By Erika Z. Byrd
JFK Memorial Hospital has consistently earned five-star ratings in hip replacement and knee replacement as well as hip fracture treatment from HealthGrades over the past several years. In 2012 and 2013, the hospital also received an overall Award of Excellence from HealthGrades for Joint Replacement. HealthGrades independently analyzes 5,000 hospitals each year and is a leading online resource for information about hospitals and physicians.
One patient who is especially happy to tell others about his five-star experience at JFK Memorial Hospital is Rob Ballew, Chief Executive Officer of the Family YMCA of the Desert. In early November 2012 and again in January 2013, Ballew, 60 of La Quinta, had a hip replacement at JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio.
“I was dumbfounded when I learned that my hips were in need of repair,” said Ballew after he received a diagnosis of osteoarthritis in both hips. “I am a swimmer and was a water polo player which really doesn’t put much stress on the joints. I was in denial.”
Over the next year, he tried physical therapy, supplements and everything he thought possibly might help. None of it did, he said. “I came to the reality that no matter what I thought, my body had a different idea,” Ballew said.
“I came to terms with the fact that the only way to relieve the pain was to have my hip replaced. And, it was not just one, but both hips. It started with one and the other one got tight.”
Orthopedic Surgeon Raj K. Sinha, MD, PhD performed Ballew’s procedures utilizing minimally invasive techniques and implants made of titanium alloy, tantalum, and high density plastic.
“Rob’s recovery went very well,” said Dr. Sinha. “He was in good shape to begin with and had a good mental attitude. He followed directions and had a smooth recovery which is why he was able to have the second hip done so quickly afterward.”
Recounting his patient experience, Ballew said, “On the day of my first surgery, I saw familiar faces from the pre-op appointment and they treated me like family. I was a little nervous, but this gave me a good feeling.”
“What I’m telling people now is – hip replacement surgery is not as bad as you can imagine it to be. The recovery is quick and there was no pain in my case on either occasion. The pain management was exceptional. There’s pressure when you stand, but that isn’t pain. Secondly, most people are like me, either in denial or they thought they could avoid it some other way. I wish I would have done this earlier and saved myself from months of pain.”
JFK Memorial Hospital
47111 Monroe Street, Indio, CA 92201
• Physician Referral: 1-800-343-4535
The Bone & Joint Institute
47647 Caleo Bay, Suite 200, La Quinta, CA 92253