Bilateral Knee Replacement Can Work for You

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If you would have seen John Reed earlier this year, you would have seen a man taking one painful step after another, while leaning heavily on a cane. Months later, it’s a different story for the 69 year old.

“I didn’t take this lightly,” said Reed. “I was in increasingly severe pain for almost the last 20 years, mainly in my right knee, but in the last few years, my left knee has also bothered me.”

It’s that pain and the desire to have a bilateral knee joint replacement that led him to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. “When I was a teenager, I had been through knee surgery and rehab on one knee, so I knew I wanted to get both my knees done at once,” Reed said.

While he had mentally prepared himself for surgery, the experience at the Sentara OrthoJoint® Center was beyond expectations. “If it wasn’t for the staff at Sentara, I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am,” said Reed. “From the moment I walked in to register to the moment I left, each and every member of the team had a positive attitude and treated me and my family with respect and grace.”

It’s that dedication to care that is the hallmark of the Sentara OrthoJoint® Center. “Our focus is to provide extraordinary, individualized care and remain in constant communication for patients and their families to ensure seamless coordination and excellent outcomes,” said OrthoJoint Nurse Navigator Ada Vega-Diamantis, RN.

In the seven months since his surgery, Reed’s range of motion has returned, he’s walking more than three miles a day, and he’s stronger than ever before. He says it’s all due to his care team: “They’re angels from God!”

To learn more about the Sentara OrthoJoint Center® and find a specialist, call 1-800-2ORTHOJT.


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