LiveWell Patient Story: Moving forward without knee pain
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
With both knees gnarled by arthritis, Nancy Walsh knew that if she wanted to lead an active life, she’d need two total knee replacement surgeries. She also wanted the procedures done at Genesis HealthCare System. The one thing she wasn’t sure about centered on timing. How could she overcome the pain and get back to life in the least amount of time possible?
“The pain just kept getting worse, and I knew it wasn’t going to get better. I had put off surgery for years, and it got so that I couldn’t walk down the hall without crippling pain – and that’s even with my high pain tolerance,” Nancy said. “So, I decided it was time to put my best foot forward. Once I made that decision, I wanted to act quickly.”
Nancy scheduled an appointment with Corey Jackson, D.O., Board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon at the Genesis Orthopedic Center. Not only had she heard positive reviews about him, but he had removed fluid from her knee months earlier. During that initial interaction, Nancy appreciated how Dr. Jackson answered her questions and thoroughly explained her knees’ deterioration.
Now that Nancy felt ready for surgery, she hoped for a speedy path to healing. She asked Dr. Jackson about operating on both knees the same day, but for safety precautions, he suggested scheduling her surgeries at least two weeks apart.
“Typically, if someone needs both knees replaced, we schedule them three months apart. That said, I listen to and work with our patients to best meet their desires and provide optimal results. So, as long as Nancy’s first knee healed smoothly, I felt good about performing the second total knee replacement surgery on a tighter-than-normal schedule,” Dr. Jackson said.
“I believe my knees are working so well because of Dr. Jackson’s skill in placing them and how the physical therapy team helped me push through recovery. I have no pain. I run around all day, and I’m ok! I returned to work just five weeks after my second surgery, and I’m fully enjoying life. It’s amazing,”
Things did go smoothly. With each procedure, Dr. Jackson utilized advanced navigation technology to ensure precise placement of Nancy’s knee replacement components. Then, during the recovery stages, Nancy fully committed herself to physical therapy.
“I believe my knees are working so well because of Dr. Jackson’s skill in placing them and how the physical therapy team helped me push through recovery. I have no pain. I run around all day, and I’m ok! I returned to work just five weeks after my second surgery, and I’m fully enjoying life. It’s amazing,” Nancy said. Dr. Jackson agrees that Nancy’s results are fantastic.
“She had terrible knees, riddled with severe arthritis. They were as bad as they could be. It’s incredibly rewarding to see Nancy now. She’s a prime example of why our Genesis Orthopedic Center exists – to help our community members overcome orthopedic challenges and get back to the things they love,” Dr. Jackson said.
With her new knees and fresh future, Nancy is dreaming of travel adventures for her upcoming retirement years. She looks forward to walking and cruising around the world without knee pain.