Levon Harrington – Joint Academy and Hip Replacement Success Story
Joint replacement – we’ll coach you through it
|Methodist Charlton and the Joint Academy
scored a hole in one with Levon Harrington’s
hip replacement. As retirement approaches,
he plans to spend more time on the golf course.
Levon Harrington knew that his hip pain — the byproduct of years spent playing amateur sports — made surgery inevitable.
“I was diagnosed with degenerative osteoarthritis three years ago,” he says. “Doctors told me that sooner or later I would require surgery. I preferred later rather than sooner.”
Eventually, the over-the-counter medicines — even prescription medications — failed to be effective, and the pain grew progressively worse.
“I’m a very active person,” says Harrington, who previously coached youth sports and is active in his church and the community. “When it got to the point that I couldn’t do the things I like to do comfortably, I knew it was time for a new hip.”
Getting ready for surgery
Harrington’s primary care provider referred him to Clinton Bell, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Methodist Charlton Medical Center.
“Dr. Bell met with my wife and me and explained the details of the surgery,” Harrington says. “He made us feel very comfortable.”
Adding to his comfort was the Joint Academy at Methodist Charlton. This free educational workshop prepares patients both mentally and physically for upcoming joint replacement surgery, for achieving the best possible surgical outcome, and for a fast return to normal daily activity.
Harrington is complimentary of the professionals teaching his Joint Academy class.
“I appreciated having the opportunity to ask questions to a nurse specially trained in orthopedics,” Harrington says, adding that he found the program extremely helpful and reassuring. “It put our minds at ease.”
Getting back in the game after hip replacement surgery
All went well with Harrington’s surgery, which required only one small incision. And rehabilitation got him back to walking without a cane or any assistance in a matter of months.
With retirement from his supervisory position at a leading aerostructure manufacturer in his future, Harrington looks forward to playing in golf tournaments and giving back to the community.
“My experience at Methodist Charlton and with the Joint Academy could not have been better,” he says. “I was so impressed with everyone, from the physicians, to the nurses, to the staff. Everyone was so polite and attentive. I give the surgery and everyone associated with it a high rating.”
From the summer 2014 edition of Shine magazine.