hitchcock said he experienced very little discomfort and pain. “I’ve always had good experiences with the hospital staff,” he said. “There were no negatives. All of the members of the nursing staff who I had the interaction with were friendly and responsive, and I had a lot of confidence in them. It was also nice to have a private room.”
Post-op, Hitchcock said he couldn’t have expected anything more from the surgery. Everything went smoothly and he experienced minimal swelling and pain.
Since the surgery, Hitchcock said his quality of life has improved 100 percent. He’s back to doing the things he loves, including woodworking, fishing, other outdoor activities and of course, being on the golf course.
Those who would like more information on Dr. Biddinger or MidMichigan Health’s orthopedic services may visit www.midmichigan.org/bonesandjoints.