With five grandchildren, two children, a husband and a business to run, Andrea Bray, 69, of Silver Spring could not let a painful hip slow her down.

“I have rheumatoid arthritis, and when you have a chronic pain illness, you get used to it,” Bray says. “But the pain I was experiencing in my hip was going beyond that threshold.”

Then Bray met with Zohair Alam, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at The Joint Replacement Center at Washington Adventist Hospital.

“Andrea wasn’t sure if she wanted surgery at first,” Dr. Alam says. “But it was clear to me that she was motivated to live an active life, and I wanted her to know she didn’t have to live that life with such extreme pain.”

Adds Bray: “Dr. Alam was thorough, professional and kind. I own a hat store in Silver Spring, and it requires a lot of walking to service my customers. I realized surgery was the best option to keep me going at the speed I wanted to be going at.”

Integrated Care

In fall 2011, Bray had a total hip replacement at The Joint Replacement Center at Washington Adventist Hospital, where she was looked after by a coordinated care team of specially trained orthopedic nurses, techs, therapists and a clinical nurse specialist/patient educator. The team at the center is dedicated to the care of all joint replacement patients from pre- and postoperative education to rehabilitation and recovery.

“The Joint Replacement Center at Washington Adventist Hospital creates seamless, integrated care for joint replacement patients like Andrea,” Dr. Alam says. “We offer innovative techniques to replace or preserve a joint, while at the same time providing patients with a comfortable, homelike environment to heal in.”

Says Bray: “The day after my surgery, I was up and moving around. I appreciated the one-onone care I received and the fact that my family felt welcomed and comfortable when they would visit. I even got to order my meals off a special menu. I almost didn’t want to leave!”

Smooth Transitions

Bray made such great progress at The Joint Replacement Center that she was discharged just two days after her operation. She continued her recovery at the Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital in Takoma Park for another week before transitioning home.

“This experience taught me that people like me don’t have to suffer,” Bray says. “Thanks to Dr. Alam and my orthopedic team, I can keep on strutting!”