Paul Zysk: Hip Replacement
Paul Zysk’s Lake Somerset home has lots of steps, including a long stairway from his back door to the lake. That was a big reason why he finally decided on hip replacement surgery in 2005, after dealing with pain for more than 15 years.
“I was becoming a slave to pain, I had to use a cane, and it was really dragging down my lifestyle,” Paul said.” I’d known since 1985 that I would eventually need this surgery, due to having polio as a child and later being active with basketball and running. But, like a lot of others, I was putting it off as long as I possibly could.”
When the pain became unbearable, Paul did some checking and decided to make an appointment with Allan Tompkins, MD. Paul also toured Henry Ford Allegiance Health’s Joint Camp, a hospital unit designated for patients undergoing joint replacement. “I am basically a chicken at heart when it comes to medical procedures. But, seeing the facility, meeting the staff and getting detailed information on exactly what to expect gave me a lot of confidence in the hospital and the surgeon.”
Paul’s experience at the Joint Camp was “outstanding,” he said. “I can’t say enough good things about the surgeon or the staff. The whole team was professional and upbeat. They all took great care of me.”
During his recovery at home, Paul slowly began taking the stairs again. “I really wanted to get out in my boat, and that was motivating,” he said. “It wasn’t that long before I was hardly noticing the stairs. Now, they are no problem for me.”
Since his surgery, Paul has had many friends go through joint replacement in other cities and states. “Few of them are as happy as I am with the results, and some of them have had to have them re-done,” he said. “I see absolutely no reason to go anywhere else for joint replacement when you can have the whole package here at home.”