Scottsdale cyclist wins national trophy months after hip surgery

Trophy winner and Scottsdale resident in the middle, Karl Baumgart. (Submitted photo)

Trophy winner and Scottsdale resident in the middle, Karl Baumgart. (Submitted photo)

Karl Baumgart, a 43-year-old Scottsdale resident, is a relative newcomer to the world of competitive cycling, only having his USAC racing license since May of 2013.

In just over two years, Mr. Baumgart has logged nearly 100 races, including big stage races such as Valley of the Sun, Arizona State Time Trial Championships, and USA Masters National Time Trial Championships.

His most recent and biggest success yet, however, was becoming a National champion by winning a gold medal, four silver medals, and the “Best All Around Rider” award at the 2015 USA Masters Track National Championship – just 10 months after a major hip replacement due to a chronic overuse injury, according to a press release.

Karl Baumgart. (Submitted photo)

Karl Baumgart. (Submitted photo)

Shocking? Yes. Admirable? An even bigger yes.

Mr. Baumgart’s inner-drive, combined with an innovative medical procedure performed by Brandon Gough, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at Phoenix’s Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, is what put Mr. Baumgart back in the saddle just two short weeks after surgery.

Dr. Gough has extensive experience in hip and knee replacement surgery using micro-invasive surgical approaches as well as robotic surgery.

“The day after Mr. Baumgart won the Arizona State Team Time Trial Championship, Karl entered my operating room for a hip replacement,” stated Dr. Gough in the release. “This, however, just wasn’t any hip replacement; at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute, we pride ourselves in being one of the few practices in Arizona that offers the direct superior surgical hip approach.”

With this approach, Dr. Gough makes one small incision in the hip, which allows for adequate visualization and the proper placement of surgical components, stated the release. In other words, the entire hip replacement leaves muscles and tendons undamaged, and the hip’s natural alignment intact.

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