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Learning about other people’s experiences may help ease your mind when deciding whether the time is right for you to prioritize your health. Explore stories from patients who have chosen to prioritize their healthcare during the time of COVID-19.
Stefanie – Meniscus Repair
Stefanie tore both her meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. After delaying treatment for two whole weeks because of COVID-19, Stefanie finally moved forward with a meniscus repair.
Don – Cataract Surgery
Don needed cataract surgery to correct his eyesight, which was declining due to age. Although COVID-19 delayed his surgery, he rescheduled his treatment and now enjoys a “whole new world of color and clarity.”*
* As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. Your doctor will determine if you are a good candidate for lens replacement. Complications with cataract surgery are rare and may include the worsening of your vision, bleeding, or infection. Call your eye doctor right away if you experience any itching, pain, flashing lights, “floaters”, redness, severe headache, upset stomach, light sensitivity, or watery eyes after surgery.
Max – ACL Repair
Twelve-year-old Max tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) playing lacrosse. Working with his family and doctors to address his injury amid COVID-19 challenges, Max had surgery so he could recover during quarantine and return to the field soon.
Michelle – First Pregnancy
Your first pregnancy can be filled with moments of uncertainty. Having a baby during a pandemic? Stressful. For Michelle, confidence came with regularly attending doctor’s appointments throughout her pregnancy — safeguarding the health of both Michelle and her baby.
Deardra – Hormone Replacement Therapy
Feeling like your best, healthiest self is important, even during a pandemic. When Deardra visited her doctor to discuss her menopause symptoms, he was able to provide her with treatment for a hormonal imbalance. Now her days are better, and she continues to attend doctor’s appointments to stay feeling her best.
Terry – Hip Replacement
Hip pain can be excruciating. During the pandemic, Terry’s hip pain made it difficult to even walk. With encouragement from her daughter, Angela, Terry decided to prioritize her health and scheduled hip surgery as soon as her doctor’s office reopened.*
*As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if hip replacement is right for you.
Elisa – Mammogram
After finding a lump in her breast, Elisa sought medical attention — a critically important choice even during a pandemic. She reached out to her primary care physician for a telehealth appointment, then an in-person mammogram and a diagnostic ultrasound. She received results the same day and felt “safer at the appointment than she does in the supermarket.”
Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies Elective Surgery Survey. Accessed August 4, 2020. About the Survey: This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of DePuy Synthes from July 9-13, 2020 among 2,016 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. (CLICK TO PDF)
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