Lisa’s Climb to Wellness at the Magee Bone and Joint Center
An active mother and traveler, Lisa regularly hiked and climbed the terrain at Yosemite National Park. To prepare for these trips, Lisa and her husband would train by climbing the 42 stories of the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning.
Though she had been experiencing some pain for a while, she dismissed it as just signs of age. However, one night after a double ascent of the stairs, she was bedridden with pain in her leg, groin, and hips.
Thinking she had just pulled a muscle, she was shocked when her doctor diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Seeking a second opinion, she went to the Bone and Joint Center at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Her doctor — Anthony M. DiGioia, MD — confirmed the earlier diagnosis and recommended a hip replacement.
Initially, Lisa received an injection that relieved her symptoms temporarily. However, after six weeks the pain returned. With an once-in-a-lifetime trip on the horizon, Lisa wanted a more permanent solution. She had the hip replacement surgery and adhered to a strict physical therapy schedule. Because of this — just four months after surgery — Lisa was hiking and exploring Asia, feeling strong.
Read more about Lisa’s experience at Magee’s Bone and Joint Center.