Neva Moten (Hip)

Not Ready for Nursing Home, Aerobic Walker is Agile Again

An aerobic walker for many years, Neva Moten, 65, felt like she’d stepped in a hole one day and never got out. Over two years, her condition worsened to the point where she couldn’t put on a sock or tie her shoe. Unable to turn over in bed, she couldn’t sleep at night. And once she crept downstairs in the morning she did her best to stay there until bedtime.

After trying sports medicine, rehabilitation, and a host of medications, she made her way to an orthopaedic surgeon. He explained how the cup in her once-damaged, and now arthritic, hip had worn, making one leg shorter than the other. With a 20% contracture, she was perpetually bent. “If I straightened my spine, my leg came up at the hip and knee and bent like a stork,” says Neva. “And if I stood up on that leg, I bent forward at the hip and couldn’t stand up straight.”

Now, after Trident® ceramic hip replacement surgery, she can not only stand up straight, she can stretch out flat in bed, enjoy water aerobics, practice yoga, and walk several miles a day. “My friends just can’t believe it,” says Neva. “Before, I was ready for the nursing home. Now I can walk, I can stand straight, and I can smile — hip, hip hooray!”