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Published on September 24, 2013

Suzanne Krall & Total Hip Replacement


Suzanne Krall
Patient: Suzanne Krall, Germantown, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

Service: Total Hip Replacement

Doctor: Sridhar Durbhakula, MD

Suzanne Krall, 49, of Germantown, Md. had been dealing with joint pain for more than two years. She turned down invitations with friends because walking was too painful. She felt she was a cripple. Then she met Sridhar Durbhakula, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

"I had my right hip done first," recounts Krall. "Even though it was in better shape, it was more painful."

Two weeks later, Dr. Durbhakula replaced her left hip, as well.

"We used the Hana table for Suzanne's surgery because it allows us to replace the hip without cutting any muscle," explains Dr. Durbhakula.

"That allowed Suzanne to get back on her feet faster and with less pain." Ten weeks after surgery, Suzanne feels great and is walking every where. "The amazing part of my life has come back."

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When you’re a crazy dog lady like me and you have 6 dogs, they’re constantly vying for attention, and they really don’t like it when you’re sedentary. My joint pain actually started about two and a half, three years ago. I was crippled and you know people would ask do you want to go here, you want to go there? And I was if it involves walking no, I don’t. It was too painful. And I was eating Ibuprofen.

When I was told that I would need a new hip being 49 years old the first thing that came out was well you're awfully young and I’m thinking I'm 49 years old it's not awfully young, but I said here's the trump card: I want quality of life. My quality of life has shrunk to nothing. I had my right hip done first. It was actually in better shape than my left hip but it was more painful, and now that I had my right hip done now my left hip is starting to say pick me now. So I'm really ready to have that one done. Just to be able to walk is something that I took for granted for so many years. Until it’s taken away from you you just have no idea how it affects your life. I felt like a prisoner. Once we had the diagnosis I said let’s just take care of it because I didn’t want to live this way anymore.

As a surgeon our job is to meet with the patient, understand their needs, understand how bad they’re suffering from their arthritis, whether it's pain or loss of function. It's important for us to really understand our patients and what they can and can't do. Suzanne and I met for a few times it was very clear to me she was a highly motivated person. She was strong, she had good support unit at home, and she was relatively healthy, so I knew Suzanne would be a super star. I just didn't realize how much of a superstar she would be.

When I first went in to the operating suite and I saw what they're calling a table I was completely surprised because everything ambulates, and I didn't see how I was going to be in this contraption, but I didn't have to worry about that for very long because the anesthesiologist put me right to rest.

On a table is the table we’ve developed for hip replacements where they're able to do a hip replacement through the front approach of the hip, and what that does is you're not cutting any muscle. Also, it’s an x-ray based table, meaning that you can use x-ray guidance or even computer navigation, so you’re getting very precise implant positioning, and that allows the patient to get up and moving a lot faster with a lot more confidence, and a lot less pain.

Well I had my surgery yesterday, so we're starting occupational therapy and then we’ll go into physical therapy today. Five o'clock they had me up and awake and getting ready jumping out of bed.

As a rehab unit our patients are going to get up, they're going to get dressed, and they will be walking in hallways the day after surgery, and they need to understand that for a successful recovery getting up and moving is vital. They’re told that the first day is rough. They’re told it’s going to hurt, but you’ve got to just try to bite the bullet and get better because by that afternoon they start seeing improvement. We have come so far in total joint replacement. I truly can't wait to see how much farther we go.

I have two new hips. I feel great. I’ve been walking around doing outdoor activities all over the place that I haven’t been able to do in a couple years. It’s been wonderful. I can leap, I can leap. I can run. I can pet dogs. I can even jump down and catch them, catch them in the act. My friends are just flabbergasted. It’s amazing to watch them say oh no, don't do that! Are you sure that you can walk up that hill? Are you sure that you can stand here that long? And I can! I can stand there that long. I can sit there that long. I can walk up the hill, and I'm just happy I didn’t put it off. The amazing part of my life has come back, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. It is all about quality of life.

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