San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus has faced many things in his more than 36 years in law enforcement. From gun-toting suspects and vicious disturbances to foot-chasing fugitives, but he has never faced a knife. In fact, he has never faced a “scalpel” in the hands of a surgeon to undergo hip surgery.
Chief McManus is a former Villanova University football player and an exercise enthusiast. His long and eventful police career itself is very taxing on one’s body. This coupled with an old football injury left his right hip in need of hip replacement surgery. After delaying it for several years, it was time.
“This was one of the most unnerving experiences of my life,” Chief McManus said. “But it was something I had delayed long enough and now I had to do.”
He underwent surgery on June 11, 2012 and three days later he was released from the hospital. Seven days later he was back at work -- first working from home and slowly beginning his transition back to the office.
Nowadays, he is back at work in the office with the assistance of a cane, but not for long. He continues his grueling physical therapy four to five times a week and the prognosis is he will be able to ditch the cane soon.
Welcome back Chief McManus!