Even for Nick Saban, hip replacement surgery requires a few concessions — but very few.
“I couldn’t drive myself to work this morning,” Saban said in a telephone interview from his office on Wednesday morning. “Cedric (Burns) came and got me at home.
“Terry was glad to see him, I’ll put it that way,” he added with a laugh.
Saban returned to work less than 48 hours after hip surgery that was performed by hip specialist Dr. Benton Emblom and Dr. Lyle Cain’s team at Andrews Sports Medicine in Birmingham on Monday afternoon, although he still has some restrictions as he begins rehabilitation.
“I had one day on the walker,” he said. “Now I’m on the cane. I’ll probably throw that (SOB) away tomorrow.
“Right now, they have me doing 10 different isometric exercises four times a day. We will continue that for three or four days and go from there.”
With access to a world-class training facility, weight room, athletic training staff and strength and conditioning coaches just steps from his office door, Saban said he hopes for a speedy recovery.
“I think in two weeks, I will be 100 percent,” he said. “They won’t let me play golf for six weeks for some reason, but I am going to try and get that reduced.”
Saban said the procedure was “nothing like (the hip replacements) they did in the past.”
“I went into the hospital on Monday at 3 o’clock,” he said. “I scheduled it in the afternoon because I wanted to play 18 holes (of golf) before I went in. So I played 18 in the morning, flew back from Florida and checked in.
“It’s a much less invasive procedure than it used to be. But the doctors told me (my hip) was bone-on-bone, that there was basically no cartilage left.
“I spent one night in the hospital, was home the next day and got some rest and came in today. I’ve got a lot of work to do.”
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Saban is still on some travel restrictions and will be unable to attend the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville on Thursday. Burton Burns will be on hand to represent UA at the event.
“They don’t want me to fly or to be in the car for three or four hours,” he said. “The next three or four days are important so I don’t have a setback.”
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