Ian Redfern will be taking part in this year’s London to Brighton bike ride just 19 months after a total hip replacement at The Horder Centre.
Ian, 59, of Broad Oak, Heathfield, is so pleased with the results of his right hip operation that he will be raising money for Horder Healthcare.
Ian’s operation was performed by consultant surgeon Hugh Apthorp, in November 2012, after five years of experiencing problems with the hip.
Ian, who retires from being a dentist in April, said: “I chose to have my hip replacement at The Horder Centre as I had heard only good, positive comments from my own dental patients who had received care there.”
About six weeks after his operation, Ian started exercising on a spin bike he had been given for Christmas and decided to take part in the London to Brighton cycle ride so that he had a fitness goal and timetable.
He said: “The training is going well. I try to get out on the roads cycling about 15 miles two or three times a week and use my indoor spin about three evenings a week. It will be easier to step up the training after I retire and I hope to complete the ride in around five hours.”
Ian concluded: “I’m delighted to say that the surgery has been such a success that I now notice no difference between my right and left leg, can enjoy golf again, have been able to improve my cardio-vascular fitness with all the mental and health benefits this promotes, and have managed some sensible downhill skiing.”