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Testimonial – Hip Surgery

May 25, 2023

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Hip to Better Health

Las Vegas resident Antonia Garduno thought joint pain was a part of aging. On long car rides or after sitting for a while, her right hip hurt, and her leg felt tired. The pain made walking difficult. Eventually, she asked her primary care provider about it.

An X-ray determined she needed orthopedic care. For the first time since bringing her youngest child into the world 42 years ago, Antonia visited Alta Vista Regional Hospital. 

Back in Stride

Originally, Antonia asked for a cortisone injection, but it was too late. There was no padding in her joint, so bone rubbed on bone. She met with Mital S. Patel, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, and one of only a handful of surgeons in New Mexico to perform anterior approach hip replacement. Surgery was the only long-term solution.

On Nov. 10, 2022, Antonia was prepped for surgery. She was at the hospital for approximately 8 hours before leaving on a walker.

“Everyone at Alta Vista Regional Hospital did a great job — Dr. Patel, the anesthesiologist and nurses,” Antonia says. “I was scared going into surgery, but they were very professional and helped put me at ease.”

While she had some pain in the early days of rehabilitation, she has graduated from physical therapy. Now, she’s staying active, regaining her strength and going for long walks without any pain. She recommends Dr. Patel to anyone who needs a hip replacement. 

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Dr. Patel is an independent member of the medical staff at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

Patient results may vary. Consult your physician about the benefits and risks of any surgical procedure or treatment. 

Mital Patel, MD

Fellowship trained Orthopedic Surgeon

Independent member of the medical staff

Dr. Patel is an independent member of the medical staff at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

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