Richard Hudson

“With my new hip, I feel like a new man!”

—Richard Hudson

A year ago, Richard Hudson (left) was living in constant pain. “On a scale of 1 to 10, the pain in my back was a 9.5,” Richard says.

“At the end of the day, he would almost crawl into the house,” says Richard’s wife, Carol. “He was so bent over, his arms were almost touching the ground. He was in awful shape.”

So last November, Richard went to Wyoming County Community Health System. X-rays revealed the problem: his right hip was bone on bone. Dr. Paul Mason (right), a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, performed a total hip replacement. “After the surgery, it was so beautiful how the nurses hugged me and told me everything had gone well,” Carol says. “And Dr. Mason took the time to talk with me give me his encouragement and advice.”

“I was in the hospital three nights, and I could not have received better care,” Richard says. “And my physical therapy team at Wyoming County Community Health System was fantastic.”

Today Richard is back to enjoying life on his 20-acre farm. “I’m getting up and down off my tractor and cutting 32-inch diameter logs with a chainsaw, and there’s absolutely no pain,” Richard says. “My wife says I’m acting like a teenager, I’ve got so much energy. I wish I had done this a long time ago.”