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Dale's Hip Surgery Story

by Dale Diermyer

It’s hard to believe that not long ago, hip pain kept Dale from doing his job.

Dale Diermyer was feeling a pain that he thought might be a hernia. He went to his family doctor, who determined that he had arthritis in his hips.

Dale is a safety and security officer at Divine Providence Hospital, a position that keeps him on his feet and on the move.

“Sometimes it was extremely difficult to walk, especially stairs,” Dale says. “I lived with the pain for almost a year. As it got progressively worse, I was concerned that I wasn’t going to be able to do my job.”

Dale went back to his family physician and was referred to an orthopedic specialist. “I checked out other providers, but Susquehanna Health offered what I needed right here. And the care was as good, or better than anything I could have gotten in a big city.”

So we fixed his hips – faster and better than he ever thought possible. The day after his bilateral hip joint replacement surgery, Dale was up on his feet, in the gym and on his way to recovery.

“To me it’s nothing short of a miracle. I was ballroom dancing within a month after having the surgery. And I was back to work in just a little over eight weeks. I have the confidence again to do the things that I need to do on a daily basis – whether here, at work, or in in my personal life.”

At Susquehanna Health, treating joint pain isn’t a miracle, but Dale will tell you it sure feels like one.

“Here I was a person, who was really unable to do his job the way I wanted to do it. And now, I’m back doing it 100% and leading by example once again.”

– Dale Diermyer, Willamsport, PA