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Patient story: My hip replacement surgery

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Scott from New Richmond shares his care experience at Westfields Hospital & Clinic.

As a truck driver, it’s easy to ignore my health … including my diabetes. When I decided I needed hip replacement surgery, my A1c was over 8. Dr. Reichert, my family medicine doctor at Westfields Hospital & Clinic, connected me with the diabetes education team.

I met with them weekly, did weigh-ins and adjusted my medications. I lost 30 pounds in three months and my A1c went down to 6. This physically prepared my body for surgery. But I was still scared to go into the hospital. I had never been in a hospital for anything, not a single broken bone.

The Joint Journey class was a great experience. I got to meet everyone who would be involved in my care – anesthesia, rehab and pharmacy – and got a good understanding of the process. All the presenters were great.

My surgeon, Dr. Weiss from Twin Cities Orthopedics, and the entire surgical team took great care of me. The hospital team works together and is so well coordinated. Everyone is polite and friendly.

Even my room was comfortable. I got more rest there than I usually do at home.

I had a few rehab visits while I was in the hospital. I plan to continue using the Westfields Hospital & Clinic rehab team for the best coordination of care with my doctors. After surgery, I’m impressed that I continue to get follow-up phone calls. Everyone is throrough and does what they say they would do.

This experience has been a “life event” for me to reset my whole life. I plan to keep my diabetes in control and continue exercising.