It was a small bump on his hip that prompted Bill Monahan to get an MRI to ensure that his melanoma hadn’t returned. What came as a surprise was that there was nothing wrong with his skin, but his hip bones were a completely different story. Images from the MRI revealed his right hip was rapidly deteriorating.
Upon hearing that difficult news, Monahan scheduled an appointment with Dr. Stanford Israelsen, an orthopedic surgeon at Powder River Orthopedics and Spine (PROS).
PROS are a Campbell County Medical Group clinic that specializes in hip and knee surgeries. After discussing his various options, Monahan and Dr. Israelsen decided to go with a hip replacement surgery.
“From January to March, my hip went down the tube,” Monahan said. “Running is part of my lifestyle. And, by the time I had surgery that lifestyle was gone. It was just too painful.”
For Monahan, choosing to have the surgery in Gillette was an easy decision. He felt confident in the local doctors, and living just a short drive from Campbell County Memorial Hospital made it super convenient.
“I have a lot of faith in Dr. Israelsen. He’s very calm and reassuring.” – Monahan
Despite having major surgery, Monahan was in the hospital for only 24 hours. Even though he had some postoperative pain, the care and compassion offered to him during his time at the hospital helped him to stay positive.
“I had zero complaints about the hospital,” Monahan said. “They treated me with kindness and I have the utmost respect for those who helped me through that.”
Being able to help people improve their lives and feel better is what Dr. Israelsen enjoys most about his job. Helping individuals like Monahan return to their active, everyday lifestyle is why he gets up and goes to work every day.
“I have a lot of patients who can’t walk, or can barely walk, and I enjoy seeing them walk out the door without pain,” Dr. Israelsen said. “I love having patients come back and tell me they’re better.”
Dr. Israelsen also lends his skills to complex orthopedic cases that involve severe injuries from car accidents, falls, and other catastrophic events. These emergency cases can be life-threatening without proper treatment. Dr. Israelsen not only plays a role in saving lives, but also maintaining their quality of life.
“A broken hip can be a life-ending injury if you can’t fix it,” Dr. Israelsen said. “But typically, it’s something you can easily fix and get them back on their feet. That changes the outcomes for patients.”
For Monahan, if he hadn’t had his hip replaced his active lifestyle would have come to an end. “I’m back to my lifestyle,” Monahan said. “I’m happy with the way things are going. I can do all the things I was able to do before.”
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By: Kim Phagan-Hansel, Wyoming freelance writer for CCH