I was diagnosed with degenerative joint disease, and was having a lot of pain in my right hip. But at age 56, I thought I was too young for joint replacement. I just kept on doing the things I normally do, and put it off for a few years. But the pain persisted. Often I would be taking 750 mg of ibuprofen three times a day just to make it through the day.
My mind was changed, though, during a trip to Colorado; we were horseback riding, and after only 40 minutes, I was begging them to get me off of the horse. The pain was so intense. I didn’t want to keep missing out on opportunities and experiences like Colorado. After that trip, I knew I had to make a change.
A friend recommended Thomas F. Dominick, MD, from SUN Orthopaedic Group, Inc., to me for the surgery. I was afraid to have the surgery done. I was chicken, afraid of the anesthesia, just frightened of surgery in general. But the Evan staff made me feel so comfortable, and did all they could to ease my fears.
On December 17, 2007, I had hip replacement surgery on my right side. On December 18, I was on my way to recovery. I was more comfortable because I was in my regular clothes, not a hospital gown. It definitely helped me feel more relaxed and more like myself. The encouragement I received was wonderful too. All of the nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, they were all so positive, smiling, laughing and joking all the way. That kind of positive energy just made everyone strive to do better.
They pushed you too, made you do everything for yourself. You got out of bed by yourself, got dressed for yourself, so that when you got home, you were comfortable doing those things in your own home. So when I was home only four days after my surgery, I was ready to get back to my normal life.
Well, almost normal. I was on a horse today for the first time since my surgery. There was no pain. It was just…gone. I’m not taking the ibuprofen every day either. It is truly amazing!
If I had to do it all over again, I would in a heartbeat, but only at Evan’s Joint Replacement Center.