For many people, Friday the 13th is a day often associated with bad luck and superstition. But for ProMedica employee Roberta Fair, Friday, February 13, 2015 was a rather fortunate day. After experiencing pain in her hip for nearly six years, Roberta decided to have total hip replacement surgery at ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital.
“It turned out that I had developmental dysplasia, which meant that my hip had never developed properly as a child. This is what caused the early arthritis and sharp pain when I walked,” Roberta explains. “The pain worsened to the point that even the thought of walking any distance was crippling.”
Roberta has to do a lot of walking as a Medical Records clerk at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, a position she has had since 2013. She picks up charts at 38 different locations throughout the hospital and is on her feet often, sometimes several hours a night. She estimates that she walks two miles per shift.
Prior to the procedure, Roberta recalls feeling a sharp pain that would radiate into the groin, down her leg, and even as far as her knee and ankle. Stairs were especially difficult to maneuver, and lifting her leg into her car at the end of each work shift was a task in itself.
“Before surgery, the cart I push to collect charts doubled as a walker,” Roberta recalls.
Making the Call
At the recommendation of a friend, Roberta reached out to Dr. Karl Beer’s staff at ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital for a hip consultation. After weighing her options, she decided to have the minimally invasive hip replacement surgery.
Dr. Beer met with Roberta to go over the procedure and answer her questions. He told her that the incision with be small, about 4 inches long, and that she could go home the next day. It would take about eight weeks for her to heal and go back to work.
“One of the reasons I went with this option is because it speeds up the recovery process and reduces pain,” Roberta explains. “And it didn’t involve any therapy sessions outside of the home, which was very convenient.”
Living 100 Percent
It’s almost six months post Roberta’s hip procedure and she has a new perspective on how to deal with pain.
“I almost can’t remember how bad it was because it feels so good now,” she says. “Still, I see a lot of other people suffering and I try to be an encouragement for them. If they are feeling pain, I say, ‘Call the doctor now, don’t put it off. Why suffer when you don’t have to?’”
And as for her job duties at ProMedica Toledo Hospital?
“The best news is that chart pick up is now a breeze since I am totally pain free,” Roberta says. “I can collect those charts as fast as co-workers who are half my age!”
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