PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As of last night, 57-year-old Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle had one new hip.

“I have a surgery [Wednesday] morning, that I’ll get the left hip replaced. The right hip, three months after surgery in October, is really good,” said Hurdle.

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That second hip replacement happened today.

“I think most surgeons would advise waiting about three months,” says orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jon Tucker, who is not involved in the Hurdle case. “While a surgeon could theoretically do hip replacements on both sides at the same time, the complication rate is fairly high. It’s better to separate the surgery in time by about three months.”

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In many cases, especially in men who need hip replacements in their 40s and 50s, a preexisting hip condition from their teen years causes arthritis that affects both sides.

The Pirates tweeted that he is expected to do well.

“He’ll probably be a little bit of a veteran, if you would, with respect to the physical therapy,” Dr. Tucker adds. “He’d be able to do a lot of it on his own.”

The best predictor for how someone does with a second hip replacement is how they did with the first. And since no complications came up with the hip done three months ago, smooth sailing is expected with this one.

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