Back on Course

Like many residents of Buckeye Lake, Mike Diamond’s life revolves around the water on which he resides and his favorite hobby – golfing.

Mike Diamond FMC OrthopedicsSo when persistent pain was keeping Mike, 70, from enjoying the active lifestyle he loves, he turned to FMC for answers, first by paying a visit to pain specialist, Ron Linehan, M.D., of Precision Pain Care in Lancaster.

“I had gone on vacation to Fort Myers Beach in December and couldn’t walk anywhere because of back pain,” Mike said. “Dr. Linehan said it may be my hips that were causing the pain, so he referred me to FHP Orthopedics at Fairfield Medical Center.”

In January, FMC teamed up with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to open Fairfield Healthcare Professionals Orthopedics. The office is located on the first floor of Fairfield Medical Center and care is provided by orthopedic surgeons from Ohio State who see patients and perform inpatient and outpatient procedures at FMC. Through this arrangement, patients like Mike don’t have to travel far from home to receive great orthopedic care.

“I thought if they can take care of the OSU players, they can take care of me,” said Mike, an OSU grad. “So many people out here go to New Albany (for medical care), but I wanted to stay here.”

Mike’s doctor, Ryan Harrison, M.D., confirmed that it was Mike’s hips that were causing his chronic pain. In February, Mike underwent a hip replacement at FMC and spent four days in the hospital’s sixth floor orthopedic unit, which is one of eight Advanced Care Centers in the United States.

“The experience was great,” Mike said. “I was in the hospital four days; on the first day, I could only take a few steps. By the fourth day, I was climbing stairs.”

Mike said he liked how FMC prepares patients for surgery with the help of a total joint class that details exactly what the patient can expect before, during and after the procedure.

“The class was really good – it put me at ease,” Mike said.

With each day, Mike’s hip improved. By early spring, he was back on the green, his golf game as good as ever.

“I’m glad I stayed here for my care and I would recommend FMC to anyone in need of orthopedic surgery,” Mike said.

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