Edith Perman-Allen has traveled widely—from the Arctic to the Antarctic—and many places in between. She has studied the unusual environment of the Galapagos and climbed the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru. She is involved with numerous volunteer activities, having been one of the founders of the Well-Spouse Foundation—an organization of spousal caregivers. She is president of a Parkinson's support group—a role she took on while caring for her first husband who had the disease. For more than 40 years, she has been transcribing music and English into Braille. She has raised three children and now enjoys the company of six grandchildren.
She has accomplished all this and more with two prosthetic hip joints, replaced by Philip D. Wilson, Jr., MD, more than 20 years ago—one in 1981 and a second in 1983.
"At the time, we didn't know the prognosis," recalls Mrs. Perman-Allen, a member of the Wilson Society. "I knew that it was difficult to predict how long the implants would last, especially in someone like myself, who is always on the go."
"Implant loosening can be a serious problem for patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery, especially in those who are younger and very active," says Dr. Wilson. "The Hospital has a major focus on pursuing methods for enhancing implant durability - refining designs and testing new materials - in order to extend the life of the prosthetic joint and improve quality of life for patients."