Chance encounter starts the road to hip replacement

Chance encounter starts the road to hip replacement

Photo of Jim and Bonnie Schwartzburg

Jim and Bonnie Schwartzburg

Bonnie Schwartzburg didn’t think much of the hitch in her step she’d been living with. She wasn’t in much pain and thought it was simply a part of aging. It wasn’t until she and her husband, Jim, ran into a neighbor at their summer home in Wisconsin that she learned something might be wrong.

“Our neighbor is an orthopedic surgeon who’d recently retired, so we saw more of him than we had before,” she said. “A couple of years ago he said to me, ‘Bonnie, when are you going to take care of that hip of yours? I’ve been an orthopedic surgeon for 30 years and I know a bad hip when I see one.’”

Schwartzburg promised her neighbor that she’d come home and see an orthopedic surgeon immediately. She and her husband have been long-time supporters of LMH Health, with Jim serving on the LMH Health Foundation board for a number of years. So she turned to Adam Goodyear, MD, and the team at OrthoKansas for comprehensive, state-of-the-art musculoskeletal care.

Following a thorough examination and x-rays, Dr. Goodyear found that her symptoms were consistent with osteoarthritis. This condition is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 32.5 million adults in the United States. Also known as “wear and tear arthritis,” osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition that develops with age and worsens over time.

“Bonnie’s pain was consistent with osteoarthritis. Her x-rays showed that she’d worn the cartilage in her hip joint down to the point of the bone on the ball touching the bone on the cup, indicating bone on bone osteoarthritis,” he said.

Based on his findings, Dr. Goodyear’s recommendation was for Schwartzburg to undergo a total hip replacement. The surgeon performed direct anterior total hip arthroplasty, which is the same surgery her husband previously had.

“The direct anterior method is a muscle sparing, less invasive approach to the hip. Studies have shown patients have less pain right after surgery, quicker discharge from the hospital or surgery center and return to function more quickly,” Dr. Goodyear explained.

Patients can be confident that at OrthoKansas they’re treated with the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices that result in superior outcomes. In March 2021, The Joint Commission awarded OrthoKansas its Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification. LMH is one of only two hospitals in Kansas to earn this designation, both west of the Kansas City metro area.

Schwartzburg said her surgery was a seamless experience. It took place late in the day at the LMH Health Main Campus and she spent the night in the hospital. She was released to go home after 10 a.m. the next day and has been doing well ever since. Dr. Goodyear said her long-term prognosis is excellent.

“We see that patients have better outcomes when they get care close to home,” he said. “I expect Bonnie to have many years with a pain-free hip or much reduced pain, leading to a better quality of life.”

Schwartzburg said while she’s been lucky in life and hasn’t needed much medical intervention, she recommends turning to the experts at OrthoKansas if you need care for orthopedic and musculoskeletal issues.

“The doctors at OrthoKansas are all folks of fine reputation and skill,” she said. “They’ve taken great care of me, so much so that I’m going to see Dr. Lintecum soon to care for carpal tunnel that I’ve got in one wrist. I know I’ll get great care.”

When you need care, turn to OrthoKansas – a regional destination for progressive, multidisciplinary orthopedic care. We’ve got the clinicians, technology and facilities to provide care that’s exceptional and among the best anywhere. Give us a call and let us help you get moving again.

Autumn BishopStory by Autumn Bishop

Autumn is the marketing manager and content strategist at LMH Health.