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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

This isn't your father's total hip replacement anymore

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When I was being wheeled into the operating room last week, I was very confident things would go well.

Everyone, I mean everyone I talked to was reassuring. To a person they either had or knew someone who had hip surgery or more than one. Universally, they wished they had undergone the procedure much earlier.

When I was informed Dr. John Konkel would be my surgeon, I immediately did some homework. My Internet research informed that he was no stranger to hip operations. What really won me over was our first face-to-face meeting.

Konkel explained my status, showing me x-rays that indicated cartilage had disappeared causing me extreme pain. We went over my options and he constantly asked me if I had any questions.

I sensed that Konkel was very good and that he possessed sincere empathy.

We got around to talking about post-surgery. Using his index finger and thumb, Konkel demonstrated the size my scar would be. It was but a few inches.

I chuckled in amazement and something to the effect of, “That’s all? As if anybody will see it.”

That’s when Konkel grabbed me by the arm and said, “Oh, no. I want people to see your scar.”

I chuckled again. “Really?”

“Oh, yes. I want them to see what a good job I did on you.”

Konkel stopped by to see me bedside not long after surgery and we joked again about that exchange which included Konkel telling me the surgery would be good for 30 years. Because tremendous strides have been made in this type of surgery, Konkel joked that he could use more customers.

I highly recommend him and a new methodology that hip replacement recipients of 15-30 years ago will probably find unbelievable.

If Konkel needs new customers, he’s his best salesman. After our first meeting, he sent me home with documents, including an article he wrote that should allay any apprehension about hip surgery.

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