By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: October 2009
Jane Patton, a teacher at Muskogee High School and an avid gardener, received a successful total hip replacement from Dr. Ronald LaButti of Central States Orthopedic Specialists.
Jane Patton of Checotah, Oklahoma says because hip dysplasia runs in her family, it was not a big surprise when she found out three years ago that she needed hip replacement surgery. “My mother and brother both had hips replaced,” says Jane. “A doctor in Tulsa performed my mother’s surgery, and my brother had one hip replaced in Dallas and one by a prominent doctor in Chicago. He tried to convince me to go to the Chicago doctor, but I’m so glad I didn’t. Mine actually turned out better than both of theirs! It was pure luck that I was referred to Dr. LaButti – he was absolutely wonderful.”
Jane’s orthopedic surgeon was Dr. Ronald S. LaButti with Central States Orthopedic Specialists in Tulsa. He is fellowship trained in total joint replacement and reconstruction. “I began experiencing hip pain a very long time ago,” explains Jane. “In 2006, my primary care physician recommended a total hip replacement. Deciding on a surgeon began with the question, ‘Who takes your insurance?’ Dr. LaButti was on that list, and by good fortune he was the one who ended up performing the operation – it was a total success.”
“After the surgery, it was like boom!” Jane says with a laugh. “I had a totally new lease on life – the pain and discomfort were completely gone.”
Most people would agree that undergoing surgery is not the most pleasant thing in the world. But according to Jane, Dr. LaButti makes the process as painless and anxiety-free as possible. “I was amazed at how attentive and focused on my comfort he was. Before the surgery, he walked through the procedure, showed me the prosthesis, explained what to expect in terms of scarring and pain – he went through every little detail, so I never felt anxious or worried. After the operation he came in and spoke with the nurse to make sure I was comfortable, even checking that the pillows were propped up behind me!”
Dr. LaButti’s thoroughness has proven to be legendary among his patients. “If he had any question mark at all in his mind, he would send me in for testing before moving forward. For example, I have a heart flutter, and he made sure that I see a cardiologist before the operation, just in case.”
The hip replacement surgery was a life-changing event for Jane. Before, she was in constant pain. “There was no comfortable position to be in – it hurt to sit, lie down and walk. For anyone considering a hip replacement, I think the most important advice I received from Dr. LaButti is, ‘Don’t wait.’ If pain is affecting your lifestyle – you take the elevator instead of the stairs, you’re gaining weight because you don’t want to walk – it’s time to do something.”
A Spanish teacher at Muskogee High School, Jane now enjoys her life free of pain. And she is able to do all the things required by her favorite hobby, gardening. “The first thing I asked Dr. LaButti was if I would be able to kneel down to garden, and he assured me that I could.”
Not only is gardening important to Jane, but so is fashion. “I also asked him if I would be able to wear this great pair of three-inch slingback heels I have,” she laughs. “I was thrilled when he said ‘yes.’”
“Dr. LaButti is thorough, professional and reassuring, and he gets good results. There are no surprises with him – he will prepare you mentally and emotionally for the operation.”
For more information, go online to www.hipandkneedoc.com.
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.