Christine Bartholomew (Hip)


Thirty-Nine and Feeling Fine — Thanks to Trident® Hip

At 38, Christine Bartholomew, RN, was shocked to discover the sharp pain in her hip was the onset of arthritis. Considered young for hip replacement surgery, she endured a year of progressive pain, finding it increasingly difficult to stand, walk long distances, take care of three children, or hobble through 12-hour hospital shifts. When her patients started telling her she looked like she was in more pain than they were, she knew it was time for orthopaedic intervention.

Ever since her surgeon removed a painful cyst that had developed under diseased cartilage and implanted a ceramic-on-ceramic Trident® hip with a titanium stem, Christine has been “ecstatic.” “When I found out Stryker had come out with a ceramic hip, it motivated me to do the research and have the surgery right away,” says Christine. Now pain-free, she’s glad she did.

Encouraged by the potential durability of the Trident® hip for younger, more active patients, she feels great “peace of mind” for the future. “The door that closed — because I was worried about losing my job, becoming homebound, going on disability and parking in handicapped spaces for the rest of my life — suddenly opened,” says Christine. “Now I can vacation with my family, walk up and down my steps, and work without worrying”.

She adds, “I didn’t think I would ever have a normal life again. And now I do. I am very grateful to Stryker Orthopaedics for giving me my life back.”