John Gehret, M.D., has been active his entire life. Now retired, Dr. Gehret enjoyed a career as an obstetrics/gynecology physician and surgeon specializing in pelvic reconstruction. He managed a busy practice and had a passion for golf. Nothing could slow him down – until wear and tear forced him to do less.
Gehret has had two hip replacements over the past two decades. His most recent hip replacement (May 2011) was performed by Steve Dellose, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at Christiana Care’s Center for Advanced Joint Replacement. Dr. Gehret is thrilled with Dr. Dellose’s work and with the exceptional care he received at the Christiana Care Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington Hospital.
Soon after surgery, Gehret was admitted to the Center for Rehabilitation. Under the direction of a physiatrist – a specially-trained physician who treats patients recovering from serious injury or major surgery – he methodically regained strength and flexibility. Physical and occupational therapists taught him exercises to reduce pain, minimize discomfort, regain strength, re-learn posture and improve range of motion.
Therapists helped Gehret set and achieve goals. They helped him practice and become proficient at specific daily activity skills in the life-skill apartment located within the center. His therapy continued at home for another two weeks, followed by outpatient physical therapy at Christiana Care’s Physical Therapy Plus. Gehret will soon return to the pain-free, active life he has always embraced, which for him is playing as much golf as possible.
Gehret describes his care at the Christiana Care Center for Rehabilitation at Wilmington as “exceptional” and “superior.” He extols the skill, care and patience of the center’s physicians, therapists and nurses.
“Their professional confidence, kindness, and noticeable sparkle have a positive effect on recovery of patients,” he said.