As an active elementary school teacher, the long term pain Kerry experienced in her hip (following a skiing injury several years earlier) made pursuing her athletic and endurance interests increasingly difficult. After having undergone an initial corrective surgery, it was found that more was needed to correct the effects of bone on bone and arthritic deterioration of the hip joint.
Kerry met with five orthopedic practices before setting up an appointment with Proliance Orthopedic Associates, where she and Dr. Barrett were able to discuss her long-term athletic goals and focus on a solution to her current mobility issues. Together, they decided that a Total Hip Replacement with Anterior Approach was the best option for a timely recovery and long-term joint health.
When interviewed about her experience, Kerry was able to share some wonderful insight on the impact of having had a hip replacement at what would typically be considered an “earlier” stage of life:
Q: Can you describe the experience of having the surgery? What was it like (pre-op, post-op)?
A:It was incredibly helpful to have been so informed about what the surgery experience was going to look like, both on the day itself and the recovery that would follow. I felt like the pre-op team was incredible, including Dr. Barrett’s nurse, the intake team, etc. Everyone was extremely well organized which really helped to establish confidence in the team and the surgery itself. Additionally, I really appreciated Dr. Barrett’s use of the reminder app because it provided me with the right amount of information to feel empowered and knowledgeable without feeling overwhelmed.
My post-op experience was fantastic as well; Dr. Barrett made sure to personally visit with her and the nursing staff was very attentive. Additionally, upon returning home, the phone app again proved to be incredibly useful in saving me longer trips back to the office for questions I had. I was able to send pictures of the healing progression if I had questions and Dr. Barrett’s office promptly responded. The same interaction took place for any questions I had regarding medications.
Q: How has the surgery affected your life?
A: Almost immediately following the surgery, there were noticeable changes. I was up and walking very quickly and only used the walker for the first couple of days. By the end of the week, I was using only one crutch, walking about 30 minutes twice a day. I was able to stop taking the pain medications after about one week and the swelling was really manageable. After about 4 weeks, I was cleared to drive. By 8 weeks, I was hiking with some decent elevation on mixed terrain. By 3 months, I was hiking with a backpack and then biking on an inner-urban trail. By 4 months, I was hiking with even more elevation and by 5 months, I was hiking within snow and ice, with both a backpack and elevation. By 6 months, I was backcountry skiing and now, about 10 months out, I’m getting back into full-on mountain biking! Additionally, in April I did a surf and yoga retreat and my hip did great. I’m now training for a high-altitude climb!
Q: How has your experience been with Dr. Barrett?
A: I felt super confident with Dr. Barrett leading the surgical experience. He was super knowledgeable and advocated for the longer-term benefits of taking this less traditional route for someone of my age. He had excellent bedside manner and was very responsive throughout the recovery journey. Any questions I had were answered patiently and thoroughly.
Q: How was your experience with the clinic staff?
A: I felt like the clinic staff were incredibly helpful, with everything from providing directions to answering the more monotonous pieces regarding insurance claims, etc. Additionally, the front desk staff at Valley Medical were really helpful and, for a smaller hospital outside of the middle of Seattle, were so well organized and attentive.
Q: Would you recommend Proliance Orthopedic Associates to others?
A: I would absolutely recommend POA to others. In retrospect, I honestly wish I had pursued this surgery sooner, but I also understand the importance of having gone through the experience, as well as fully informing myself regarding what was ahead and what sort of long-term expectations I should adopt. I am so incredibly grateful to Dr. Barrett and his team for walking me through this process, for helping me to get back into the game, and allowing me to live the active life I want! Many thanks to the entire team!