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Jimmy Marler’s Hip Replacement Story

Jimmy Marler and Grandson

My grandson Payton and I have enjoyed doing things together since he was a toddler, especially football and going out on my boat fishing. When he was only 5, we began a tradition of playing football in our front yard, year-round and almost daily. This meant so much to me that I decided to take an early retirement so I could spend more time with him while he was young.

Painful Hip Changed My Plans

But by the time he was 9, my right hip had painfully degenerated to the point that I could no longer participate in the activities we enjoyed so much. I decided it was time to do something about my hip joint, so I turned to Johnston Health’s Joint Center for help.

Following my initial exam, my surgeon asked me what my goals were. I answered simply, “To be able to get back to where I can play football with my grandson.” He recommended hip replacement surgery, and we moved ahead.

Successful Surgery & Recovery

The surgery went great, and the support could not have been better. Immediately after surgery, the staff began therapy and had me up and walking. Johnston Health Home Care worked with me at home, and once I could drive, I began physical therapy at Johnston Health Rehab at the Medical Mall across from the Smithfield hospital.

They were actually amazed at how well I progressed. I think the secret was strong motivation and really good therapists.

Playing With Payton Again

I focused my energy on rehab, and after six months, my surgeon released me to resume normal activities. I did so cautiously, and a year after surgery, I had reached my goal—Payton and I resumed our football games.

Three years later, I am still enjoying getting out with him and doing the things we love. I am thankful for the people at Johnston Health’s Joint Center, Rehab, and Home Care, and their quality of care.

Contact Us

If you have questions about joint replacement, contact:

Christy Collins, RN
Nurse Manager, Fourth Floor Surgical/Joint Center
919-209-3470
Christy.Collins@unchealth.unc.edu

Laura Vaughn, RN, BC
Joint Replacement Center Patient Navigator, CPM Champion
919-209-3472
Laura.Vaughn@unchealth.unc.edu

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