Sarah Putman

Today I hiked 16 miles on the Appalachian trail, not bad for a 55-year-old woman but even more remarkable, given that 7 months earlier I couldn’t walk for 40 minutes without agonizing pain in my left hip. I had a torn labrum.

This pain was not unfamiliar to me as two years before I had the same pain in my right hip. My right hip pain started years ago and I had been to several local doctors in my small town who just had no idea of what was going on. I’m an athlete and so this issue was becoming more and more of a problem, finally when the pain became excruciating on a week long 125 mile backpacking trip, I had an MRI. I took the slides into the local orthopedic doc who did not even glance at them. He asked for the written report, read back to me what I had already read myself and sent me to PT stating that I might require surgery but he could not do it. Here is where my luck started to change; my PT had just been to a lecture given by Dr Wolff and thought that I may be a candidate for arthroscopic hip surgery. I made an appointment. As soon I met Dr. Wolff I knew he was different.  He put up every slide, started measuring things and asking all kinds of questions, he was not interested in reading the report, he was interested in me and what I do and what I could no longer do. He understood my active lifestyle and my hopes for an athletic quality of life despite my arthritis issues. I had surgery a month or so later.

Sarah Putman biking following hip arthroscopy surgery with Dr. Wolff.

Sarah Putman biking following hip arthroscopy surgery with Dr. Wolff.

Within six weeks I was back on my bicycle, within four months I was back to light hiking and in seven months I was doing everything I usually did (yoga, teaching body sculpting classes, 200 miles per week of biking,  etc.)

The surgery was minimally painful and I was given a booklet of instructions to take to my PT. Dr Wolff is very sport-knowledgeable and so instructions were individualized for me. He assured me that this hip would not keep me from hiking the entire Appalachian trail, which was my dream after our kids were grown.

Well, long story short, two years after the first hip tear came the second one. Dr Wolff was no longer “in network” but I didn’t care, I wasn’t about to trust anyone else.  This time the surgery was even easier than the first time and the recovery even quicker (partly because I was less impatient and didn’t push so much).  Dr. Wolff was willing to inject both of my knees at the time of my surgery and he and his awesome assistant, Alex, just made everything easy and hassle-free.

When Dr.Wolff fixed my left hip he also “tightened it up” which ended up being quite a bonus for me.  Besides arthritis in both knees I had had a stabbing constant pain in my left knee after surgery. That pain is gone. I cannot say enough about how grateful I am to Dr. Wolff.  Without him I would be a very debilitated and depressed person.  He has also restored my faith in health care providers; I felt like a person and not an anonymous number or body part.  Dr Wolff knows me and my husband and understands our lifestyle, he has been realistic with me while also being optimistic and enthusiastic about possibilities for me. I have recommended and do recommend Dr Wolff to anyone struggling with knee or hip joint problems. I will always start with him and if he cannot help me I will trust his judgment on who to go to. Thank you again for everything!

Sarah Putman kayaking following hip arthroscopy surgery with Dr. Wolff.

Sarah Putman kayaking following hip arthroscopy surgery with Dr. Wolff.