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After severely damaging her hip in a cycling accident while training for a mini triathlon, Adele lost more than her ability to get around. She lost a sense of self.
“Being active is like breathing air for me,” she said at the time as she struggled to walk around her neighborhood, even with the help of two canes. “I feel like I’m 80. I don’t know who this person is.”
Suffering from osteoarthritis, Adele’s injury further intensified her already constant hip pain and relegated her to the confines of her house.
Finally, she decided to meet with the expert caregivers at Sharp HealthCare, who identified her as a candidate for total hip replacement. As the leading hip replacement specialists in San Diego County, Sharp’s orthopedic team performed a muscle sparing anterior total hip replacement procedure that had Adele walking the same day as the surgery.
Now, after working with a Sharp Total Joint Team that included a physical therapist, orthopedic specialist, dietitian and pharmacist, Adele has returned to the active lifestyle she loves. She bikes, she dances and has a new outlook on life.
“I am half a bionic woman. The door of life is open to me,” she says, smiling as she works out on a stationary gym bike. “The fact that I walk now and I’m not in pain is beyond words.”
Although many Americans suffer from chronic hip pain like Adele’s, there is hope for recovery thanks to medical advances in joint replacement surgery.
If you or someone you love is living with hip pain, join Sharp HealthCare at one of two free seminars to learn about the latest treatment options for hip arthritis:
- Monday, February 13, 6 to 8 pm at Sharp Memorial Hospital
- Wednesday, February 15, 6 to 7:30 pm at Sharp Grossmont Hospital
A team of orthopedic specialists including a surgeon, physical therapist and care manager will discuss non-surgical and surgical treatment options, and the role of physical therapy in recovery, followed by a Q&A session. Registration is free but space is limited. Register online at www.sharp.com/hip.
Nationally recognized for excellence in total joint replacement, Sharp HealthCare takes a comprehensive approach to hip treatment, partnering with patients and family members through the duration of their journey, from preparations to recovery. It’s all part of the extraordinary level of care called The Sharp Experience.
Don’t ignore your hip pain. To register for one of Sharp HealthCare’s free seminars, visit www.sharp.com/hip or call 1-800-82-SHARP.