Glad to be back on the ice
Rich Delaney, the president and CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, feels significantly better today because of the two hip replacements he received at Cape Cod Healthcare this past summer.
Delaney, who is also an amateur ice hockey player, had the surgery after feeling stiff for a period of time. His arthritis had begun to take its toll on his hip joints so significantly that it had affected his posture and gait. His wife, Karen, noticed how slouched over he had become and how his walking pattern had changed in response to the pain he felt.
Determined to do something proactive to ease the pain, Delaney began researching doctors in Boston and on the Cape. He chose Paul Dimond, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Falmouth Hospital, for his hip replacements because of his experience and positive patient outcomes.
Delaney’s right hip was replaced on March 19 at Falmouth Hospital. His left hip was replaced four months later on July 11.
From the receptionist who greeted him at Falmouth Hospital to the preoperative staff and the recovery nurses who helped him afterwards, all were professional and helpful, he said.
“Everyone was extremely courteous and I was well cared for, without exception,” he said.
Also of particular interest to Rich was the alternative medicine available to surgical patients at Falmouth Hospital, including Reiki, therapeutic massage, and guided imagery, which he credits for part of his positive experience.
“The image I kept in my mind was me skating outside on a pond in the wintertime under a full moon in the quiet of the night,” he explained. “This helped to keep me calm, centered and helped to ease my anxiety.”
Delaney has now recovered from his surgery and is enjoying renewed health. Some aspects of life with hip replacements have surprised him.
“My hips are now nickel cobalt with a ceramic ball,” he said. “My work often takes me to Boston, and three weeks after surgery I had a meeting at the State House where I was very surprised when I set off the metal detector at the entrance,” he said with a smile.
As for his hockey game? “Well, we’ll see soon,” said Rich.