March 20, 2024

Lori Kraus, a fitness enthusiast and dog lover, has always been dedicated to staying active  and  embracing a healthy lifestyle. In her semi-retired life, she found joy in lifting weights, hiking with her dogs, and volunteering at a senior dog rescue. However, as time passed, debilitating right hip pain began to hinder her passion and daily activities. The constant struggle to walk and persistent pain pushed Lori towards seeking a solution that would allow her to maintain an active lifestyle.

Finding Relief

Having already undergone a hip replacement in the left joint with Cecilia Pascual-Garrido, MD, PhD, she sought out the expertise of the trusted hip surgeon once again. She had recovered well from her left hip replacement and gotten back to her regular activity.

From the very first appointment, Lori felt an immediate connection with Dr. Pascual-Garrido. The doctor's understanding and empathy resonated with Lori, as she realized that her concerns and hopes were genuinely heard and respected. Dr. Pascual-Garrido's approach didn't limit Lori's goals; instead, she nurtured a sense of trust and encouraged high expectations for an excellent recovery.

Knowing that she couldn't continue her daily activities and feeling the weight of depression caused by constant limitations, Lori made the decision to undergo her right hip replacement. While not looking forward to another surgery, her commitment to regaining her active life fueled her dedication to recovery. 

Expertly Planned Case

Lori had bilateral hip dysplasia which is a risk factor for osteoarthritis progression. Hip dysplasia is more common in women and presents on both sides 90% of the time. Lori had hip dysplasia that led to advanced arthritis. Like in Lori's case, hip dysplasia is one of the most common reasons female patients will progress to hip osteoarthritis at a young age. Outside of having underlying disease and early onset osteoarthritis, needing both right and left hips replaced isn't common. 

While 70% of hip arthroplasty uses direct anterior approach and navigation system, Lori's case called for a posterior approach since Dr. Pascual-Garrido planned to use a cone type of stem. The implants have evolved greatly over the years and they last a long time. Today, surgeons tend to do hip arthroplasty at a younger age given the durability of the implants. This procedure is predictable with excellent outcomes most of the time and patients return to a normal, happy and active life. Once a patient has recovered, there are no restrictions in their level of activity. Lori can enjoy her high level of activity as she did before she started having hip issues. 

Getting Back to Activity 

Lori's determination was a powerful motivation that carried her through the surgery and beyond. Within just four months, she triumphantly returned to lifting weights, walking her dogs for miles, and resuming her active passions. No longer troubled by depression, she has found comfort and renewed joy in her ability to engage in physical activities that had once become nearly impossible. The positive effects extend beyond herself, bringing happiness to her family and loved ones who now witness her thriving once again.

Dr. Pascual-Garrido played a pivotal role by understanding Lori's goals and giving her hope. The doctor's comprehensive expertise and personalized approach was exactly what Lori needed for her high expectations of returning to a better quality of life.

Now, exercising and being active with her dogs once again is truly a walk in the park. 

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