“If the more recent surgery was more involved, recovery might be a little slower, but I can’t think of a reason why anyone would be able to say he couldn’t play again,” said Dr. James Gladstone, sports medicine specialist and co-chief of sports medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. “Especially if the other hip is holding up, there shouldn’t be a lasting impact.”
This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you’ve been idle for a while, it’s important to see a doctor before getting active again, says Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. You want to make sure you don’t have any pre-existing conditions, such as heart disease, that might present a problem when you start up your new exercise regimen.
The 22-year-old may return to full form as early as the middle of the 2013 National Football League season, according to Alexis Chiang Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.