hip replacement at ALMH, active senior ready to return to bowling
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[August 08, 2014]
LINCOLN - Shirley Hackett regularly hit
200 when she was a league bowler, but pain in her joints caused her
to quit mid-game.
“I was in a whole lot of pain,” said Hackett, who retired in 2013 as
a licensed practical nurse. “And I’ve got a high pain tolerance. But
it got to where getting in and out of the car was painful. I had
trouble helping lift residents at the nursing home. It was a
constant back pain, and the relief from injections didn’t last
The 79-year-old Lincoln woman is looking forward to a return to
bowling with friends after successful replacement surgeries and
rehabilitation she completed with Memorial JointWorks at Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital (ALMH). Hackett had both hips and her left
knee replaced over several years.
Memorial JointWorks at ALMH provides patients with a case manager,
team of orthopedic specialists and nursing staff who specialize in
joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation. Patients attend a
pre-procedure education class, where they and their coaches learn
about pre-surgical exercises, the procedure, medications that will
be used, what happens at the hospital and what to expect. They also
receive post-surgery care and education.
Each year, nearly 900,000 people in the United States have a hip or
knee replacement, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic
Hackett, who was used to taking care of others and not requiring
care for herself, appreciated the care and support she received from
the physicians, nurses and physical therapists at ALMH who helped
her to regain her mobility.
“The goal of the JointWorks program is to help joint replacement
patients return to their normal life and recover as quickly as
possible,” said Dr. David Olysav, who leads the orthopedic team at
Before her surgery, Hackett attended a JointWorks class where the
instructors explained the procedure, passed around examples of the
joint parts and described the post-surgery options. She then met
with Olysav, who recommended the surgeries.
Her routine was similar after both hip surgeries. As part of her
recovery, Memorial Home Services clinicians visited her home for two
weeks and conducted blood work and closely monitored her.
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Physical therapists also came to the house and helped her
navigate her daughter’s home where she was staying, especially
the stairs down to her room on the lower level.
With her knee surgery, the therapy involved a lot of stretching,
which will continue indefinitely. To stay limber, she uses a
stationary bike at home.
“You really have to keep moving to keep the healing process
moving forward,” Hackett said. “Lying around only aggravates
Hackett, who enjoyed bowling as a social outlet and for
exercise, is eager to resume bowling in the fall.
“If anyone is in a lot of pain, they really need to get it
checked out sooner than later,” Hackett said. “I suffered for a
good year; don’t do that. At least, get an opinion. Attend a
JointWorks class where you can actually learn about the
procedure and ask questions.”
With her surgeries complete, Hackett is looking forward to
caring for her 1-year-old grandson when he visits. After all,
she might want to teach him to bowl.
For more information about JointWorks at ALMH, call 217-605-5500
or visit ALMH.org
[Text received; ANGELA STOLTZENBURG,
ARAHAM LINCOLN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL]