Constant pain was just a part of daily life for Rita Williamson.
"It started shooting down my leg so I had the back pain and I also had pain going down my leg into my groin and that's when the severe pain started." said Williamson.Doctors initially diagnosed her with a herniated disc and provided treatment. The pain never really went away until she met with Dr. Vik Chatrath at Avera Marshall.
"My red flags go up whenever I see this kind of problem and I always examine the back hip and knee pretty much in every patient who presents with this because it's quite a more common problem that we realize." said Dr. Chatrath.Dr. Chatrath did an MRI on Rita's hip and discovered a tear in the labrum as the source of her pain.
"This is the socket of the hip joint, this is the ball of the hip joint you see the lining here, this black tissue here is the lining look at the front there is no black tissue is actually fluid there this could only happen if there's a tear in the fluid has gone in." said Dr. Chatrath.After a hip arthroscopy, Rita is able to move pain free.
"I didn't know if there was a light at the end of the tunnel for a while I thought my word I'm 33 years old and I'm going to be living with this chronic hip pain!" said Williamson.Not all orthopedic cases are difficult to diagnose like Rita's. Tom Staniszewski knew his arthritic knees needed to be replaced, he just wanted to make sure it was the best option for him.
"I've got a little grandson that's three years old and it was to the point where I couldn't get on the floor to play with him anymore. It's going to be kind of nice to be able to do that and I actually have another grandson to be born in about a month, so it'll be nice to get around it again." said Staniszewski.For one knee, Tom had a total replacement but in the other, arthritis was only affecting one side. So Dr. Chatrath opted for a partial replacement.
"It's a smaller incision probably less than half the size of a standard total knee replacement again we go on the side of the muscle so I don't have to cut any of the muscle and he did wonderful with that." said Dr. Chatrath.
Tom is now a little over a month into recovery. While it is hard work, both he and Rita are getting used to the idea of living a life with less pain.
"Surprisingly it's quite instantaneous obviously they have surgical pain but the patients can tell right away that hey Doc, the arthritis pain is gone and that's amazing how quickly goes away!" said Dr. Chatrath.For Tom he's looking forward to ditching the cane and of course playing with his grand kids.
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