Dianne’s Story

An active retiree who is involved with her family and many community activities, Dianne wasn’t willing to succumb to chronic pain in both hips that made it difficult to sleep and walk. She and her husband are long-time Escondido residents, where they have raised three sons plus eight foster children. Now, they tend to rescue animals include a goat, sheep and dogs.

“I have so much to do and I didn’t want to suffer the pain or have to limit my activities because my hips had worn out,” she says.

Diane sought help from Kevin Metros, M.D., a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, who had replaced her husband’s right hip a few years ago.

Total hip replacement involves removing the head of the thighbone and replacing the ball-and-socket mechanism at the hip joint with an artificial implant. Dr. Metros performs minimally invasive total hip replacement and prefers to use an anterior approach that allows him to work between the muscles rather than detaching them from the hip or thighbones.

Following surgery at Palomar Medical Center Escondido, Dianne stayed in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit for two weeks. She continued with outpatient rehabilitation after going home.

“I feel privileged to have been cared for in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit where I got excellent care,” Dianne says. “Everyone is so skilled in their knowledge. The exercise program they designed for me was very helpful and effective. We’re always on the go and it’s great to be pain free and able to move around as easily as I do with my new hips,” Dianne says.

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