Anne W New Hip, New Life

“I got a round of applause!”

Joint replacement surgery using an advanced technique relieves a Jackson woman’s pain.

Anne Wisniewski had hoped the worst was over. In July 2022, she fractured her hip as the result of a fall at her house. She underwent surgery and physical therapy to help heal the fracture, but by mid-January 2023, her pain had grown nearly debilitating. “Something just wasn’t working right,” says Anne, 88, of Jackson.

After trying some further conservative treatments, her doctor recommended she see David F. Wiener, MD, a board-certified, fellowship-trained expert in total joint replacement surgery at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus and a member of RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group.

When she first saw Dr. Wiener, Anne was in so much pain that she needed a wheelchair. “She couldn’t walk more than 20 feet without stopping, and the pain was with her every night,” Dr. Wiener says. “But I felt confident that a total hip replacement could help her get up and walking again.”

A ‘Smart’ Knee Replacement

As part of their commitment to advanced orthopedic care, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch and Community Medical Center in Toms River are the first hospitals in the region to offer smart knee technology for total knee replacement surgery. The technology consists of a device—the first of its kind worldwide—featuring implantable sensors that allow clinicians to collect data on outcome-related factors such as average walking speed, steps taken and range of motion, helping to ensure the best possible recovery.

A Fresh Approach

Hip replacement surgery can be done in one of two ways— with a posterior approach, using an incision at the back of the hip, or with an anterior approach, using an incision on the front of the hip. Both are effective but have different advantages depending on the patient. Dr. Wiener specializes in the anterior approach, a technique he’s used exclusively for about a decade.

David F Wiener MD
David F. Wiener, MD

“I’ve found that the anterior approach leads to less pain and faster recovery because it spares muscle tissue around the hip,” Dr. Wiener says. “The anterior approach also lowers the risk for dislocation dramatically. And, because it’s performed under X-ray guidance, it increases the odds for getting leg length correct after surgery.”

That latter point was important for Anne. “When I first saw him, Dr. Wiener told me that one of my legs was shorter than the other—and I had never realized that before,” she says.

Dr. Wiener replaced Anne’s right hip on May 8. Two days later, she was home from the hospital. “I had pain for maybe a day or two, and it’s gone away since,” Anne says. Two weeks after surgery, she had a big surprise for Dr. Wiener: She walked into the office under her own power, assisted by a walker. “I got a round of applause!” she says.

Although she’ll likely always need some assistance from a walker, Anne is now pain-free and doing her regular household chores. She’s grateful for Dr. Wiener. “He’s very pleasant, has a great sense of humor and told me everything about my surgery in detail,” she says. “My daughter has already recommended him to other people we know.”

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