Seton Medical Center Austin Bone & Joint Center Patient Story

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Easing the Pain of Total Hip Replacement

Mickey, like a good portion of other Austin residents, loves to participate in outdoor activities. Whether walking, jogging or cycling on the hike and bike trail, or kayaking on Lady Bird Lake, being active is an important part of her life.

A few years ago, Mickey began experiencing severe back pain, which eventually interfered with her favorite hobbies. After appointments with several chiropractors and spine specialists, and a series of X-rays and MRIs, a back surgeon detected a bone on bone condition in Mickey's hip. She was then referred to Jack Seaquist, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, Austin Regional Clinic, who recommended a total joint replacement. After seeking second and third opinions from other medical professionals, Mickey decided to proceed with the operation.

When the need for joint replacement surgery arose, Mickey diligently researched all of her options for hospitals in the Austin area. "When I learned about the good things going on at Seton Medical Center Austin's 6th floor orthopedics unit, and specifically the Bone & Joint Center, I knew I would be in good hands." Mickey had also been treated for diabetes at Seton Austin in 2004 and knew the disease could complicate her surgery's outcome. "My faith provided a great deal of comfort, particularly the scripture Joshua 1:9*."

"The Bone & Joint Center staff was outstanding — always pleasant, responsive and willing to work with me," Mickey said. "I didn’t want to leave!" She also appreciated their attentiveness during the recovery process as well as the critical balance they maintained between providing assistance and encouraging self-reliance as she regained function of her hip.

"I loved the staff's attitude," Mickey added. "They all worked together as one unit. And it was so unique to hear laughter as they interacted with the other patients and me."

After Mickey's discharge, Bone & Joint Center staff followed up her case with a full review over the phone — and they will continue to be available in the future for any questions or concerns that may arise.

*Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

For more information on the Bone & Joint Center contact coordinators Elise Matocha or Irenia Vinuya by email, or call (512) 324-1000 ext 17622.

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