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Patient Story: Judy from San Marcos, CA
- Name: Judy
- Location: San Marcos, CA
- Replacement Type: Knee (Left)
- Hobbies/Activities: Walking
"I Walk With Confidence"
Before surgery, trying to walk was very difficult, unless I wrapped the leg very tight. I was extremely limited in getting around. As a young senior with no family in my state to help me, I had to do a lot of things in extreme pain (with no relief in sight). Once surgery was offered, my doctor still tried Physical Therapy to see if that would relieve some of the pain. There was no relief. I also consulted two surgeons and was very pleased to get a clear understanding that this could give me my life back. I can walk and feel like I have more safety with my life.
When wrapping, my leg did not resolve the excruciating pain I endured/physical therapy hurt even more, I could not do it any longer. I have a very high tolerance for pain with a history of low blood pressure. Eventually the pain was so extreme and my blood pressure was so high, it was frightening, I found myself going to the hospital to get strong pain medications to help me until I could get surgery. I could not take it anymore. I had lost so much sleep and trying to take care of myself was devastating. I needed my life back and surgery was offering it.
After surgery, I am seeing life changing results and I like it a lot. I have lost some weight to help the leg heal better and it is great because the walking is so pleasurable. I feel safer without the thought of the leg giving out on me. I am standing tall and straight, my neighbors are amazed with what the replacement has done for my life. I feel younger and excited as I adapt to the joy of walking and living with relief. I even work out at the gym in my apartment building using exercise bikes and power walking. I feel like I have a new lease on life and it’s exciting. I look forward to doing more with my life. I walk with confidence and that was worth it.
One of the most important things I learned was that surgery is unique to every person. By comparing myself to others probably gave me more anxiety than I needed. One of my Physical Therapists taught me to protect my ears from negative stories surrounding other people’s surgeries. I had to focus and listen to the wonderful people who were taking care of me and assisting me in this new adventure in life. Once I did this, I no longer compared my healing and it became very liberating to watch and assist in the process. Joint replacement gave me a better life than I could have ever hoped for. Thank You!