- May 10, 2016
This is what arthritis looks like on an x-ray. What we’re seeing now is a lot of patients, younger patients with early arthritis and, and why is that? Well patients are more demanding on their knees. My job, I was in special operations for a good part of my career. Been Afghanistan, a number of times Iraq, a number of times. All the running and jumping eventually wore the knee out to the point where we had to replace it.
Now in Jeffrey’s case, this is the exact implant that he got. I used a special total knee with him, one that has recently come on the market. And is a kinematically driven knee, which means the way that it moves is more like our native need.
I can tell right away that there is no pain on the joint that I had before and just a lot of flexibility right from the get-go. And we used to be admitted for a week or 10 days after total knee.
Now we’re on the cusp of doing same-day total knees. It’s just amazing how much it can change. My knee was beginning to get worse and worse. I had had arthritis in there for many years.
Before I had surgery, I was actually to the point, I couldn’t walk stairs. I had to use a cane. You don’t need to be a trained orthopedic surgeon to see that. It just looks better. Dr. Garlick really understood me and what I needed out of this surgery, that I wanted to continue to be active well into my eighties if possible, to continue playing the sports I love. Thank you, Dr. Garlick.