Neila's Ortho Story

Jun 6, 2019

Local librarian regains strength, active lifestyle after hip replacement

Neila Burwick, orthopedic patient, Delray Medical Center

As a librarian, Neila Burwick is constantly on her feet. She loves working at Florida Atlantic University, but her work became nearly impossible when she started having hip pain.

"For years, I adjusted and tried to ignore the pain. I was limping and constantly wincing when I walked," she says.

"Over time, it just became a way of life for me, and it kept me away from exercising and being physically active. I knew in the back of my mind I needed surgery, but all the stories I've heard about things going terribly wrong frightened me."

Neila 's perspective changed, though, when her husband had successful orthopedic procedures done by Dr. David Buchalter at Delray Medical Center.

"I knew that if I had to have surgery, I would go to Dr. Buchalter," says Neila.

Dr. Buchalter used the anterior approach, a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t cut into muscle tissue, which means quicker recovery and less pain.

Neila’s experience at Delray Medical Center brought her comfort and reassurance, right from the start.

"When I came to Delray for the day of the procedure, I noticed I was in the same room my husband had been in when he had his surgery," she says, "and we also recovered in the same room. I felt these coincidences were a sign that everything was going to be all right."

Neila left Delray after three days and soon began regaining her strength and her step. She went on to earn her master’s degree in library science from Wayne State University, and credits Delray staff for helping her begin this new chapter.

"I can't say enough about the staff and medical professionals at Delray Medical Center. They were so attentive and met every need I had while I was a patient," she says. "I'm back to working out again — and pain free."

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