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  • Total hip replacement allows patient to again enjoy the comforts of home

    Virginia Lee, 73, of Rome, admits to being somewhat of a homebody, especially during the winter months. Back, knee and hip problems in recent years have made it difficult for her to get around. But when her pain became so severe that she could not even lie down in her bed at night, Lee decided it was time to get out and find someone who could help her. She found that someone close to home, in Dr. Mihail Radulescu of Rome Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
    Mihail Radulescu, M.D., FRCSC, or “Dr. Mike” as his patients know him, is an orthopedic surgeon with extensive training in joint reconstruction. To Lee, however, he is so much more.
    “Dr. Mike is one of the most compassionate doctors I have ever had,” Lee said. “He listens to you. A lot of doctors don’t seem to have the ability to listen but he does. He is very understanding, and he is very considerate.”
    Lee said that as her doctor, Dr. Radulescu was very clear with her as to what she could expect from her total hip replacement. Although the surgery wouldn’t resolve her back issues, she was reassured that it would relieve her hip and groin pain caused by the erosion of cartilage in her hip.
    “Dr. Mike showed me the x-rays and how my joint was lining up,” Lee said. “He took the time to explain everything to me and never rushed through anything. He makes you feel like you are the most important patient. When he said I needed total joint replacement, I said ‘let’s do it.’ I had total confidence in him.”
    “When a patient’s pain cannot be relieved with other more conservative treatment, when their pain is increasing and their range of motion and quality of life are decreasing, or if they are experiencing bone on bone arthritis, it is time to consider joint replacement options,” Dr. Radulescu said.
    Lee had her surgery in July. She spent three weeks recovering in Rome Memorial Hospital’s Short Term Rehabilitation Unit where she received daily physical therapy. While she was there, Dr. Radulescu visited her several times to see how she was progressing.
    After she was discharged from rehab, Lee continued with physical therapy at Chestnut Commons Physical and Occupational Therapy, 107 E. Chestnut St., Rome. Josh Griffo, PT-DPT, was her physical therapist.
    “Dr. Mike recommends a pre-operative physical therapy visit to obtain baseline measurements such as the patient’s hip range of motion and the strength of the hip, knee, and entire lower extremity,” Griffo said. “Based on the patient’s performance with these tests and measures, we formulate a prescription for pre-operative physical therapy if we believe they could benefit from improved range of motion, strength or practice using assistive equipment prior to surgery because the more available range of motion and strength before surgery, the better the prognosis for recovery post surgery.”
    Griffo said that every patient’s recovery follows a different timeline based not only on their pre-operative screen, but also on their past medical history, any other pre-existing health conditions that may interfere in the healing process, age, tolerance to pain and physical activity.
    Physical therapy typically focuses on pain-minimizing techniques and modalities early on in the course of treatment and then emphasizes improved motion and functional mobility with return of strength typically being the last phase of recovery.
    “Josh and all the staff at Chestnut Commons Physical Therapy are great,” Lee said. “Sometimes it is hard to push yourself to do the exercises but Josh helped me stay positive. I would definitely recommend Chestnut Commons Physical Therapy to anyone.”
    Lee said she would also highly recommend Dr. Radulescu to anyone who may be experiencing joint pain.
    “Dr. Mike is so good and I am so much better now,” Lee said. “I could do things a month after my total hip replacement that I couldn’t do more than a year after my previous hip surgery. It is so good to be able to sleep in my bed again.”
    Dr. Radulescu is accepting new patients at Rome Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, located in Chestnut Commons, 107 E. Chestnut St., Rome. The practice accepts urgent and same-day referrals. Laboratory, x-ray and Chestnut Commons Physical and Occupational Therapy are conveniently located in the same building. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 315-338-9200.


     Virginia Lee 

    total hip replacement surgery that relieved
    her chronic hip pain, simple everyday
    household chores are much easier for
    Virginia Lee.  The surgery was performed
    by Dr. Mihail Radulescu at Rome Memorial