Judy's Story

Hip replacement puts patient back in the swim

Patient Stories September 17, 2020
Judy Roberts

Before her hip surgery, Judy Roberts was in a lot of pain.

“I tried to compensate for the pain and so I sat a lot,” she says, “but I couldn’t go on just sitting on the couch.”

Friends recommended she see Mark Schinsky, MD, at Castle Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, who specializes in joint replacement and orthopedic surgery.

“I went to a seminar at Rush Copley on joint replacement and it was the best presentation I have ever heard,” she says. “It answered all my questions and relieved my anxiety for the upcoming operation.”

Judy had total left hip arthroplasty – a surgical procedure to rebuild or replace a joint that has naturally worn, been injured or become weak over time – and calls her quick recovery “quite remarkable. It was an adventure – each step was different but I was able to conquer them all.” The 74-year-old patient soon put away her walker, then her cane.

Today Judy is an avid swimmer. She has high praise for Dr. Schinsky, especially his expertise, knowledge and thoughtfulness. Before her surgery, Judy was concerned about anesthesia, as a bad experience in a previous surgery left her confused and disoriented for days. Dr. Schinsky reassured her that he was aware of what she had reacted to in the past and ordered a different kind of anesthesia for her. “He’s a very caring doctor,” she says.

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