A mum who suffered from debilitating arthritis while she cared and grieved for her late husband will be free from pain in her hip for the first Christmas in four years after the joint was replaced in an operation at Spire Regency Hospital in Macclesfield.
"It's absolutely wonderful
to be free of that
Catherine Glasson, Wilmslow
Catherine Glasson, from Wilmslow, first began experiencing aches and pains in her right hip on return from holiday in the autumn of 2008. But soon after, her husband Geoffrey, was struck down with a double aortic aneurysm – swelling of the artery which supplies blood from the heart to the rest of the circulatory system. He was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester for emergency surgery, but surgeons concluded it was too risky to operate.
Over the following two years his health severely deteriorated, as he suffered the implications of the two aneurysms, and later also developed bowel cancer. Throughout the time leading to his death Catherine acted as his main carer – assisting him with many aspects of his daily routine as he was increasingly unable to manage independently.
But at the same time, Catherine’s own health problems were also getting worse. The 74-year-old remembered: “It started off feeling like my hip was aching – but it had been a busy schedule on the trip and I just put it down to that at first. “But it didn’t go away – it continued to bother me, and soon got worse. But at exactly the same time my husband became very ill – understandably it was a very difficult time for us, and it certainly wasn’t the time for me to be out of action recovering from an operation of my own.”
After Geoffrey passed away in 2010, Catherine’s priorities shifted from caring and spending time with her husband, to grieving his loss and making the necessary practical arrangements. The result was that by the time she sought help from her GP at the start of 2012, her condition had severely deteriorated. “I was hobbling around using two sticks – I could hardly walk at all - and it was hard to get in and out of the car,” Catherine said. “The pain was constant and I found it very difficult to sleep in bed – I couldn’t turn over or get comfortable. “I knew something had to be done.”
She was referred to the Spire Regency for treatment on the NHS and underwent the hip replacement procedure in May, under the care of orthopaedic surgeon Mr Steve Kershaw. She also had her right leg lengthened using a metal rod to correct the discrepancy with her left. Now, seven months on from the procedure, Catherine is thrilled with her improved quality of life and looking forward to Christmas with her daughter Sarah.
“The difference is incredible,” she said. “I’m driving again and am so much more mobile, it’s fantastic. And of course it’s absolutely wonderful to be free of that constant pain.” Catherine praised the work of the Spire Regency Hospital and its team of dedicated staff for the amazing difference they have made to her life. “I was always hoping to be referred to Spire Regency,” she said. “Right from the word go Mr Kershaw put mine and Sarah’s mind at rest. I knew the situation was bad and it was a worrying time, but he was so reassuring and explained in detail exactly how he could help.
He really understood my situation. “Everyone across the whole hospital helped make my experience of Spire Regency such a positive one – from the receptionists to the catering staff, the physiotherapist, nurses, the cleaners, and of course Mr Kershaw. Every member of staff was marvellous – it felt like a real ‘family’ hospital, such a small and warm environment, and they were all so kind.
“I already knew about the good work of Spire Regency and would recommend the hospital to anybody – I am so grateful for all they have done for me.” Mr Kershaw said he was thrilled to hear the positive effect the operation is having on Catherine’s life. He added: “Hip replacement surgery is a well-established, successful treatment for disabling hip pain caused by arthritis – a condition which can have a huge impact on a person’s quality of life. “Mrs Glasson worked hard after her surgery to regain her independence, and I am glad that she is enjoying pain-free living once again.”
For more information about hip replacement and other orthopaedic procedures at the Spire Regency Hospital contact Pat or Annie on 01625 505 412/406.