Orthopedics Patient Stories

Sue Ellen Belden was tired of being in pain and health care providers not knowing what was wrong. Despite her discouragement, she took a friend's advice and decided to seek help one more time at Bronson HealthCare Midwest Orthopedics & Joint Specialists. With the help of Dr. James T. VanHuysen and Dr. David J. Christ, Sue Ellen was finally diagnosed with damage to her hip joints. Dr. Christ performed two anterior approach hip replacements. Read Sue Ellen's story.  


Carole Majka suffered hip pain for two years before deciding something needed to be done. “I was tired of feeling older than my age getting into my car, having to grab my pant legs to get myself inside,” Carole said. She received a hip replacement by anterior approach, performed by Dr. David J. Christ of Bronson HealthCare Midwest Orthopedic & Joint Specialists. 


“As I was preparing to have hip surgery, I just knew I didn’t want to go right home and take care of myself. I did my research and chose to go to Bronson Commons after the surgery. It was the best decision I ever made!” 


Janet Smith

Janet Smith’s arthritis pain came on fast. The usually spritely, 75-year-old soon found herself walking with a painful gait and a cane. Her X-rays revealed that bone disintegration had shortened her right leg by three inches and her doctor recommended surgery. Although her pain was excruciating, Janet felt hopeful after meeting Orthopedic Surgeon Andre Oulai who performs his surgeries at Bronson Battle Creek.


Ron Hanna is no stranger to hospitals.  Chronic arthritis runs in his family. Over the years, he’s had surgeries at multiple hospitals to repair his left hip, spine and both knees.  When the 77-year-old retiree needed his right hip replaced, all of his friends recommended Bronson Battle Creek. 


Dave Bunt
Dave Bunt is a personal trainer at the Bronson Athletic Club. When Dave tore his ACL in a basketball accident, he was worried that he would never be able to resume his daily activities. Bronson Orthopedics & Sports Medicine literally gave Dave another shot at playing basketball again. 


Every time Nora Hardy walked into a room, she looked for something to lean on. When the pain from standing became unbearable, Nora went to Bronson Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. After two hip replacements, Nora is back to work without the pain.



Just six short weeks after total knee replacement surgery, Jane Reetz was walking on the beach in North Carolina.  She was amazed by how quickly she had recovered from total knee replacement surgery and returned to her favorite activities.  “I was able to take stairs to the beach without pain or the use of a cane.  I was even able to play on the beach with my grandkids!”



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