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Patient Story: Mila Holy

Hip replacement patient, Mila HolyYears of active living and sports injuries took a toll on Mila Holy’s joints, but a joint replacement procedure at Duke Regional Hospital gave her a fresh start.

“My hips have been stiff and sore since my early 30s, and after tearing the ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] in my right knee, my right hip got progressively stiffer and more painful,” says Mila, a 57-year-old Cary resident.

“I gave up skiing, playing tennis and other high-impact activities and took up therapeutic yoga, which helped. But during the past few years even walking became very uncomfortable. I began to experience stabbing pain in my hip and leg, and eventually my right leg started buckling under me. Something had to change.”

Mila and her surgeon decided anterior based, muscle-sparing hip surgery at Duke Regional Hospital was the right option for her. This alternative to conventional hip-replacement surgeries is completed through a four-inch incision in the front of the leg, avoiding the need to sever muscle.

After the procedure, Mila stayed in the hospital for just one day and was comfortable enough to sleep. Just months after her hip replacement, Mila was back doing the things she loves, like cycling, swimming and taking on challenging terrain at a walking pace.

The Forward Motion Joint Replacement Program at Duke Regional helps patients prepare for life-changing joint surgery and for life after it is complete. The program includes a class that teaches patients what to expect before, during and after their procedure. After surgery, physical therapists, occupational therapists and discharge planners who specialize in orthopaedic care help patients transition back to regular activities in a safe, structured environment. For more information about Duke Regional’s unique approach to caring for joint replacement patients, visit