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Patient Calls Hip Replacement Flawless

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  • Written By: Felicia Messimer
Patient Calls Hip Replacement Flawless

Rocky Mathison

Rocky Mathisen, 55, wouldn’t have recommended Campbell County Health four years ago, but he sure would today. According to him, it has improved 100%.

“It was one of the best experiences I have ever had, and that’s no joke,” says Rocky.

He is no stranger to surgeries. He had one hip replaced in 2011 and the other in late 2014. Before that, he had back surgery.

“My hips simply wore out. It was painful to walk and I was having a hard time keeping up with my job,” he says.

Rocky is the maintenance supervisor at CAM-PLEX, where he has pretty much worked the last 25 years, not counting a few detours along the way. He and his wife Tanya came to Gillette in 1990 where they raised their four kids—all of whom graduated from Campbell County High School. Three of his children still live and work in Gillette.

Rocky describes the whole hospital experience as great, praising “everybody down the line from the surgeon to his assistant, to the nurses and the physical therapist who came to my house from Home Health.” He is especially grateful to Dr. Hans Kioschos with Powder River Orthopedics and Spine.

“That man is an artist. To be able to put in a prosthesis and attach it to the femur through a 3.5 inch incision has got to be tough. He’s my hero,” says Rocky. “He moves the muscles out of the way so they don’t get cut and you heal faster. It was a flawless experience,” Rocky concludes.

Rocky’s recovery was quick and he has remained pain-free. He’s happy to be back climbing ladders and keeping up the grounds at CAM-PLEX.

*The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

PROS staff

Quality Orthopedic Care in Gillette

  • Overall infection rate for WYOS providers in 2014 = 1.43%
  • Post-op Surgical site infection rate for all surgical procedures nationwide is 1.9%*
    *CDC NHSN (Centers for Disease Control, National Healthcare Safety Network), January 2015, modified April 2015
  • Total Hip readmission rate* for WYOS providers in 2014 = 0%
    *Patients readmitted to the hospital within 30 days
  • Complication rate for all orthopedic procedures in 2014 = 0%

Care at Home after Surgery
Did you know that professionals from CCH’s Home Health department will come to your home after surgery and help you recover? After his hip surgery, Rocky Mathisen received regular visits for two weeks. “They helped me do daily things before I was able to get up and moving,” he says.

Home Health Services available:

  • Skilled Nursing
  • Home Health Aides
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Medical Social Services
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Direct Billing Services

Services are available 24 hours, seven days a week and are often covered by insurance with doctor’s orders. Call 307-688-6230, or visit

Rehab to Recover More Quickly
After surgery, rehabilitation is often recommended. Rehabilitation Services at Campbell County Health offers:

  • Extensive staff of PTs and OTs with expertise in post-surgery care
  • Top of the line rehab equipment
  • Only therapy swimming pool in Gillette
  • Recently remodeled facilities

Conveniently located in the same building as WYOS and the Powder River Surgery Center, just east of the hospital at 508 Stocktrail Ave. Schedule an appointment at 307-688-8000. Learn more at

Patients who need more extensive, inpatient rehab and physical therapy can utilize the Transitional Care Unit (TCU) at Pioneer Manor.

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