All my life (60 now) I have been fortunate enough to ride horses. I was diagnosed with a torn labrum at age 52 by a different orthopedic surgeon and advised to get my hip replaced. I put it off for 7 years (I decided I was too young for a hip replacement), but the pain never went away. At 59 I could not ride any longer than 20 minutes due to the pain and also had problems walking. I made an appointment with Dr. Nourbash on the recommendation of a friend who had her hips and knees replaced by Dr. Nourbash (I have been to Barrington Ortho for shoulders and ankle surgeries and extremely pleased). I was delighted to find out that Dr. Nourbash also rides and shares a passion for horses. After my initial exam, I explained to him how important it was for me to get back to riding horses; I usually ride for 5-7 hours when on trail rides and 1-2 hours in the arena. After reviewing x-rays, Dr. Nourbash found I also had issues with my lower back (old injuries). He collaborated with Dr. Belcher and they recommended a conservative approach to figure out if my pain was more in my back or hips. After a few months of therapy and testing, we determined the issue was in my hips (never had any back pain). Dr. Nourbash scheduled my right total hip replacement on March 12. I could not believe the immediate relief on that side right after surgery. I was back to work full-time in 2 ½ weeks and riding in 11 weeks. He then scheduled my left total hip replacement for July 2; again, immediate relief right after surgery. I was back to work full-time in 3 weeks and back to riding in 6 weeks - PAIN FREE! I work for the Chief Medical Officer of a major hospital in a major IL city and he could not believe how quickly I recovered. I looked forward to my follow-up visits with Dr. Nourbash and his incredible staff as they were professional, listened attentively, and made the whole process easy and, for the most part, pain free. I can walk for miles again, get down on the floor and play with my grandchildren, ride my horse, camp, and do everything so much better than I could before. I will add I had two additional opinions at the urging of my husband (one using the SuperPath approach, and one using Anterior approach). I had no doubt Dr. Nourbash would be completing my surgeries based on his success rate and that he listened to my concerns and planned a path to get me back to my old way of life as soon as possible. I have friends who have had their hips replaced by other surgeons and still have issues. They cannot believe how quickly I recovered and that I have zero issues with either hip. I was headed down the path to depression due to my inability to ride and work my horse, enjoy vacations with my Husband, play with my grandchildren and even take long car rides on a nice afternoon, but Dr. Nourbash saved my life. I am back to being my happy-go-lucky self and loving everything God has blessed me with. I wake up pain-free and ready to start each new day with renewed health and happiness. Thank you Dr. Nourbash and your incredible staff – you have changed my life forever. Respectfully submitted, Sandy G.