FOR RELEASE: 2/24/2012Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

'Why didn’t I do this sooner?' Fairfield resident says about hip surgery; free lecture March 14 in Trumbull

“The relief from daily pain is incredible,” says Fairfield resident Toni Zeleny about her hip replacement surgery at Bridgeport Hospital. “You ask yourself, ‘Why didn’t I do this sooner?’”

A panel of experts from the Joint Reconstruction Center at Bridgeport Hospital and Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers will discuss the causes of and surgical and nonsurgical treatments for hip and knee pain during the free lecture, “Hip or Knee Pain? You Can Do Something About It, Wednesday, March 14, 1:00–3:00 p.m., at the Trumbull Marriott, 180 Hawley Lane. Registration is required. Call toll free 1-888-357-2396.

Speakers at the lecture include Chief of Orthopedic Surgery David Bindelglass, MD, fellow orthopedic surgeon Joel Malin, MD, orthopedic nurse Karen Essig and physical therapist Amy Mooney.

Toni, 53, wife, mother of three and active volunteer with the Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary, elected to have her right hip surgically replaced to cope with constant pain that prevented her from walking long distances and doing any other types of exercise.

“It was difficult to keep up with my active kids and family life,” Toni says. “At night it was so uncomfortable, it became difficult to sleep. While on vacation, I was in such pain that I couldn’t walk. That’s when I knew I had to have the surgery.

Toni’s surgery went smoothly and she was out of the hospital in five days. Her physical therapy started in the hospital the day after surgery and the therapy continued at home three times a week until she could travel to an outpatient facility.

“Within six weeks of my surgery, I was driving again and feeling so much better,” Toni says. “The Bridgeport Hospital team helped me in so many ways. They have the knowledge and experience to care for their patient so the recovery is faster and with less pain.”

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.