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May 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 11
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Hip Replacement Surgery is a Prescription for a Return to an Active Lifestyle

April 30 2021 - Whether you are a former athlete or dancer, a weekend sports warrior or an active senior, minor aches and pains are expected. The key is understanding when those aches and pains escalate to the point of affecting your quality of life.
 
For active 66-year-old Marilyn DeMartini, a yogi, personal trainer and journalist with the energy of someone half her age, that understanding came with significant pain in her hip. She procrastinated seeing a doctor, firmly believing that she could work her way through the pain, trying every alternative medicine method, including chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy, all to no avail. DeMartini did not want to have surgery.
 
“If I wanted to continue my very active and athletic lifestyle,” said DeMartini, “I finally realized I had to do something about the debilitating pain in my hip.”  
 
DeMartini made the call to Adam J. Lipman, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, for an appointment. She felt at ease and respected and felt that she was in the right hands for the surgery. She underwent hip replacement surgery at Broward Health North and was discharged the same day. Two weeks later, she was moving with ease, working through minor stiffness and rapidly regaining her flexibility.
 
“My new hip is like a new lease on life,” DeMartini said. “I am indebted to Dr. Lipman for my renewed active lifestyle. Dr. Lipman didn’t just make me bionic, he made me dynamic again. Life without pain is a whole new way of living!”
 
Joint replacement is typically needed due to ongoing wear and tear. Cartilage is worn away and does not regenerate, resulting in painful bone-on-bone friction. 
 
“Anyone who has been active, whether in sports, dance, fitness regimes and more, since childhood and through their adult lives, is certainly susceptible,” said Dr. Lipman. “Over time, joints, such as your hips and knees, deteriorate. Then because of the pain, you may become immobile. That definitely has a negative effect on your quality of life.”
 
Dr. Lipman and his colleagues at Broward Health have seen a decrease in elective surgeries during the pandemic. But now that older patients are getting vaccinated, they will likely be traveling, exercising and attempting to live life to the fullest after being locked down for more than a year.  
 
“Painful joints might be the only thing that slows them down,” said Dr. Lipman. “There is no reason to suffer with debilitating pain, and Marilyn is a prime example of how you can get back to a normal routine relatively quickly.” 
 
As for DeMartini, she is already back to teaching Zoom fitness and yoga classes, and said, “I am so energized by the procedure and progress and grateful for the care I received.”  
 
 
 

 For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit BrowardHealth.org/BHPGOrtho or call 954-302-4900.

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