• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Goodbye to pain after long-delayed hip surgery

May 5, 2019

The thought of hip replacement surgery made Blake Robinson extremely anxious, and for years, he put off the procedure. But when the pain became too much to bear, his medical team helped Blake overcome his fear. Now with the surgery behind him, and his hip pain gone, he's grateful for the high-quality care he received. 

Preparing for a surgery can be nerve-wracking. Nearly everyone is at least a little unsettled in the days leading up to a procedure, not knowing exactly what to expect, but Blake Robinson was highly anxious. The 58-year-old Eau Claire, Wisconsin, man — whose only surgery had been a tonsillectomy in childhood — put off the hip replacement surgery he sorely needed for years, largely held back by his fear of the unknown.

But the pain finally got the best of him, and he could put off surgery no more. That's when, Blake says, he'll forever be thankful for the understanding and supportive orthopedic team who took him through the process of his total hip replacement.

"Every person knew their job," Blake says. "They did it well. They were courteous. They were kind. It just amazed me." Read the rest of Blake's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.