What knee-replacement patients can learn from Billie Jean King
During the 1970s, tennis star Billie Jean King was a shining star both on and off the tennis court. King won 39 Grand slam titles, including 20 at Wimbledon, and was a leading activist for social change and gender equality. One battle that King struggled to win for years was against her debilitating knee pain.
Today, double-knee implants have changed King’s life and she is back playing tennis again at age 67.
Double-knee replacement surgery was King’s eighth knee operation since her first at age 23 when she was No. 1 in the world. […]
“I had a total hip replacement Dec. 3, 2012, and I was on the dance floor Dec. 31st – New Year’s Eve,” said Margaret Blighton, 66, of Batavia. “I wore flats rather than 3 inch heels, but I was a-dancing!”
Prior to her surgery, Margaret endured good-natured teasing from friends about the way she limped like an elderly person. The pain radiated in her groin and low back, and she put up with it for five or six years. An avid walker and golfer, Margaret became more and more limited until finally, she gave up on both activities.
May 31, 2013
To Future Fellow Hip Replacement Patients – If I Can Do It – You Can!
It has been seven months since my hip replacement! This time last year I was just beginning to make appointments with orthopedic surgeons because my hip pain was becoming debilitating. No more long walks – actually short walks either! I DREDED it and kept thinking that maybe with more leafy green salads, salmon, beta carotene-whatever-it would get better…but nooo!
I had read about a medical company several months earlier that created hip/knee joints for a new operating procedure – never knowing I would be checking […]
Willowbrook Man Back to Work After Direct Anterior Approach Hip Surgery
WILLOWBROOK, IL — May 8, 2012
Immediately after orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Louis performed Direct Anterior Approach hip replacement surgery on Gregory Kozak, 57, of Willowbrook, he was able to walk comfortably. Within a month, he was back to work in a 100,000 square foot machine shop, where he’s on his feet most of the day enjoying his work as a maintenance technician.
“I’m a self-proclaimed workaholic,” Gregory explains, “and my hip was shot before the surgery. I’d just put too much strain on it over the years. The pain was […]
Jane Brody, the Times’s Personal Health columnist, recently reported on less invasive techniques for hip replacement that reduce complications and speed recovery. Dr. Patrick A. Meere, an orthopedic surgeon at New York University who specializes in hip and knee arthritis surgery, joined the Consults blog to answer reader questions. Here, Dr. Meere responds to several readers who asked about hip replacement versus hip resurfacing. In addition, see Dr. Meere’s many responses in the Comments section of “Improving on the Hip Replacement”; additional responses will […]