Driver Tim Tetrick told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that while he is still in some pain following surgery two days ago to replace his left hip, the operation was successful and he hopes to return to the sulky in early February.
Because of a degenerative hip condition that resulted in him limping and in constant pain, Tetrick had his right hip replaced in December 2008 and originally planned to have the left hip done in late 2009. The surgery five years ago went well enough that Tetrick delayed the second procedure until now, which was done Tuesday at Rubina Medical Center in Bensalem, Pa. After spending the night in the hospital, Tetrick returned home on Wednesday.
"I'm OK; so far so good,” said Tetrick, who turned 32 on Nov. 22. "I'm hoping to get back right after the Super Bowl (Feb. 2). Last time was 37 days, but now we'll just see how it goes.
"I'm just really sore, stiff and bruised up. I don't know if the last one was just exceptional, but this surgery didn't go as well as the first. But I'm getting better.”
Tetrick's last drives came at Harrah's Philadelphia on Monday, Dec. 16. He finished the year with 582 victories, currently ranking him fifth in North America. With earnings of $16,164,822, he is assured of capturing his seventh consecutive money title. Tetrick's career purse earnings of $140,804,214 place him seventh on the all-time list.