Kathy’s story: My new hip feels great

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

By: Jeff Ash

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When cyclist Kathy Schmidt learned she needed hip replacement surgery, she immediately knew who she wanted to do the job. She turned to the same BayCare Clinic orthopedic surgeon who’d repaired her broken ankle.


“Wasn’t able to ride my bike, and I’ve been cross country on my bike several times,” says Schmidt, a former volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician who lives in Two Rivers.


Even walking was a struggle for her.


“Wasn’t able to walk fast. I had to make short steps because if I took long steps, it would really hurt. And I wasn’t able to walk as far,” she says. “I had extreme pain in my left leg. My hips would go out from under me when I would be walking. Unable to go up and down stairs without it hurting really bad. The pain was the worst.”


Just as he did for her ankle – which “turned out amazing,” she says – Dr. Carl A. DiRaimondo of BayCare Clinic Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Manitowoc repaired Schmidt’s left hip.


“After my surgery, when I came out from the anesthetic. I, ah, oh, this feels great!” Schmidt says. “I couldn’t believe how I could walk. I could actually walk without hurting.”


That was just the beginning.


“My life has changed tremendously,” says Schmidt, who confesses that she feared becoming “an old crippled woman in a wheelchair” before getting her new hip.


“I can do all my walking. I can do my bike riding. I can go up and down the stairs without it hurting. I can cross my legs, which I wasn’t able to do, and I can bend and pick things off the ground. Basically, I can do anything and everything I want to do, I can do right now. I’m not limited at all.”


Schmidt also looks forward to getting back on her bike for more cross-country rides.


“That will be amazing,” she says. “I want to do that and I know I can do that after Dr. DiRaimondo did my surgery.”

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