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When Nancy Dougherty’s husband passed away, she was able to find happiness again in the game of golf. She hit the links nearly every day, until she developed debilitating pain in her hip.
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Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic Specializes in Non-Surgical Solutions

By Katy Widrick

When Nancy Dougherty’s husband passed away, she was able to find happiness again in the game of golf. She hit the links nearly every day, until she developed debilitating pain in her hip.

“I was in constant pain at night, which was the worst because I would sleep probably an hour a night,” she says. Just before her 65th birthday, Dougherty was diagnosed with arthritis in her right hip and all signs pointed to hip replacement surgery, something she did not want to go through.

“I was scared to death. I really don’t want to have surgery. I just don’t. A lot of people don’t understand that, but I just don’t want to go through it,” she says.

Dougherty needed another option. Her search for a non-surgical solution pointed straight to Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic. “We used to have tickets to the Orlando Magic since the inception, and of course, there was always a big Jewett Orthopaedic sign there. I figured if they’re good enough for the Magic, they’re good enough for me,” Dougherty says.

Non-Surgical Solutions

Luis Gandara, M.D., instantly set Dougherty’s mind at ease. “He is fabulous,” she says. “I mean fabulous.  Jewett has always been on the cutting edge of procedures and emerging technologies and emerging treatments in the orthopaedic world.”

Gandara is one of the reasons why. He’s a leader in the implementation of a non-surgical treatment called Platelet Rich Plasma. “Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections involve the use of your own blood,” he explains. “We take a sample of blood from you. The blood is made of plasma, and it has some cells called platelets. We take a small sample of the blood and put it in a special machine that separates the platelets from the plasma. Then we inject your platelets into the area of interest. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, and it’s all done right here in our office.” Gandara says.

PRP can be used to treat patients with a variety of ailments, including chronic arthritis, chronic tendon problems such as tendonitis or tennis elbow, and partial tears of the shoulder. He says he’s seen how it can change the lives of patients, some of whom have spent years desperately searching for solutions.

“Most people, most of the time, try physical therapy, oral medications, rest and alternative treatments like acupuncture or stretching,” Gandara notes. “They’ve even tried cortisone injections and other treatments, and unfortunately most of the time, these treatments fail.”

A Better Quality of Life

Gandara says that when he’s able to help, he feels “very grateful for the patient and very grateful that I was able to provide that relief they were looking for.” It wasn’t long before Dougherty noticed significant improvement. “After the third shot, I knew for sure,” she says. “I didn’t have any pain. When I came back I didn’t have any. I was in real, real pain. Now, I’m 98 percent better, without surgery.”

Gandara says most patients will start feeling relief within a month or two, but results vary from patient to patient. Dougherty is sleeping again, her energy is back — and if you’re looking for her these days, you’d better check the golf course because Nancy Dougherty is back in action.

“It’s been wonderful, it really has,” she says. “I feel like I have a much better quality of life.” 

Stop living with pain and get back to the things you love! Call Jewett’s 24-hour appointment line at (407) 629-2444 or visit jewettortho.com to use its online appointment request form. Jewett has 10 Central Florida locations, including two walk-in clinics. 

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