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Home |  Patient Stories |  Traveling Again Without Hip Pain: Jean B’s Story

Traveling Again Without Hip Pain: Jean B’s Story

Dr. Peter Thadani gave me back my active life!

My hip discomfort began twenty years ago, and by 2017, the pain had become so severe that I had given up many many activities that I used to enjoy, especially traveling with my family and taking daily long walks with my husband. Climbing the stairs to our bedroom had become a slow and dreaded process, inactivity had caused weight gain, and my condition was affecting our family’s travel choices. I knew it was time to consider hip replacement.

I made an appointment to see Dr. Thadani, an expert in “anterior approach” hip replacement surgery – a method that I heard results in a shorter hospital stay and swifter recovery. Dr. Thadani is the kindest, most empathetic, and most patient physician I have ever known. He made me feel comfortable and relaxed while discussing my problem, and he never appeared to be in a hurry to get to the next patient at any of my visits. Dr. Thadani’s two physician’s assistants, Brittany and Kimberly, were also very considerate and caring, from the first exam to the last follow-up appointment.

Several days before the surgery, I attended one of Dr. Thadani’s pre-op information classes – in which a member of his medical team showed a detailed slide presentation and passed around 3D models of joints, while explaining in complete detail the surgical process and the post-op care that I would receive. I was also given the chance to ask any other questions that I had pre-surgery.

Finally, Dr. Thadani discussed with me the importance of physical therapy in making a full recovery after surgery. I chose to have my therapy at Illinois Bone & Joint’s physical therapy clinic, located next door to Dr. Thadani’s office in Libertyville. My therapist, Wendy, was highly skilled, patient, and clear in her instruction, and she was very eager to help me achieve full recovery.

Just over eight months after the surgery, I was with my family in Croatia climbing the steep stairs of beautiful hill towns and enjoying once again the joy of mobility and the memory-making experiences that my surgery made possible again—with no pain at all in my new hip! Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Thadani and his top-notch team!

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