My name is Larry Workman and #thisismyknee
For many years now, my two great passions have been playing with my grandkids and managing my 300-acre farm and vineyard in Kentucky. Both of these require a LOT of physical activity. Whether it’s managing the vines, keeping land mowed and cleared, riding the tractor or playing hide and seek, I was often on my feet for hours at a time. And I loved every minute of it.
That all changed three years ago when knee pain caused by osteoarthritis made physical activity almost impossible for me. It began gradually and then became severe. Very quickly the list of things I could no longer do grew. I could not handle many of the daily chores in my vineyard, or even pick the strawberries in my garden - and there was no way I could keep up with the grandkids.
After enduring the pain as long as I could, I decided enough was enough. I had to do something about the pain. The first option I turned to was cortisone injections, which provided some temporary relief but eventually stopped working. Once again, the pain became unbearable. I did some research and learned about Dr. Vivek Neginhal, a surgeon at Scott Orthopedic Center, who was using a new option in customized joint implants. He initially thought I might need only a partial knee replacement, but based on my X-rays he determined that I needed a full knee replacement. If this would ease my pain, I was ready to go.
I didn’t really know that there were different options for knee implants. While I was waiting in Dr. Neginhal’s office, I saw a poster that described something called a “fully customized knee” from ConforMIS. I asked him about it, and he said he thought it might be a great option for me. After I left the office that day, I did some research about ConforMIS and found many glowing reviews from patients. There were dozens of positive messages about the process used to develop the customized implant, the procedure and how patients recovered. Based on what I read, it sounded like a customized knee might help me get back to my normal routine faster.
My surgery went great, and I was able to return home three days later. The recovery process included group therapy at the hospital twice a day and then local conventional therapy three times a week. I surprised myself and my physical therapist by being able to ride a stationary bike with a full pedal cycle only one week after my surgery. Right from the start I rarely had to use my cane to get around. My recovery progressed, and three weeks after surgery I didn’t need any assistance to walk. For the first time in a long time, I could bend down in the garden and then stand back up without that severe pain in my knee. I could finally get to those tasty strawberries!
Today I am an active 73-year-old and it’s hard to believe my surgery was three years ago. I continue to be so thankful for my ConforMIS knee. It was the absolute right choice for me and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a knee replacement. With this implant, I had a very good recovery and have been able to maintain the active lifestyle I want. I can work every day and can usually keep up with the grandkids! I even get to the fitness center for a workout three times a week, and whenever I can I tell everyone there about my knee and Dr. Neginhal. I am also trying new things— just recently I took a trip on a steamboat down the Mississippi River. Something I probably could not have done with severe knee pain. For me today, it’s gardening, grandkids and so much more. I tell my friends with knee pain: “Stop missing out on what you love to do!”
The content of this post is not considered to be medical advice or replace consultation with a qualified orthopedic surgeon. Speak to your doctor to decide if joint replacement surgery is right for you. Individual results may vary and not all patients will return to the same level of activity. The opinions expressed in this post represent the experiences of the author and not the opinions of ConforMIS.