He has twice been Mr Universe and has played the tough guy in a variety of action movies, but when Mike Mitchell was floored by a hip injury it was Birmingham surgeon Derek McMinn who came to the rescue.
Fifty-six-year-old fitness icon ‘Iron Mike’, who appeared as a stuntman and action fighter in smash hit films Braveheart and Gladiator, had been suffering from severe osteoarthritis in his left hip but, true to his tough-guy image, had carried on regardless.
However, when he took a nasty fall while out on his yacht he found himself almost unable to walk and in danger of missing out on a new film he had just agreed to appear in.
As Mike contemplated surgery and a one year lay-off, he heard about Derek McMinn the inventor of the world-famous Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) treatment. From then on Mike’s story was heading towards a very happy ending.
“I was told a hip replacement would lay me up for at least a year so when I heard about the work done by Mr McMinn I just had to get in touch with him. The result of the operation was unbelievable – I was active and exercising within a month and back sailing a month after that,” he explained.
Mike, who has also held the World Fitness Champion title five times, had his operation at BMI Edgbaston Hospital where he met up with Mr McMinn, the inventor of BHR.
He explained: “My whole life has been about finding the best. When I trained for Mr Universe I found the best trainer and the best nutritionist. When I knew I needed an operation I only wanted to deal with the best and in Mr McMinn I found a real world leader in the field.”