Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Pawleys Island, S.C. — Joint replacement patients celebrated their recovery by dancing last Thursday evening.
The Georgetown Hospital System’s Next Step Services held its first Joint Replacement Reunion Dance at 3:30 p.m. at Pawleys Plantation.
More than 25 joint replacement recipients took to the dance floor as Deejay Jeff Benton played Rock-n-Roll, Hip Hop and R&B hits.
“Our last survey brought up the fact that another facility had a dance for their joint replacement patients, so we thought a dance would be a good idea to let us see how they are doing and could give us recommendations for what we could do better,” said John LaRochelle, vice-president of the Next Step Services.
“Younger patients are now getting replacements and they play golf and get back to their regular activities soon.”
Viveret Morton had a knee replacement on her 56th birthday.
“I wanted a new knee for my birthday,” she said.
“It’s been 10 months and this is the best gift I ever gave myself. I am now pain free.
She added that the dance was a good ideal for the hospital.
“It’s good to see people mobile and dancing and back to doing activities,” added Morton.
Joan Smith of Georgetown and Elizabeth Hileman of Pawleys Island both had knee replacements in January 2013.
Elizabeth was on the dance floor doing the electric slide and other line dances with other knee replacement patients.
“This has been a lot of fun and it was nice that the hospital did this for us,” said Hileman.
The group line dancing instructors were register nurses Janet Parris and Kathy Dowling.
Joint replacement, a surgical procedure to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint (called a prosthesis), may be considered only after other treatment options have failed to provide adequate relief from pain.
The Georgetown Hospital System’s Next Step Services joint replacement is among one of the top 10 percent in the country.
By Rounette Johnson
For The Times