Rachel Becka, Virginia Beach, VA – Hip surgery
Thanks to Dr. Robert Buly, my theme this year is "I will because I can". I had my original hip replacement for my 40th birthday. I have RA which was activated when I gave a very difficult birth to my son. Because I was trying to get pregnant again, I was on prednizone for 3 years which caused damage to my hip. I had my first revision surgery in 2001 because of a defect in the plastic cup. I had another revision in September, 2008 which left me with nerve damage in my leg. It took 6 months of intensive physical therapy to get side-laying leg extension.
In June 2009, my hip dislocated 3 times in 8 days, not because of me exceeding 90 degrees, but because the ligaments never reattached. My doctor put in a locking hip in June 2009, at which time I apparently got an infection in the hip. The infection was not detected until July 30th, 2010 because of Enbrel. My doctor then operated and left a 15-inch open wound to the prosthetic because he felt the stem had been in my femur for so long he would have to break the femur to get it out and I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. I lived with a woundvac "Fred" for 7 months and a pic line with IV antibotics. In December 2010, the infection was back at which time my doctor told me there was nothing more he could do for me.
I was having dinner with a friend who is a doctor when he suggested HSS. He made a phone call to another ortho doctor in the area and recommended Dr. Buly. Dr. Buly felt certain he could get the stem out and he did. He put in an antibiotic spacer on March 1st and went back in on May 17th for a full replacement. Everyone at HSS was wonderful and better than any hospital I have ever been in. Thanks to Dr. Buly I have begun tennis again, just got back from 11 days in the Bahamas and plan to visit Italy in June. Why? Because I can.
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