Mary Boyle is a part of the Huntington Hospital family. She has been an
active volunteer in our S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra Gift Shop for years.
When she had a pain that would not go away, she knew she wanted to come
here for care. She came to see Todd Dietrick, MD, to find out what was
wrong and discuss options.
An X-ray revealed that the cartilage between the bones in Mary’s
right hip had worn away. While a cortisone shot would normally help with
the pain, Mary is allergic to it. She would need surgery to replace her
“It was a very smooth process,” she says. “The staff
made sure I knew what to expect, and that made me feel comfortable with
the care I was getting.” Before surgery, Mary took our joint replacement
class, which we encourage all hip replacement surgery candidates to attend.
During class, she learned about the procedure she would be undergoing,
and how to make her recovery easier.
The day after her operation, Mary was already back at home, and thanks
to what she learned in our class, her recovery was fast. She was soon
driving again — and back to volunteering in our gift shop, as well
as traveling, hiking and enjoying her other favorite activities. In fact,
five months after surgery, Mary climbed to the crown of the Statue of Liberty!
“Unless I see the scar, I forget I even had my hip done,” she
says. “I’m not walking on eggshells anymore, like I was before
surgery. I’m able to keep going, and enjoy new adventures with my