“I returned home just one night after my total hip replacement.”
At 48-years-old, Joe Ceresi is younger than the average Geisinger joint replacement patient, but years of competitive and recreational running had worn out his hip joint. Joe was certain hip replacement surgery was the best option to maintain his quality of life.
“My bones were rubbing together and I was in a lot of pain,” he explained. “I tried therapy but I had so much damage, surgery was really the only choice I could make.”
A resident of West Pittson, Joe had traveled to Pittsburgh for a different hip surgery in 2001. But hip pain returned, and this time, he chose Geisinger Orthopaedic Surgeon David Kolessar, MD, FAAOS – a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon from the Mayo Clinic – and the comprehensive program at Geisinger Wyoming Valley for his total hip replacement.
“I started to research physicians from all over the country and found that Dr. Kolessar had a great track record and performs around 250 replacement surgeries every year,” Joe said. “Then I spoke to some physical therapists and they told me Dr. Kolessar’s patients typically had a lot of success after surgery.”
After an examination to determine that Joe would indeed benefit from replacement surgery, Dr. Kolessar explained to Joe that because of his young age, there is a chance that he may need to have a revision surgery years down the road. Joe was undeterred, knowing that the replacement would alleviate his pain and help him regain his mobility.
Three weeks prior to surgery, Joe attended Geisinger’s total joint education class, where he was assigned preoperative exercises to prepare him for rehabilitation and given a booklet of information about what to expect during and after his hospital stay. He was also instructed to take certain vitamins to help build his blood count before surgery.
Joe’s “mini” hip replacement required just a four inch incision – significantly smaller than the eight-to-ten inch incision used for traditional hip replacements. Also, Blood Conservation methods were used so that a blood transfusion was not necessary.
“The small incision helps reduce soft tissue trauma and blood loss, as well as the risk of complications during and after the procedure,” said Dr. Kolessar. “The joint replacement program is designed to improve patient safety, shorten recovery time and restore normal function and quality of life”
After surgery, Joe was out of bed and walking the same day. Joe’s surgical outcome was very good – and because he is young and physically fit – he returned home after just one night in the hospital. Most Geisinger patients go home in two or three days – outstanding compared to week-long hospital stays following traditional hip replacement surgery at other institutions.
Today, Joe has “zero pain,” and stays active biking over 20 miles each week and swimming at the YMCA.
To schedule an appointment to discuss if joint replacement is the right option for you, call Dr.David Kolessar or William Krywicki,MD, at 1-800-921-1467.