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Surgery Update!

A Long-Awaited Day

Today's a big day for Kendell. Twenty years ago, he was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in his hips. This means that over the last two decades, the balls of his hip joints---which are basically dead bone---have been wearing down. His hip joints now look like a disintigrating mountaintop instead of the smooth curve most everyone else has. Every few years or so, he'd go in for another x-ray and another spate of advice: wait as long as you can to get them done. And each year, he's been in more and more pain; just walking got harder and harder. (I'm always surprised at how many downright-rude comments he's gotten from random strangers about his gait. Seriously: he doesn't choose to walk like he's been horseback riding for way too long!)

This spring, though, through a variety of very happy coincidences, we were guided to the  very best doctor and procedure we could have found. All those years of waiting paid off in discovering a cutting-edge surgeon and a new technique---the anterior approach---that will make his recovery so much easier. They'll even do both hips during the same surgery. After getting far more than just a second opinion---I think this is our fifth or sixth opinion, honestly---I feel we were lead to the perfect situation. It is a blessing.'s the day. He's having both hips replaced with new, stainless steel joints. I've been joking with him that he'll soon be the bionic man, but honestly I am just hoping for a very few things. 1---that he'll be happier. 2---that he can be free of pain. 3---that he can return to doing the things he loves to do (like hiking, say, or mowing the lawn without needing pain meds afterward). I feel like everything will go smoothly today, although I am not so sure about the recovery. (I am not a nurse for a reason!)

Wish us luck!


Karen Greenfield

Dear Amy--I had a ballet teacher who had that replacement done in 1971 and while that was a long time ago--I can't tell you how happy she was!! The recovery time is not fun but once the pain goes---so mobile and no pain when walking or demonstrating centre positions...I'll be thinking about you two.


We are thinking of you & Kendell & hoping for the BEST from this. I know how long you have waited, and I'm anxious for him to have his life back. Best of luck! We love you both.


Wishing your husband a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. By the way, I am learning so much in your Write Now class. Thank you!


Good Luck! I'll keep you both in my thoughts!


I hope everything goes well. Best of luck!


Best wishes, thoughts and prayers for a speedy and full recovery.


Wow. Good luck!

Kayci Bitton

Yay!! I am glad you feel so good about everything. You'll have to let us know how it goes! Good luck!!


Prayers for a sucessful surgery and healing for Kendall.


Good luck! My dad got a hip replacement using the same method a while ago. It worked pretty well for him, and I hope for the best.

Sheri Franklin

Hoping for the best. I have a family member with that same disease and it hasn't been an easy journey for him or his family.

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