Paul Honour is the kind of guy who just exudes perpetual motion. So, when he started experiencing hip pain two years ago, becoming less active was simply not an option - but the idea of surgery was just plain scary to contemplate.

"I have always been active: surfing, boating, kayaking – all kinds of water sports, really – and seven years ago I started going to Bikram Yoga in St. Augustine to help me sustain strength, balance, and flexibility I as I entered into my fifties." says, Paul. "Then, two years ago I started losing range of motion in my right hip which got worse over time. The pain became so bad that it was really slowing me down and I needed to seek medical help.

When I learned that I needed a hip replacement, I did some research and talked with a personal friend whose wife had recently had surgery in Atlanta. He advised me to find a hospital that utilizes a new anterior surgical approach for hip replacements, which requires less cutting and speeds healing. According to my friend, only 5% of surgeons across the country were performing this innovative procedure - and about the same 5% of hospitals have the right equipment in place to facilitate the surgery. I was so pleased to learn that Flagler Hospital had the necessary state-of-the-art operating rooms and Dr. Grimes was specially trained in the anterior surgery technique! It was such a relief that I didn't have to travel to Atlanta to have this done.

Now that I have my new hip I have zero pain, and I am back to my active lifestyle. I had never been in a hospital before, or even broken a bone, so I really didn't know what to expect and had a lot of apprehension. But from the pre-surgery education class I attended at Flagler Hospital through surgery day and recovery, everyone I encountered was caring, professional, and made my stay a great experience. The hospital room and even the food was great. The nursing staff, aids, and physical therapy department were very attentive to my every need. Thank you for giving me my active life back!"

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga is a 26 posture sequence selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga, designed to systematically work every part of the body. According to Bikram, each component takes care of something different in the body, and yet they all work together synergistically, contributing to the success of every other one, and extending its benefits. Bikram Yoga is typically performed in a room temperature of 105 degrees.