Being active is something that is important to Debbie Behnke of Lake Crystal. Exercise and a healthy lifestyle helped her lose more than 100 pounds. And, at the Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center she is the corporate manager, a water aerobics instructor and lifeguard.
Something happened to Debbie three years ago that altered her active lifestyle. She was bringing a chair up from her basement when her leg suddenly got “stuck” and she fell forward. She thought she pulled a muscle.
Debbie got to a point where she could not do the things she had been able to do.
“I had so much pain I would literally cry,” she said.
Not being able to exercise led to some weight gain. Debbie said her husband suggested she see a chiropractor. She also tried acupuncture but neither was providing any relief.
Debbie next went to The Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic in Mankato to see Dr. Steven Curtis. An MRI showed arthritis in her hip. Cortisone injections were done but Debbie still did not have any relief from the pain in her hip.
Dr. Stevens then referred Debbie to his colleague, Dr. Kyle Swanson. After an exam he determined Debbie needed hip surgery.
Through the OrthoEdge program Debbie had her hip replacement surgery at River’s Edge Hospital in St. Peter in March 2015. Debbie recalled something Dr. Swanson said to her husband post -surgery, “I can see why she was in so much pain. The ball joint inside the socket was flat and was bone-on-bone.” Debbie said this was not picked up on the MRI and was seen during her surgery.
Debbie had her surgery on a Tuesday and was discharged on Friday. “It was awesome,” she said about her stay at River’s Edge Hospital. “The staff communicated well to each other and was very caring.”
Debbie’s OrthoEdge care team consisted of Dr. Swanson, a physician’s assistant, the hospitalist, nurses and physical therapists.
Today Debbie says she is at about 80 percent. She is working, teaching water aerobics and lifeguarding. While she knows there are some things she will not be able to do – like cross her legs or ankles when sitting and jogging, she is looking forward to continuing her healthy lifestyle without pain in her hip.