I Am a Winner
"I have always been very active. But progressive, severe arthritis in my hips made it painful to walk. Less than eight months after both my hips were replaced, I am back to playing tennis."
Slowing down was simply not an option for Carolyn Deeley, a former investment banker, mother of three daughters, and captain of her tennis team. But debilitating arthritis began to change the way she lived her life. An avid tennis player, she had to give up the game she loved. "It was very upsetting," she recalled.
Her physician, Dr. Sridhar Durbhakula, advised her of a new leading-edge tool available at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, the Hana Table. Shady Grove is the first hospital in Montgomery County to use this specialized surgical table, which allows complete anatomical control and access to natural intervals between muscles, requiring a smaller incision and more separating of tissue as opposed to cutting. The new minimally invasive tool is a breakthrough in total hip replacement surgery.
"I was amazed," Carolyn remembered. "I woke up and was in less pain than with my C-sections." After just three days in the hospital, and one week at the Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, Carolyn went home. "I could go up and down the stairs right away. My pain level was very manageable."
Amazingly, just three-and-a-half months after surgery, Carolyn was on a tennis court hitting balls with a ball machine. About four months after surgery, she slowly began playing with friends. In less than eight months after surgery, she was back competing in matches and feels like a winner.
"I remember my first match vividly. As I was running from the baseline to the net to get a shot, I made a mental note to once again thank Dr. Durbhakula. He had given me back my life."