By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: February 2009
Delores Seabolt of Big Cabin, Oklahoma shares her successful experience with Dr. Ronald S. LaButti, who performed her total hip replacement surgery last September.
A few short months ago, Delores Seabolt of Big Cabin, Oklahoma was in so much pain she couldn’t sleep at night. Delores tried everything: she visited several doctors, wore pain patches, got shots in her hip – nothing helped. She decided it was time to start thinking seriously about having surgery. Finally Delores met with a physician in Vinita who directed her to Dr. Ronald S. LaButti of Central States Orthopedic Specialists in Tulsa, the surgeon who would help her enjoy life again. “That doctor really bragged about Dr. LaButti, saying he was an excellent surgeon – the one you want to go to when you need knee or hip surgery,” says Delores.
“I liked Dr. LaButti from the start,” she continues. “He is very meticulous, and he expects his staff and patients to be the same way. I think that’s why he is so successful. He expects everyone to do their part in realizing the absolute best possible outcome. I did exactly what Dr. LaButti told me to do, and I have achieved wonderful results.”
At their consultation, Dr. LaButti took one look at Delores’s X-ray and deemed her an excellent candidate for total hip replacement surgery. “There was bone on bone,” Delores explains. Dr. LaButti performed the operation in September of 2008, and Delores is now overjoyed to be pain-free. “After the surgery I had very little pain and healed much faster than was expected. Everything went great,” she says. “I was in physical therapy for two and a half weeks instead of the usual six. I was walking very soon afterward. In fact, they had to tell me to slow down!”
Delores says she’s always been the type of person who likes to stay busy and is thrilled that she can return to doing things without hurting. “We have cattle, so I like to get out there with them, and I love to work in the yard. I help out my children with whatever they need. I also take care of my mother, Fern Gilcrest, who turns 100 years old in March,” says Delores. “I just have to stay busy; I don’t like to sit still. After the surgery, my husband Loye had to make me take it easy! But now I can do everything I want, without pain. I am so happy and grateful to have my life back.”
The results of Delores’s hip replacement have been wonderful, and she explains that the process itself was positive also, thanks to Dr. LaButti and his staff. “Dr. LaButti has an amazing team. I had a really wonderful therapist, and everyone in the office was friendly. It was just a really great group of people to work with.”
Delores encountered many doctors on her journey to a pain-free life, and Dr. LaButti stands out in her mind for several reasons. “A lot of doctors can’t wait to get you out of the room, but Dr. LaButti takes his time to explain everything so you’re completely comfortable. He records every session and knows exactly what is going on with you,” she says. “There’s a reason everyone has such good words about him. He is not only a good doctor, but a good person. After the success of the surgery, he was as happy for me as I was for myself!”
In addition to working in the yard and taking care of her family, Delores has gotten back to truly enjoying her life’s passions. She loves doing family genealogy, and recently traced her husband’s family 25 generations back. “I actually found out Loye’s mother’s great grandfather was a Cherokee chief, and that the family has ties to Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill,” she says.
If you are living in pain and wish you could take pleasure in your life and hobbies again, give Dr. LaButti a call. He is fellowship trained in joint replacement and reconstruction. To schedule a visit, call (918) 481-2767. Or go online to www.hipandkneedoc.com to learn more.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.