Local 84-year-old Woman is Back to Zumba after Hip Surgery
Nancy Jones is an active 84-year-old, North Plainfield woman who loves
to swim, walk, dance, and even take Zumba classes at her local YMCA. She
had never broken a single bone, until this spring when while vacationing
with friends in the Dominican Republic she missed a step, fell and broke her hip.
“I’ve never felt pain like that before,” says Nancy.
“Nothing like that had ever happened to me – I’d never
had anything in my body broken before.”
After falling, Nancy was treated at a local hospital in the Dominican Republic,
but the pain was so intense that she had to use a wheelchair for the remainder
of her trip. She decided she would pursue medical treatment once she was
back in the U.S.
The moment her plane touched down in Newark, she headed to Newark Beth
Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.
Surgery Leads to Recovery
Nancy was admitted to Newark Beth Israel and met with orthopedic surgeon
John Neal, MD, who confirmed she had a displaced femoral neck fracture of the hip.
He provided Nancy with surgical options to treat her condition and determined
that a partial hip replacement was the best option.
“Dr. Neal is a jewel. We reviewed all of my options together,”
said Nancy. “I was in a lot of pain, but he always made me feel
Dr. Neal says he believes in putting patients in the driver’s seat
by explaining the surgical and healing process to them in detail because
it is key to empowering his patients. “I always try to find ways
to describe the injury so that they understand it. If you understand the
injury and what the treatment options are, then patients are more comfortable
making decisions about their health and recovery.”
Road to Recovery… Back to Zumba
The surgery was successful, and Nancy is already back to her active lifestyle.
She is now driving and walking on her own, and has returned to the YMCA,
where she once again swims, practices Zumba dancing and even plays volleyball.
“She’s done incredibly well, because she is a motivated patient,”
says Dr. Neal. “She was fully engaged and able to work well with
her physical therapy.”
“It comes down to determination,” says Nancy. “I wasn’t
going to let this injury stop me. You have to say to yourself, ‘This
is what I’m going to do.’ And then
do it. I haven’t stopped yet!”