Chief Hurtt Recovery After Surgery
November 3, 2006 -- Chief Hurtt
is taking some personal time off after undergoing surgery to replace
his left hip on Monday, October 30, 2006. He received a total
hip replacement due to severe degenerative joint disease otherwise
arthritis. The surgery took three hours and was completed without
complications. His personal physician, Dr. Wayne Riley, indicated
that Chief Hurtt will spend the next few days in physical therapy
to adjust to his new hip and should be released to go home by
mid or late next week. Dr. Riley is the Vice President for Health
Affairs at Baylor College of Medicine and a general internist.
The surgeon who performed the actual operation is Dr. Randall
Lindsey, Chairman of Orthopedics Surgery at UTMB Galveston.
"His good health and active lifestyle will
assist him in his recovery," said Dr. Riley. He also stated
that hip replacement procedures are more common today, especially
for those who maintain an active lifestyle for long periods of
time. Chief Hurtt played sports as a youth, was in the military,
and entered law enforcement at an early age. He also continues
to be active in leisure pursuits such as golfing and biking. In
fact, he participated in the MS 150 shortly after taking his oath
of office here in Houston.
At the present time, Chief Hurtt is receiving
paperwork at the hospital and is keeping himself abreast of the
activities within the department. "Police work is a dynamic
and ever-changing field," said Chief Hurtt. "Reviewing
paperwork and activity reports allow me to stay current on the
issues of the day," he said. After his anticipated discharge
next week, he is expected to work two to three hours in the office
while continuing with his physical therapy. His doctors expect
a full recovery.
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