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Linda Seamars' Hip Replacement Surgery

Linda Seamars underwent hip replacement surgery, performed by Dr. Matthew Squire. Here's her story.

 

Linda Seamars, back on her bikeI'm now 52 years old. I had a bad hip from birth, which natural aging and arthritis made worse. I was to the point where I could barely walk and was in absolute agony - couldn't work, couldn't sleep, was completely miserable.

 

Dr. Squire performed a right hip replacement on me on November 19, 2010. The first week I used crutches. By the second week I was using a cane. By the third week I was slow but walking completely unsupported.

 

I returned to work as a mail carrier six weeks after surgery, casing my route in the office and delivering curbside, businesses and apartments. To be safe, I did not resume full walking duties until the middle of March, when the snow and ice were gone.

 

At that time I was able to work a full eight-hour shift, walking a route. I followed orders to resume my bicycling, with a gradual build in endurance and effort.

 

By the end of summer I was riding 65-70 miles at a time with no problem. It's absolutely great, like none of it every happened.

 

How great to be pain free and active again!