Jean's story: 2 new hips, 2 new knees

Friday, June 23, 2017

By: Femi Cole


Jean Sleger is no stranger to facing total joint replacement surgeries. In fact, she’s had four over the course of five years, having both knees and both hips replaced.


The first of four replacement surgeries was her right knee. “I could be walking with a shopping cart, and the knee would give out and I was holding on to the cart to keep myself upright,” she says.


Jean, who is in her early 60s, met with Dr. Carl A. DiRaimondo, a surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic in Manitowoc. DiRaimondo performed a knee replacement after arthroscopic surgery – a less invasive method than traditional surgery – didn’t relieve the pain.


Two years after her knee replacement, Jean felt pain in her left hip. She hoped it was because she was adjusting to her new knee, but soon learned she would need a hip replacement. DiRaimondo performed the second surgery.


It was déjà vu just one year later. While walking a 5K event, Jean felt a grinding sensation in her right hip.


“I knew I had to get in and see Dr. DiRaimondo. And yes, it was hip replacement,” she says.


Jean didn’t have to think about whether to have the surgery, she’d been through it before and knew what to expect.


When her left knee began to hurt in the fall of 2016, she postponed having it examined – hoping it would turn out to be nothing. The pain didn’t subside so she turned to DiRaimondo for a fourth time.


Jean felt confident about surgery. “I knew I could go to Dr. DiRaimondo, get this replaced, and I would be pain free. And I am – 100 percent pain free," she says.


After two total knee and two total hip replacements, Jean is pleased with DiRaimondo and his results.


“My only complaint is that I didn’t do these things sooner,” she says.


Dr. Carl A. DiRaimondo sees patients in Manitowoc. For appointments, call 920-682-6376 or request one online.

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