"Hi, I'm Donna, a 53-year-old woman who lives in Reedley, California. About six years ago I started having left hip pain that went down to my knee. I spoke to my regular MD about this pain but she said it was probably from a past back injury. She gave me pain medications and sent me to therapy. The therapy only helped for a short time, maybe one or two months. After going back and forth to the doctor and therapy for four years I finally convinced my family MD to send me to an orthopedic doctor and I choose to go to Dr. Gill. After just some simple X-rays he told me what I feared the most, I needed a hip replacement. This was in August 2010. Unfortunately, because of my job, I could not take enough time from work to recover, so I had to wait until May 2011. I think Dr. Gill probably thought I was crazy to wait that long, but he said ok.
I had to go through a lot of different tests but finally May came. Two weeks before surgery I had a pre-surgery appointment with Dr. Gill and it was at that time we discussed my right hip, which he said was bad. By then I was having lots of pain in the right hip. He then asked me if I would like a cortisone shot in the right hip to help with the pain and I told him I would try it so I could recover better. He sent me to Dr. Smith for the shot and it worked. I had surgery on May 16, 2011, at Fresno Community Hospital. I stayed in the hospital three days then was sent home to recover. While I was in recovery Dr. Gill came to see me and asked me how my pain was. I couldn't believe it but I was pain free. The only pain I had was from where I had been cut, nothing in the hip. It was wonderful to be able to tell him I was having no pain. After 18 visits for physical therapy, I continued to make a full recovery, with follow-up appointments every few months to Dr. Gill. He allowed me to have two more shots of cortisone to the right hip during the year. This allowed me time to recover plus be able to work for the year while I waited for May, 2012 to come along so I could had surgery on my right hip.
On May 30, 2012, Dr. Gill replaced my right hip and I am now recovering from that surgery. I have had very little pain in my thigh, not my hip, with this surgery. It is now almost seven weeks after my second surgery and I am so glad that I got to have Dr. Gill as my surgeon. He has given me back a normal life without pain. Every employee that I encountered at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics has been very nice to me and has helped me with any problems I might have. I have and will continue to highly recommend Dr. Gill and Sierra Pacific Orthopedics to people I know and have met during these last two years. Many Thanks go to Dr. Gill for all the great work he does for all of us. Thank you again." -- Donna H.