After 36 years of teaching at Porterville High School, Dennis Durbin was
looking forward to enjoying retirement with family and enjoying his favorite
activities. But when he returned to karate, an art he studied for more
than 25 years, the pain in his left hip threw him off balance.
“It was interfering with walking, karate, and I knew it was only
going to get worse. I had to take care of it,” said Dennis.
In December 2016, Jason Mihalcin, D.O., a Visalia orthopedic surgeon, replaced
the 68-year-old’s left hip at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
“I was pleased and surprised I recovered so quickly,” said
Dennis. Less than three months after his hip replacement, Dennis was cleared
to return to his dōjō to resume karate.
“My hip replacement went very well. I’m as happy as I can be
about it,” Dennis said.