In Pain No More: Tiergan's Journey to Recovery

Tiergan Caléy is no stranger to pain—she’d survived a near-fatal car accident—but when she turned to Fairview Ridges Hospital, the hip pain caused by her arthritis was insufferable. “I’ve been very active throughout my life and [the pain] was limiting my life,” Tiergan says.

That’s when Teirgan made the decision to have hip replacement surgery.

Tiergan came to Fairview Ridges after learning about Joseph Nemanich, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who works with various conditions including cartilage and ligament injuries, arthritis and fractures.  “He was just absolutely remarkable,” she says. “There’s trepidation anyway going into surgery, so anyone considering an operation at Fairview Ridges Hospital—you’re in good hands with Dr. Nemanich!”

“It felt like a real well-oiled machine,” Tiergan says. “Everyone was so involved and there was such passion. I could tell that this was a very well-thought out program.” She received the full suite of her services at the hospital, including her physical therapy.

Tiergan was home just three days after her procedure, one of the many reasons she’s quick to point out that her skilled surgeon was only one piece of her comprehensive recovery team. And while she said she was very disciplined in her physical therapy—thanks to years of yoga, classical ballet and ice skating—Tiergan said the support of the medical staff at Fairview Ridges Hospital, before and after her procedure, was crucial to a successful recovery.

“You have to work at it,” she said. “And everybody encouraged you and supported you. You could tell they cared.”

Tiergan wrote to the hospital after she returned home to thank all of the staff, everyone from her on-site physicians to the housekeeping staff. Growing up in a medical family, Tiergan said she has developed a keen eye for quality medical care.

“Two words come to mind when I think about my time at Fairview Ridges Hospital: Affability and passion,” she said. “Everyone was so friendly and they cared so deeply about their work. And not just one person—the system as a whole.”

Muscle, bone and joint pain shouldn’t keep you from participating in the activities you enjoy. Learn more about Fairview’s orthopedic and sports medicine care options for people of all ages and abilities.


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