Are you considering whether or not to have Total Knee Replacement Surgery? A total knee replacement can feel like a new lease on life for many; however, it is major surgery and does come with some risk. Here’s a short video that may help you decide if surgery is right for you.
George Buchert is a proud grandfather of 7 grandchildren, with two more blessings on the way! He has always enjoyed an active lifestyle, playing tennis, golf and exercising daily. But what he truly loves is spending time with his grandchildren. In fact, he had big plans to play ball with them as they got older.
Recently, George began to suffer with arthritis in several of his joints.
“The pain in my knee severely limited my ability to walk. I could do about 10 minutes before I had to sit down,” said George. “I couldn’t accompany my family on walking excursions. If I tried to walk too much, swelling and pain resulted.”
After consulting with an orthopedic surgeon, George decided to have a knee replacement surgery.
“I asked my physician what I could do to ensure an easy and prompt recovery and he recommended physical therapy to strengthen my legs and my breathing,” said George.
George seeked out Kevin Dessauer, DPT at Baudry Therapy Center to devise a pre- and post-surgery plan to improve leg strength, increase his range of motion, and get his knee fully functional again.
“I told Kevin that if I could return to playing tennis 8 weeks after surgery, that would be an amazing outcome,” said George.
“I love when patients have a specific goal like George did,” said Kevin Dessauer. “He was motivated and willing to do anything and everything that I threw at him throughout the entire process. He would consistently ask me what he could be doing at home to make a difference in his outcome. He put the work in each day not just the days he came to therapy.”
Eight weeks passed and George was on the tennis court hitting balls again.
George said, “I believe working hard to strengthen my knee prior to surgery was the reason I recovered so quickly and with minor pain. With the help of Baudry Therapy Center, I continue to gain leg strength. The team at Baudry was outstanding. They developed a personalized plan for me and the follow through was A+.”
George is pain-free and back to playing tennis and with spending time with his grandchildren.
If you are someone you love has had a knee replacement surgery and wants to return to the activities they enjoy, call Baudry | BRIO today and schedule your evaluation today!