Dr. Paul Moore, a Family Practice physician with Methodist Family Medicine,
has experienced the doctor-patient relationship from both sides, and is
walking a lot easier because of it. “I was having a lot of pain
in my left hip. It had been getting worse for several months, to the point
that one day I had to leave my office in a wheelchair,” he explained.
At that point, he sought advice from Dr. Dennis Beck, a board-certified
Orthopaedic Surgeon with
Orthopaedic Associates, who ordered an X-ray and confirmed he needed a hip replacement. Minimally
invasive anterior total hip replacement surgery was scheduled at Methodist
Hospital for April 19, 2018.
Dr. Beck is one of only three surgeons in the area performing anterior
hip replacement and is the Department Chair of Physical Medicine at Methodist
Hospital. He explained, “While traditional surgery involves an eight
to 12-inch incision on the side or back of the leg, the anterior procedure
uses a three to six inch incision on the front of the leg.
“Its advantages include less post-operative pain, faster recovery,
more rapid stability of the hip since the muscles are not disrupted during
the procedure, less scarring since there is a smaller incision, and a
shorter hospital stay.”
Dr. Moore, who has been a full-time member of Methodist Hospital’s
Medical Staff since 1984, was able to return to seeing his patients part-time
in four weeks and was back full-time in six weeks. “During my two
night stay in the Hospital,” he said, “I received excellent
care. I started out with physical therapy three times a week at Methodist
Hospital, and then twice a week before I was released to continue my exercises at home.
“I am very appreciative to Dr. Beck and everyone involved in my Hospital
stay. The therapy was not painful and I found the exercises very easy
to do. I’m back to doing everything I did prior to the surgery.”
As part of a
recent partnership between Methodist Hospital and Orthopaedic Associates, Dr. Beck provides
services to patients of Henderson and surrounding communities at Methodist
Hospital. He specializes in general orthopaedics and total joint replacement.
Orthopaedic Associates has been committed to Western Kentucky since opening
an office on Highway 60 at 340 Starlite Drive in 2011. The office offers
diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, casting and durable medical equipment,
plus scheduled and urgent care patient visits five days a week. They are
open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To schedule an appointment with an Orthopaedic Associates physician, call
PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Paul Moore poses for a photo inside the Therapy Services Department
at Methodist Hospital.