“When I got to the point where I had to give up some of my pleasures, that’s when I knew it was time to do something about my hip,” recalls 66 year-old Beverly Brett whose arthritis had caused severe deterioration in her hip joint.
An active woman all her life, Brett could be seen out on the tennis court two to three times a week. Her other love was going for morning walks with her husband around the three-mile lake near their home in Lawrenceville. Until one day, Brett says, “I just couldn’t do it anymore.”
Intermittent pain in her groin and a “grinding” sound in her hip began to limit her mobility and often caused excruciating pain. After riding in the car, “I had trouble getting up and had to wait a minute once I stood before I could get going,” she remembers. The pain forced Brett to take a break from the tennis court and the gym. She even gave up her walks by the water. “I was afraid I was going to become coach potato,” confesses Brett. So, she sought medical advice and decided to have a hip replacement at DeKalb Medical’s Joint Solutions Center.
Three months post-op, Brett says it’s remarkable how “normal” she feels. “Seventy-five percent of the time, I forget I have even had the surgery done. My hip feels so natural, and I am virtually pain free.” Brett, who was walking freely without a cane or any assistance just four weeks after her surgery, is grateful for how easy it was to get back on her feet. “I thought I was going to feel a whole lot worse than I did. But the treatment and the staff at the JSC were just phenomenal. There wasn’t one person who didn’t treat me like I was special. The whole experience was wonderful.” Even better, Brett is enjoying walks alongside her husband at her beloved lake and should be back in her tennis game in no time.