My recent follow-up visit with Dr. Haynes was full of good news and thankfulness – first to GOD and then to Dr. Haynes and his team!
Approximately, six months prior to my surgery on 3/18/15, I began experiencing severe pain in my left hip, thigh and leg so I decided to make an appointment with Dr. Haynes, my orthopedic surgeon. After reviewing my x-rays and results of my blood work (elevated lead levels), Dr. Haynes advised that I undergo surgery to replace the now “recalled” metal on metal hip device that was implanted back in 2006. Having had two previous hip surgeries performed by Dr. Haynes (yes, the left hip in 2006 and the right hip in 2009), I trusted his medical opinion completely. But this time, Dr. Haynes recommended a new procedure – the “Jiffy” hip replacement. He explained that with the “Jiffy,” replacing the hip joint would be through an anterior (front upper thigh) approach and would offer a faster recovery compared to the old approach. For those of us who know Dr. Haynes, he stays on the “cutting edge” of orthopedic advances …and for that I am grateful.
My experience immediately following surgery up to my two week follow-up appointment was really an unexpected, incredible and positive journey. Most notable were the minimal amounts of pain/discomfort experienced post-operatively AND the speed in which I was literally able to get back on my feet. Physical Therapy (PT) had me walking within two hours of me getting back to my hospital room on the day of surgery….again, no pain! After being cleared by PT the following morning, less than 24 hours after surgery, I was on my way home where the true test of “Jiffy” hip would begin. I was not disappointed.
Home PT began immediately and yield great results within a few days. Although pain meds were prescribed, I personally was able to sustain comfort by taking 1-2 pain pills every 24 hours. I graduated from the walker to the cane within the first week and found myself moving around the kitchen “cane-free” at times. The day of my follow-up visit, when the nurse called my name, I was able to get up and walk into Dr. Haynes’ office with the strongest gait and less pain than I have experienced in a long time – pure joy!!!
Having experienced osteoarthritis for the last 10-12 years, I know the impact such pain can have on your quality of life. If you have an opportunity to lessen some of the discomfort by having a “jiffy” hip replacement, I would recommend it –and Dr. Haynes and his team–highly.
Audrey A. Moore