Patient Testimonials

Hip Stories

Kelly Dyer, 38

Stryker Hip Replacement

“When you no longer get enjoyment out of most anything, it’s pretty much time.”

“I played ice hockey for Women’s Team USA for six years, and was involved in competitive sports for 24 years. My pain started in the lower back, then after a little bit of discovery, my hips were identified as the source. The process of deciding to have my hip replaced is one I now look back on and feel pretty comfortable with. I did quite a bit of research. You know, finding the right doctor. Finding the right hospital and care. Also being proactive and having your care thought through both before and after your surgery seemed to be an advantage. And picking the right parts. I felt very confident going with the Stryker ceramic-on-ceramic hip because of its long term benefits, its wear benefits, and also its function. I am truly thankful to have my life back.”

Results not typical and may vary by individual. Not all patients will reach the same activity level.

Trident® Hip Transforms Pain into Gain for Former Pro Hockey Player

“It’s tough to sell when you’re in pain,” says Kelly Dyer. The more the femoral head in her right hip deteriorated, the harder it was for the former Women’s Team USA Ice Hockey player to get excited about the line of sticks and equipment she sells for TPS Louisville Hockey. “All I could think was ‘I can’t wait to get home and get some ice on this hip,’ ” says Kelly. “It really started to bother me.”

Working trade shows was torture. Even getting in and out of her car after long trips required letting her leg hang out the door for awhile before she could put pressure on it. Worn out by the end of the day, her social life suffered, too. No longer able to take long walks or bicycle rides, she tried to keep active with occasional, moderate sailing and kayaking. When offered Boston Bruins game tickets, the longtime fan and one-time Olympic hockey advisor would think, “Stairs … parking lot … no, thanks.”

After trying medication, physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and several preliminary surgeries, the 38-year-old athlete was convinced replacing her failing hip was the only way to get back to actively living. Her surgeon recommended the Stryker Orthopaedics ceramic-on-ceramic Trident® hip with a titanium stem for its potential longevity and active wear benefits.

Recovering from surgery at New England Baptist Hospital, she was excited to find herself “not complaining about my hip at all.” She looks forward to easing back into her favorite, least aggressive sports, possibly sailing and getting back to coaching this summer at her women’s hockey school. For Kelly, the transformation has been “pretty amazing.”

Results not typical and may vary by individual. Not all patients will reach the same activity level.

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