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Jodi’s story: ‘Super smooth’ hip surgeries

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

By: Melissa Barth


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July was Jodi Schmies’ favorite month.

 

That’s because after 14 months of waiting, she had her freedom and quality of life back.

 

Jodi considers herself an active mom. Between raising three teenagers, waitressing and going for runs or walks with her dog, she’s always on her feet. But when she experienced back pain two years ago, everything was put on hold.

 

“I would get up in the middle of the night and pace the floor. I seriously thought I was losing my mind because there was nothing I could do. There was no way I could lay,” Jodi says. “There was no over-the-counter medication, there was nothing to make that feeling go away.”

 

Hoping for answers and hoping to quickly get back into her daily routine, Jodi scheduled an appointment with her primary care physician.

 

“I went to the doctor four times and they said I had sciatica. So, I went to a chiropractor who adjusted my back, but I ended up getting severe pain in the front of my leg,” says Jodi, who lives in Iola in central Wisconsin.

 

After five more appointments and another series of tests, Jodi still had no answers.

 

“They ruled out everything under the sun that they tested for,” she says. “They said I didn’t have anything wrong with my leg. I couldn’t sleep at night. It was like an immense toothache in my leg.”

 

She was referred to an orthopedic surgeon in Stevens Point. The surgeon did an MRI and noticed several problems in Jodi’s right hip.

 

Jodi, who is in her early 40s, needed surgery. She was referred to Dr. Jon Henry, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic in Green Bay. Henry performed several procedures to repair and restore tendons and bones in Jodi’s hip, including a hip osteoplasty -- a surgery to reshape and repair the hip bone -- and cartilage repair on the inside of her hip.

 

“I was told by countless doctors that there wasn’t anything wrong, that they could find nothing wrong with my pain and issues and that sensation that I described as having a toothache in my leg,” Jodi says. “But Dr. Henry told me right away what was wrong and that I needed surgery. He said he could make me all better again, and he did.”

 

She’s grateful for the care she received.

 

“From start to finish, from the time I walked in the front door, everyone was super helpful,” Jodi says. “I didn’t know where I was. I’m an hour and a half away from home. I’ve never been there before. It was so smooth, the whole process.”

 

She’s especially thankful to Henry.

 

“He was my surgeon, but he truly was my hero. He gave me my life back.”

 

Dr. Jon Henry sees patients at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic in Green Bay and Manitowoc. Call 920-288-5555 or request an appointment online.

 

After two years of living with leg and back pain, Jodi Schmies of Iola, Wisconsin, can finally say she has her quality of life back, thanks to Dr. Jon Henry.

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Dr. Jon Henry is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty board certification in sports medicine, practicing since 2001. Dr. Henry received his medical degree from UW-Madison Medical School and then completed an orthopedic surgery residency in Syracuse, NY and a sports medicine fellowship at The Ohio State University. Learn more about Dr. Henry here.

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