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Christine’s Story

Anterior Hip Surgery Got Christine Latella Back To Doing Everything She Loves

Chris Latella

Christine Latella referred to the pain in her left hip as her “kitchen hip,” believing it had been caused by the hours spent standing in the kitchen. 

So she was surprised when Dr. Christopher Drinkwater diagnosed that it was actually her right hip that needed replacement.  Unconsciously, she’d been adjusting her gait to compensate for the bone-on-bone deterioration of her right hip, which caused the pain in her left. Because of the pain, she’d gradually stopped doing many of her favorite activities, and had reached the point where she could not walk. 

Christine inquired about anterior hip replacement surgery, after hearing about it from a friend, and researching it online. Dr. Drinkwater agreed that she was a candidate for the surgery.  Initially however, she still didn’t believe the surgery on her right hip was going to help the pain on her left side.

Alternative Approach to Hip Surgery Offers New Benefits

Anterior surgery is an alternative approach to hip replacement, which can minimize damage to tissue and may offer faster recovery for patients who qualify. 

Highland is the only hospital in the region offering the procedure.  There are several advantages for patients:

  • Less trauma to the body and a smaller incision
  • Less tissue disruption, which may lead to faster rehabilitation
  • Fewer restrictions during recovery and potentially less pain

The surgery lasted about an hour and a half.  It was performed at 7:30 a.m., and by 2:30 that same day Christine was up and walking.  “I had no pain – at all.  I never used the pain medication.  I used a cane for a day, and the physical therapist said I was okay to walk without it.”

Christine says the results of the surgery were “beyond her expectations” and completely solved the problem of the pain on the left side.  She was taking walks in the mall almost immediately.

“I’m back to my old self and I can do all the things I love to do like PiYo, swimming, kayaking, biking, and climbing waterfalls.  I felt like I wouldn’t ever be able to do those things again.”