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Jennifer Ryan, Hip Replacement

Jennifer Ryan is an active woman in her late 40's and the mother of two sons, one in high school and one in college. She is also a Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Certified Specialist. When she was 12 years old, Jennifer developed the hip degenerating disease, Legg-Calvé-Perthes syndrome. Her father, an orthopedic surgeon himself, discovered it.

While most teenagers were playing sports and having fun, Jennifer was undergoing multiple surgeries, having seven by the time she was 21. Then in 2004, she had a Left Posterior Hip Replacement. This was the traditional posterior approach at that time but since it cut through her ligaments and muscle so significantly, she had to use crutches for eight years.

In 2010, the pain in her right hip increased and it became apparent that she needed surgery for her "workhorse leg" as she calls it. As a professional in the field of orthopedics, Jennifer knew exciting advances had been made since her previous surgeries. She believed she'd be an ideal candidate for an Anterior Hip Replacement, a relatively new and far less invasive surgical procedure.

She chose Don Sanders, M.D., a board certified orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Torrance Memorial to perform her surgery. She recounts, "Based on my own research and many recommendations from other physical therapists and physician-friends, I found that Dr. Sanders did a lot of these procedures and had great results. Everyone thought very highly of him."

Recalling her initial discussion with Dr. Sanders, she adds, "From the moment I met him, he put me at ease and gave me his undivided attention which added greatly to my comfort. I knew immediately, he was the right guy for the job."

In August, 2011 Jennifer underwent surgery and she recalls the outstanding personalized care. "There happened to be a lot of surgeries scheduled that day so they personally escorted me to a different intake area. What I noticed most was the communication; they kept me in the loop every step of the way so there were no surprises." She adds, "Torrance Memorial even has a special operating table just for this particular type of surgery."

Jennifer has high-praise for all of the healthcare professionals and staff involved in her care, before, during and after her surgery at Torrance Memorial. She says, "From the nurses, to the technicians to the physical therapists, everyone was terrific! It was fabulous, very warm and nurturing. I always felt like an active participant in my care."

Elaborating on her hospital stay, she says, "It's a wonderful place. I was treated very well and after surgery, I was given a beautiful room. It was very comforting and all very well done. And they had no idea I was a health professional or that my family's name was well-known within the healthcare community." Her [now-late] father was once on staffTorrance Memorial.

Jennifer gives high marks to Torrance Memorial for their outstanding professionalism, including staying in contact with her general practitioner's office. She says, "When they needed information from my doctor's office, they said, 'You don't have to worry about it. We'll take care of everything.' They stayed on it. They were fantastic!"

Now well into a successful recovery, Jennifer visits Dr. Sanders every six months to make sure everything is okay. Compared to her earlier surgeries, Jennifer says that her recovery was much quicker and less painful. She has a four-to-five inch scar, which is minimal compared to those from her previous surgeries. She happily shares, "I'm back into running three miles, three times a week and improving my gait and physical abilities. Sometimes, I even wear high heels,that's something I couldn't do since 2010."

She concludes, "I feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful hospital in my community." When asked if she'd recommend Torrance Memorial to a friend, she states, "Absolutely! I already have."