Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Local medical care is terrific

I had hip replacement surgery last month. When I first learned that the surgery was inevitable, I researched what was involved and shopped doctors and hospitals. I live part-time in Manhattan, so having the operation in New York City was definitely on the radar screen of options.

After considerable consideration and tons of advice from those who went before me with the procedure, I decided the aftercare was vital, and learned that our pool of physical therapists is the best. Little did I know that the decision was so perfect for me.

Our St. Luke's is a wonderful hospital. The care I was given was beyond even the greatest of expectations. Even the food offerings were delightful, all organic, and I could order any time of the day or night. One day a volunteer brought in the most adorable dog for animal therapy, which was very much appreciated as I missed my own little doggies, and twice I was offered and given Healing Touch therapy, which I have to say was really relaxing.

My doc was Dr. Judd, who was wonderful and did a spectacular job on my new hip, as I am pain-free and walking three weeks later. Even the anesthesiologist, Dr. Trearse, asked me important questions and found solutions to the nasty nausea I have after surgery.

The nurses were precious and constantly available whenever I needed them. The hospital sent a nurse practitioner to my home after I was released and she was available at any time to answer questions should I need her. Now I will be using the therapists they have for the physical therapy portion of my recovery, the main reason I decided to stay in the valley for my surgery.

I highly recommend our local St. Luke's, Dr. Judd, Dr. Trearse and all the other professionals associated with this fine hospital, and want to thank them for the fantastic care I received.

Annette Frehling


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