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Patient Story: Mary from Zephyr Cove, NV
- Name: Mary
- Location: Zephyr Cove, NV
- Replacement Type: Hip (Left), Hip (Right)
- Hobbies/Activities: Walking, Biking, Dancing,
"I Can Walk, Hike and Dance Again"
I really waited too long before having joint replacement surgery. I was at the point that I wasn't able to walk without pain.I would go to the grocery store and I would always get the cart because I could rest my upper body on the cart and take weight off my hip joints. I couldn't make it through a big store like Wal-Mart or Home Depot without searching for a place to sit down. The last straw was at the casino when my husband wandered off and I couldn't find him or have the strength to even search for him. I felt trapped and vulnerable.
I couldn't walk without pain. My chiropractor told me that I was not responding to his treatments like I should. He sent me to the hospital for x-rays. The x-rays showed bone on bone contact and arthritis in both hips. I knew it would not get any better without some kind of medical intervention. I went to a seminar at the hospital and heard their information on joint replacement, I knew I needed to move ahead with surgery.
Joint replacement changed my life, I can move again. I can walk, hike and dance again. I have my life back, I can do the things I want. I love to travel and I was not able to do that before the surgery, now I can.
I know there's nothing as good as the joint you were born with; until that joint doesn't work the way it should anymore. I thought, at this point, I can go on living in pain and not being able to have the life I want or I can have the joint replaced and gain strength again. Now, I live the life I really wanted.