Rose's Story

Hip replacement works ‘like magic’

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Rose Grumbine, hip replacement patient

Hip pain prevented Rose Grumbine from the gardening she enjoyed. But Rose wasn’t ready to give up her gardens.

After hip replacement surgery, she was happy to discover that she could garden again — without pain. 

To show her gratitude, Rose sent this note to Mark F. Schinsky, MD, the orthopedic surgeon from Castle Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, who performed her surgery.

“It was a beautiful weekend to work in the garden, and I got so much accomplished. I tried to limit myself so I didn't aggravate my bionic hip. My hamstrings, glutes, and quads now have that hard work soreness from bending and standing. My hands ache a little from pulling all those darned dandelions. 

“But the magic hip? Not even a little peep of protest. Thank you, thank you, thank you from a grateful patient.”

“I was just so grateful that weekend,” Rose says. “I’m grateful every day.” 

Before her surgery, the 55-year-old nurse found a lot of things difficult. 

“No matter what I did, my hip didn’t take to it,” she says. 

Physical therapy helped for a while, but as her hip became “more problematic,” she struggled walking. Working in senior care at the time, she says, “It was disheartening to see older folks walking faster than me.” 

Rose had hip replacement surgery as an outpatient at Rush Copley Medical Center and was discharged the same day. She is so pleased with the results of her surgery that she now refers to her hip as her “magic hip” or “bionic hip,” explaining, “It feels like magic to not hurt.” She is grateful to be able to do things that she previously thought twice about doing.

“I feel so much better,” she says. “Everything works better. On to training for hiking and fishing in Alaska!”

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