George Murrell was very active, loved to walk, exercise, ride his stationary
bike, but hip pain restricted his movement. He was hunched over, in constant pain.
“I was always a walker and that was gone from me. I couldn’t
do it. I couldn’t get dressed. I needed help. Now I’m up doing
exercise 4:30 in the morning. It’s a pleasure to do those things
In December 2016, he had his left hip replaced at the Joint Replacement
Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway .
“I wish I had done it sooner. Now I can go where I want to go and
do what I want to do. I feel great. Recently I was walking with my wife
and she told me to slow down. I didn’t know I was walking so fast.
It’s a new beginning. I’m pain free and going back to things
I was normally doing – walking, riding the stationary bike.”
“Where you have your surgery is so important. I needed a little more
help and they were there for me.”
Prior to surgery…
I couldn’t live with the pain. I was taking a lot of pain medication.
I wouldn’t even go to church with my wife. I couldn’t walk
or stand up or sit down. Now I am going to go back to church and maybe
I’ll even start singing again.”
Before the surgery, I was in so much pain, but I was really afraid: afraid
of the operation and the recovery. I was thinking I would need to recover
in a nursing home because of my blindness and the operation. I even picked
out a home. They told me I didn’t need that. They had everything
I needed to recover and that I could recover at home and I did. ”