Patient Story: Joint Replacement
"In 2002, I was in a snow mobile accident and hurt my leg. I was air lifted from Mendon to UMass Memorial Hospital, where I was treated by the trauma unit. They were well prepared for me and gave me immediate care. I had an infection in my leg and the doctors told me I would need 10 years of operations. Because of the infection, we then made the decision to amputate below my knee. I had twelve operations in twelve days.
"When I had my amputation, I felt that I needed to face life without pity and move forward. I then had a lot of pain in my hip, and went without surgery until I couldn’t walk anymore. I had hip replacement surgery in January of 2013. I was always in pain until the first day after my surgery and then I no longer felt any hip pain at all. During my time at UMass Memorial Medical Center, they explained each step of the process thoroughly to me and gave me great care. At this point in my life, I think twice about taking any dangerous risks."