Ann Hyder Amazed By Orthopaedic Recovery With Dr Nick Russell

Ann Hyder - Patient
Dr Nick Russell - Visiting Orthopaedic Surgeon from Warrnambool
General
Monday, 22 May 2017
Just a day after undergoing a knee replacement, Warrnambool resident Ann Hyder is amazed at how fit and well she feels.
Ms Hyder even got to walk with crutches the same afternoon of her surgery at Portland District Health by visiting specialist surgeon Dr Nick Russell.

The operation in Portland provided a quick and easy solution to Ms Hyder’s knee problems.

“I’ve had problems for about five years but had planned to wait for a replacement until I was ready to retire from work,” she said.

Ms Hyder had been told to expect a wait of one to two years but after consulting Dr Russell in Warrnambool found she could have the surgery in Portland within six weeks. Because he is new to this area his waiting list are relatively short for the time being.

When she went to make the booking a place had opened up so she was able to fit in within four weeks of consulting Dr Russell.

“It’s been a great outcome,” Ms Hyder said.

“I had been in a lot of pain and it was affecting my mobility. I thought the operation would be painful but it wasn’t. I’m a bit stiff but have no pain and I’ve been up and about on crutches,” she said, just a day after the operation.

“I can’t speak highly enough of Dr Russell and the whole team at PDH.”

Ms Hyder had a previous operation at Portland District Health and said she would be happy to return again.

At 63 the operation has brought forward her planned retirement but she’s happy with the outcome.

Dr Russell visits PDH two days each fortnight, one for consultations and one for surgery, giving local people access to specialist services and the latest international techniques close to home.

Dr Russell is a specialist qualified orthopaedic surgeon and a fellow of the Royal College of Australasian Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

He has a sub-specialty interest in hip, knee, foot and ankle and extensive experience in managing arthritis, sporting injuries and deformity correction.

Dr Russell moved to Warrnambool in January and has started regular visits to PDH as part of South West Orthopaedic service.

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