Published on June 05, 2017

Sylvia

Sylvia’s Journey

Adventure traveler Sylvia Roba of Davenport often chooses the road less traveled when she tours exotic countries like Vietnam and Uzbekistan.

Now whether she’s exploring remote destinations or sitting for hours on long flights around the world, she has less “baggage.” She no longer carries around her chronic hip pain.

She’s joint pain free after having total hip replacement surgery at the Genesis Joint Pain Institute.

“I’ve thought a number of times about what my life would be like if I had continued with the pain and disability,” she said. “I did not realize that the quality of my life was severely compromised by pain. Today, I literally feel like a different person.”

Before her surgery, Roba spent four pain-filled years trying everything from physical therapy and steroid shots to pain pills and prayer to relieve her hip pain. Even though she had severe arthritis in her hip, she optimistically hoped that "trying one more thing" would make it better.

"The truth is, during those four years I never once remotely considered having a joint replacement," she recalled. "In spite of the pain and the limping, I continued to lead a 'normal' life. I traveled extensively, including trips that required a lot of physical activity and long flights; took care of grandbabies; entertained; and, enjoyed many other interests. I was undeterred."

The decision to have hip replacement surgery five years ago came almost instantly -- on the day she got out of her car and could hardly walk. “Something felt very wrong, and I knew: this is not going to get better,” she said.

Immediately, she made an appointment with her doctor to talk about surgery. Orthopedic surgeon Joseph Martin, M.D., of ORA Orthopedics and the team of experts from Genesis ultimately would make her joint pain free.

“Joint replacement surgery at Genesis is a well-oiled machine,” she said. “Everyone – from Dr. Martin, to the nurses, to the physical therapists, to the nurses’ aides – is familiar with the routine and repeats it many times a week. I suppose you could feel like a number because of that, but I felt like I was being taken care of by very experienced people with a solid routine.”

Since having her total hip replacement surgery at Genesis, Roba has more energy, a renewed zest for life, and a realization that she had been adapting to her pain for far too long. She wrote about her surgical journey in a blog spanning 12 weeks.

She concluded, “This has been a major life lesson for me. I am paying more attention to my body and listening to what it has to say.”

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