Zimbelman goes half way around the world

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
   Two years ago Karlyn Zimbelman of Conrad began to have problems with her hip and was experiencing pain. This past April her pain was becoming more and more intense in her hip.
   A trip to her doctor and resulting X-rays showed her hip socket was just bone-on-bone. A follow up trip to see an orthopedic surgeon in Great Falls showed the same diagnosis.
   She had just become a candidate for a hip replacement.
   During a traditional hip replacement, which can last 1-3 hours, the surgeon makes an incision over the side to the hip through the muscles and removes the diseased bone tissue and cartilage from the joint, while leaving the healthy part of the joint intact.
   Then the surgeon replaces the head of the femur and acetabulum with new artificial parts. The new hip is made of materials that allow a natural gliding motion of the hip.
   Following this, Zimbelman read an article in AARP Magazine about a woman who had gone overseas, to New Delhi, India to be exact, for a hip replacement.
   More research by Zimbelman led her to Active Implants, an Israeli company that developed a new solution for hip replacement that, “mimics nature and promises patients with the long-term solution they are searching for,” says Stephen Bradshaw, CEO of the company.
   At the present, this hip implant is not FDA approved. However, it is available overseas and this was what Zimbelman chose for her operation. “I felt this was the best and least invasive for me,” she said.
   Arrangements were made for her daughter Tonya Sanders, who lives in Missoula, to go to India with her. Their journey began on June 15, flying to Minneapolis and on to New Jersey and then to Amsterdam the next day. After a six hour  layover there, they flew on to New Delhi.
   She and her daughter arrived in New Delhi at 11 p.m. It was after midnight by the time they cleared customs and exchanged their   money for rupees, the Indian currency.
   They were met by a representative of the host company who helped arrange the trip and taken to a guest house in a walled-gated community where they would be staying. They also had a car and driver at their disposal.