In early 2010 I started having left hip pain from “bone-on-bone” osteoarthritis. It deteriorated until I was barely able to walk with a cane. Prior to this I had been very active – swimming, roller skating, dancing, walking, hiking. I was referred to an orthopedic surgeon for a left hip replacement. I was up walking with a walker the same day as the surgery and within days was able to walk without even a cane. After my rehab, I am able to do whatever activity I like and am once again swimming, skating, dancing, walking and hiking. I was able to complete a Citizens Fire Academy class that included gearing up in full firefighter gear and putting out a controlled fire. I went to Disneyland and walked 20,000 steps in a day, and have been taking dance classes for the past 5 years. Orthopaedic care gave me my life back!

My treatment and recovery

I had an anterior left hip replacement. I was up and walking with a walker the same day. Within a few days of the surgery I was able to walk without a cane, something I was unable to do before the surgery. Rehab helped me regain full use of my new hip and return to the activities I used to do before my hip arthritis pain stopped me – swimming, roller skating, dancing, walking, hiking. And I’m still doing them 8 years later!

Tip

Go for it! And follow your doctor(s) and therapist(s) directions to the letter. There will be some pain to work through, but it is so worth it for the end result.

My Second First

Because of my orthopaedic care, I can walk all around Disneyland and California Adventure - both in the same day and I can be a Citizen Firefighter!

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