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A Plan to End Hip Pain

“I can’t say how impressed with how smoothly everything went,” he says. “I couldn’t believe how fast the pain went away.”

Randy, an avid gardener, coin collector and woodworker, was having severe pain in his hip when he would walk around. When he would go to the junkyard to remove and carry home the used parts he markets online, the pain was unbearable.

At first, he thought he might have developed arthritis in his hip. He had surgery 3 years earlier on his hip after a fracture. Doctors at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital x-rayed his hip and told him that the joint was worn out.

His concerns

Consulting with orthopedic surgeon C. Dustin Bechtold, Randy decided that a hip replacement would be a good option. But he was concerned that his other medical conditions might complicate the procedure and he had watched his mother suffer from a hip replacement surgery 25 years earlier that hadn’t worked out well.

“She had to take pills for the rest of her life for the pain,” Randy said. “I didn’t want things to end up that way.”

Dr. Bechtold didn’t push him toward surgery, but simply explained how the artificial ball and socket was designed and how the operation would work, Randy said. After the appointment, he knew it was the right decision.

Randy attended the pre-surgical classes at the Center for Joint Success, where he had a chance to ask about the different medications he needs to take and how to handle the fact that he would need to go to dialysis the day after his surgery.

Fully prepared

When he went in for the procedure to replace the failing joint, both Randy and the Sanford medical team had a plan in place. The surgery and his recuperation afterward went smoothly.

“I was out of the hospital in three days. In ten days, I wasn’t feeling any more pain,” Randy says. “I’m at a point where everything is working as good as it can be.”

With his hip problems solved, Randy is now awaiting a kidney for transplant. Walking around his house, he shows visitors the raised garden beds he constructed in his home workshop. This summer he’ll be taking on a new project, growing vegetables with a raised, irrigated system in his backyard.

“I can walk and move around and it doesn’t hurt anymore,” Randy said. “You can’t put a price on that.”

Posted Date: May 2012