Karen Levy – Direct Anterior (Jiffy) Hip Replacement

My name is Karen Levy and I am 66 years old.

I had pain in my left hip for about 2 years.  Based on the description of my symptoms, my Primary Care Physician sent me to an Orthopaedic Specialist.  He treated me for bursitis, gave me a cortisone injection in my hip bursa and sent me to Physical Therapy.  None of that treatment worked and the pain persisted.

I had seen Dr. Jeffrey Carlson at OSC before and loved him.  I made an appointment with him to get an opinion on my pain and what might be wrong.  He ordered an MRI.  During my follow-up visit, he said my back was fine and that I needed to see someone for my hip, as I did not have any cartilage left in my hip joint.  Dr. Carlson walked me down the hall to see his partner, Dr. John Burrow.

Dr. Burrow suggested getting a cortisone injection directly into my hip joint to see if that would help the pain and confirm my diagnosis. Now, my hip pain was not the typical ache that people who usually need a hip replacement describe.  My pain was more like hip bursitis pain, and was higher up and to the side, not groin pain that is so typical for most people.  I had an injection in the procedure room and it helped relieve the pain for a while.  But, it came back, worse than before.

Dr. Burrow recommended anterior hip replacement surgery for me.   I had the surgery and after the surgery, I did great.   I had PT at home for two weeks and then continued PT at an outpatient clinic for another few weeks.  The difference in my pain was like Night and Day, the relief was so great.  A 26 year-old would have had a hard time keeping up with me!

Dr. Burrow is tops in my book.  He is kind and he listens to what I say.  Professional, yet very caring at the same time.

Karen Levy

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