I had a terrible outcome and experience with Dr. Nicholas Mast. His sales pitch led me to believe that his anterior hip surgery technique was less intrusive than other techniques and would result in a faster recovery.
I already had had a “posterior” total hip replacement on my other hip, from which I’d recovered quickly.
Dr. Mast’s surgery was a completely different experience. The day of surgery, he bragged to me that he did 6 or 7 hip replacements a day.
When I asked him if he would be personally doing my surgery, he replied, “this is a teaching hospital.” In any case, the result was sloppy.
I now have a visibly deformed hip and one leg shorter than the other, which has resulted in back and knee pain.
As for my recovery, it was long and painful compared what I experienced with my first hip replacement. This time, I was bed-ridden for weeks in excruciating pain.
When I met with Dr. Mast for my post-op, he turned from Jekyll to Hyde.
My new hip, I reported, seemed to be too high and wide, making my hip stick out and my left leg 1/3rd of an inch shorter than before.
Dr. Mast’s reaction was to fly into a rage, deny that my hip stuck out, deny that my leg was now shorter, and, with red-faced anger, point to the door and say, “Leave my office and never come back.”
It is two and a half years later, and my hip sticks out exactly as much as it did that day in his office.
Other doctors I’ve met with since then have confirmed this outcome, remarking on my shorter left leg and my protruding hip.
One thing I give Dr. Mast. He is a great salesman. I am sorry I bought his pitch.