Stevens After Hip Replacement Surgery: ‘My Body Will Tell Me When I’m Ready’

by | 12.26.2016 | 4:15pm
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens

Gary Stevens was moving with alacrity on an invigoratingly brisk Monday morning at Clockers' Corner at Santa Anita Park after undergoing surgery last Wednesday for replacement of his left hip at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.

”Everything went pretty well,” the Hall of Fame rider said. “I had (right) knee surgery in the past and on a scale of one to 10 from what I felt with my knee, the pain on this is a one. I was out of recovery for an hour and the nurse had me up and walking. There is some pain from the swelling, but that's it.

“They said it would be 12 weeks before I can ride competitively, but my body will tell me when I'm ready. The doctor said I could get on horses in six weeks but he'd prefer to have me wait until eight weeks.”

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