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!