Christine Bartholomew was out running one day when she noticed she had a problem. She was trying to lose some weight after having her youngest child, Alex. It had been over 8 years since the birth and she hadn't lost weight. "So I started running, very high impact aerobic activity. And I developed a little pain in my right hip. So, I thought, well, I have to back off."
Backing off didn't work. Christine is a nurse and is on her feet for up to 12 hours a day. She went to a doctor, had an X-ray and was diagnosed with arthritis. At the time she was just 38 years old.
When the patients started feeling sorry for her, Christine knew it was time to do something. Her doctor's assistant gave her a DVD about the Stryker technology and she discussed the benefits and risks of surgery with her doctor.
"We took the CD home and I looked up some information on the website, thought more about the pros and cons and went back and said yep, that's what I want."
The day of her surgery Christine was excited. She was looking forward to what she hoped would be a life with less pain. "I think my adrenaline was going so much and I was just so excited about potential improvement in my hip pain and after, you know, I got there and got ready for surgery I was just, I was relieved. It was once I got in the hospital and was getting prepped I was just relieved."
Her best memory was immediately after the surgery. "It was wonderful waking up." Her loving husband Tim was waiting for her. Tim soon noticed a physical change. A wrinkle of worry that had creased her face was gone for good. "And that wrinkle was gone. She said there was pain from the incision but but she could already feel improvement in her hip."
Individual results vary. Not all patients will have the same post-operative recovery and activity level. See your orthopaedic surgeon to discuss your potential benefits and risks.