August 14, 2014
Karl Baumgart’s Testimonial:
I certainly couldn’t be more shocked and pleased at the same time with the results I’ve seen from Dr. Brandon Gough. Roughly 21 months ago, I was sitting in Dr. Gough’s office when he advised me I needed a hip replacement- and could get one ASAP, but would definitely need one in about 18 months.
Like clockwork, roughly 18 months later I walked back in Dr. Gough’s office again, after suffering for months with limited mobility and constant pain. I was ready.
Up to this point, I had tried a regime of ultrasound-guided cortisone injections, stretch therapy, chiropractic treatments, and massage therapy (along with NSAID’s). I found success with these early on in the process… but about 15 months from my initial visit; they stopped working and the injections were only good for 5-6 weeks.
Fast forward to May 2014…
There I was, mentally prepared to get a hip replacement and finally looking forward to real pain relief. In my pre-operation consult with Dr. Gough, he actually caught me off guard by me by offering the opportunity for one more non-surgical path for pain relief. I thought of 2 things:
- Why is a surgeon not jumping up and down to cut me and get paid? And: 2. I was mentally ready, so what could this possibly be.
“I’m working with this cutting edge injectable allograph product called Bio-D”, Dr. Gough said. “And I’d like you to consider it prior to a hip replacement. It’s not going to 100% prevent you from getting a total hip, because you’re hip is really bad… but it could buy you some serious time.”
After a number of questions and a good 20 minutes talking through it with the good doctor, I went home to ponder the option. I had a number of things to consider prior to making a hard and fast decision on this.
Personally, I was training to compete at the national level in Masters Cycling in 2014. I had started the training process with my coach over 2 years prior- and seeing as it was May already/ and the Masters National TT race was first week of September… I had to weigh a number of options.
“Can I recover from a total hip and get to 100% in 3 months?” – Not likely
“What if I try to ride it out without doing anything else?” – The hip won’t last and I don’t see me cycling at the level I’m at for long.
“If I get this injection, what if it doesn’t work? What then? Do I get the hip replacement right away or can I just go race with what I’ve got?” – Well, if it doesn’t work I’m in trouble- because I might be able to get to 90% in 90 days… but if I wait any longer for the surgery, my window to race competitively at a National level disappears.
And I knew my strength on the bike was starting to wane… the numbers don’t lie and my power meter was telling me the facts.
So… another call with Dr. Gough and a long discussion with both my coach and wife- and I decided to go for the Bio-D. All I can say is it was nothing short of a God-given miracle!
Not only did the pain in my hip start subsiding within 2 days, but within 10 days of the injection I was able to go race a tough time trial and win my category! There would be no way that was possible before that… and it was just 10 days!
But it gets better…
After seeing the results so quickly, I decided to give track racing a try. After a few weeks of training on a fixed gear track bike, I found my way to the Arizona State track championships (held at the Encino Velodrome in CA) and won 8 state championship titles (7 individual titles and 1 team title)!
But it gets even better than that…
Because I could once again strengthen and train the stabilizer muscles around my hip, and both my stretch therapy and chiropractic treatment; I was able to regain my strength on the bike and even more. And it was simply due to the fact I was now able to function in a range of motion pain-free. My body was once again allowing me work itself even more thanks to this Bio-D product!
That’s what has led me to win my most recent time trial race just a few days ago. And not only did I win my category (like I did just 10 days after the injection) – but I laid down the fastest time of anyone all day- regardless of category! And that’s something I’ve never done before in a 30K time trial. To give you some more perspective on this, I also beat a racer who has competed in domestic pro cycling fields just earlier this year!
To say I’m completely stunned and amazed at what this tiny little injection did for me is beyond words.
As I write this, I’m just a few weeks away from racing at the national level for the first time in my life and I can sincerely say that I feel confident I’ll be able to put up the best possible time I can. God willing, I may possibly even do something truly amazing for a 42 year old that needs a total hip replacement. And it’ll be possible due to the treatment I received from Dr. Brandon Gough- and his willingness to offer me a non-surgical solution.
Thank you again Dr. Gough (and Bio-D)!