On a beautiful spring day just outside Columbia, SC, anterior hip replacement is the last thing on Anne Piercy’s mind. She’s thinking about her second home on the range: the gun range, that is.
“I became good friends with a police officer who told me I needed to get a gun,” said the 73-year old West Columbia, SC, resident. “I go to the range every chance I get. It’s like our own little supper club.”
Her enthusiasm may have never been discovered if not for the left hip pain she battled for years. One of the few activities she could enjoy while fighting that pain was sitting down by the Riverwalk Park. It was there where she saw a police office save a man from drowning, and struck up a conversation with him afterwards. He advised her to get a gun for protection.
Despite the chance meeting five years ago and her newfound love for guns, Piercy was confined to the role of spectator most days due to that left hip pain.
“It got to the point that I could hardly stand up or move. I couldn’t sleep, and it was really affecting my life,” she said. “I thought, ‘I can deal with this, I can deal with this.’ But it was just shutting me down.”
Hip Replacement Attempt #1: Misfire
Desperate for relief and on the recommendation of a friend, Piercy drove over 100 miles from Columbia, SC to see a doctor who performs anterior hip replacement. At her first appointment, she was told by the doctor that she would have to lose 60 pounds before surgery. Piercy was determined to get out of pain, so she enrolled in the recommended meal program and reached her goal of losing 60 pounds. She was excited to inform the doctor’s office and was told surgery would be scheduled. But when she called back to get the surgery date, she was told she would have to lose another 20 pounds. Piercy was understandably discouraged, and she gave up on trying to schedule surgery with that doctor.
Later that week, a neighbor who works for a Columbia-area hospital told her that if she really wanted an anterior hip replacement, she needed to see Dr. Loging. Piercy talked to five other people from her church and the community that all recommended Dr. Loging, and she decided to make an appointment.
“The first time I ever met him, he eliminated any concerns I had,” she said. “I asked him, ‘Are you gonna lecture me about my weight?’ and he told me, ‘When a patient comes to me in a lot of pain, I’m not going to judge them. I want to get them out of pain. I want to take care of you.’ He has done everything he said he would do.”
One of Piercy’s other concerns was traveling from West Columbia to Newberry. But she felt so at ease with Dr. Loging, that she decided not to hesitate and had her surgery 3 weeks later.
“I have had eight surgeries in my life, and I have never had the level of care I got at that hospital,” she said. “My experience with Newberry Hospital was just unbelievable. And my experience with Dr. Loging was even more unbelievable. What else in the world could you ask for?”
Piercy walked into the hospital last December at ease and confident about what was going to happen that day. She remembers the good care she received before the surgery, getting a little medicine right before the procedure, and then waking up in her room afterwards. After being awake for about 30 minutes, she asked the nurse for permission to try to walk on her new left hip. Her first steps were pain-free, and she hasn’t looked back since. She followed doctor’s orders by attending physical therapy sessions in the weeks that followed, but after the second day, she wondered what she was doing there because her hip felt so good.
“People asked me how my recovery was going and I told them, ‘What recovery?'” she said. “I was in a lot of pain, and then I wasn’t anymore.”
With her new hip, Piercy is able to be more active in her church and her community, where she attends as many civic functions as her schedule allows. And of course there’s the gun range, where having only one or two bulls-eye shots is a bad day. She has only one regret: not getting an anterior hip replacement earlier.
“If I had known about Dr. Loging, I’d have been here much sooner,” she said. “When you don’t know where to go, you just don’t do anything. But knowing what I know now, why wouldn’t you want a less invasive procedure if you’re gonna have surgery? Why would you not want to have the most skilled doctor, with the best reputation, to do it? Anterior is less invasive, Dr. Loging is the best surgeon, and Newberry Hospital gives you the best care.”
When it comes to hip replacement, Anne Piercy knows a sure shot when she sees it.
Dr. James Loging is a is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the first physician to perform anterior hip replacement surgery in South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Loging or anterior hip replacement, visit DrLoging.com. The content of this page should not be used as a substitute for medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.
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