Jennifer was 48 years-old, but felt like she was living in a 90 years-old body. Her hip pain was constant from the time she woke to when she fell asleep at night. She needed help just doing simple daily activities. Life was passing her by, so she decided to see an orthopedic surgeon at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, who recommended a total hip replacement. Jennifer is thrilled with her results, and says sometimes she even forgets she had a total hip replacement. She is doing things now she has not been able to do in years. Her only regret is not having the surgery sooner.

Imagining life without joint pain may be easier than you think. The Detroit Medical Center’s orthopedic team specializes in surgical and non-surgical treatments for hip pain. This includes minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, designed to help you recover quicker and with less pain when compared to traditional joint replacement surgery. To see a DMC orthopedic specialist about your options, call (313) 494-9440 or click here to learn more about hip pain treatments.

Andre's Gastric Bypass Surgery Story

Sep 14, 2021

My kidneys were failing and my doctor told me at a weight of 318 lbs, I would never get on the transplant list. His words were, “If you care about yourself in any way, you’ll start losing weight.”

Andre photoI’ve worked hard in my life to get where I am. I recently received my 25-year token from Alcoholics Anonymous, which means I’ve been clean from drugs and alcohol for 25 years. I’m married and my daughter has given us 4 grandchildren. They’re my little diamonds! I also do volunteer work in the community. I’m at a good place in my life these days and I said, “I want to live!” So my doctor referred me to the DMC and their Your New Self DMC Weight Loss Solutions program.

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2016 and began losing weight immediately afterwards. The training I received from Dr. Wood’s staff was so clear and concise. They taught me a new way to think about food. They put me in a position to be successful and that built my confidence. I’ve lost 108 lbs, am no longer diabetic and I’m living the best life I’ve ever lived. More than anything, Dr. Wood and his team didn’t give me a fish, they taught me how to fish!

I had my kidney transplant in 2018 and afterwards I felt like they put a new battery in me! I have stamina now. I’m able to do things I couldn’t do. I’m able to go places I couldn’t go. It’s like having two lifetimes in one.

A lot of people who are overweight have low self-esteem. What I’ve learned is that you have to love yourself. Self-love is the first love. I love me some Andre today...and a whole lot of other people do, too! When you love yourself, you can take the steps necessary to improve your health.

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