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Published on February 26, 2015

Amy Kriewaldt Hudson & MAKOplasty Total Hip Replacement

Amy Kriewaldt Hudson
Patient: Amy Kriewaldt Hudson, Rockville, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

Service: MAKOplasty Total Hip Replacement

Doctor: Sridhar Durbhakula, MD

Amy Kriewaldt Hudson was 21, a classical musician living in New York City and walking everywhere. That's when the pain started, and she knew right away that it was bad. "I had to drop my bags to rest a bit, in the middle of the sidewalk," she says.

One doctor said she needed to stretch more. Another said it was depression. "I planned my day around the pain," Kriewaldt Hudson says. "My world got smaller and smaller."

When she was in her 30s, a doctor finally took X-rays. He was shocked to see severe osteoarthritis in her hip. She was a young woman facing a hip replacement—but she couldn't bear the thought of a year of rehabilitation.

Kriewaldt Hudson knew she needed help: “What’s the point of being 36 and living like I was 70 years old?”

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My life had become very sedentary, and it was very limiting. I couldn’t go on trips, you know, I could but I wouldn't be able to walk around. I went to San Francisco last year before the surgery, and it was boring because I ended up just staying at my hotel a lot of the time. I couldn’t walk around and experience the city. My main concern was how long the recovery was going to be. My brother had a hip replacement twenty years ago, and I know he was out for at least six 6 months, and it took another 6 months for him to really be back on his feet 100%.

I got here about 6:30 in the morning, and I walked out on my feet at about 6:30 at night, so 12 hours in and out and I was done. Six weeks later I walked 12 miles around DC. My main goal is to go back to the Smokies and hike Mt. LeConte – that’s something I’d like to do later this year. Just little things – I can go to the grocery store and not have to sit the rest of the day. Even cooking is so much easier, walking around the house, getting out to walk the dog. I live an active, normal life like any other 36-year-old, and it’s not this debilitating thing stopping me from what I want to do.

I can’t believe I put it off for so long. Why live with pain if you don’t have to?

I had a great experience here from the time I walked through the door to leaving everybody was just so nice, and it was a smooth experience. There wasn’t any questions about you know insurance holding things up, there wasn't any you know confusion about where I was supposed to be. I was really taken care of the entire time, and it was fabulous. You’re definitely in good hands here, and you feel really secure.

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