Karen Reynolds Talks About Her New Hip

Karen Reynolds, a retired science educator, shows a model of her new hip

Karen Reynolds, a retired science educator, shows a model of her new hip

“I’m a New Person,” says Karen Reynolds.

Mendocino resident Karen Reynolds recently underwent the new minimally invasive anterior hip replacement operation performed by Jack Bellah, M.D. at Mendocino Coast Hospital. Here’s her description of the March 2010 surgery and aftermath.

Off the top of my head — I’m a new person! Pain-free, more energy, standing up straight, on my way to regaining the mobility of yesteryear.

One new friend said she didn’t know I was that tall. Others are surprised at how quickly I was able to rejoin group activities and that I was not in pain.

Two things impressed me most:

First were the very positive reactions by other people who have had hip replacements, or know such people, and by nurses and physical therapists who have worked with hip replacement patients. I’m one of the first local “anterior” patients, and they were delighted to see walking confirmation of the reported reduced discomfort and faster recovery rate.

Second was the whole professional team spirit I felt at MCDH. Besides the experienced surgeon (Dr. Bellah) and the enabling equipment (the Tilting Table) my positive experience is the result of preparatory information, a competent team in the operating room, post-surgery in-hospital care, follow-up home visits, outpatient therapy, and probably behind-the-scenes dynamics unknown to me.
All the many individuals related to my case contributed to the total picture that is of me, now set up for a brighter, more functional future.

I’m glad to have MCDH so close to home, especially since I will be visiting again with my other hip fairly soon.

 

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