Kelly, ADVANCE STATURE® Femoral Components
Kelly's life as a hard-working attorney came to a complete standstill in 2005 due to intense pain in her knees. The pain originated from torn ligaments she had suffered in both knees, which led to arthroscopic surgery and a series of continuous falls because her knees were so weakened. The unbearable pain took over her career, marriage and social life.
As an attorney, Kelly is required to stand many hours in a courtroom; however the debilitating pain in her knees made this nearly impossible and she eventually had to cease in-person court visits. Kelly stated, "I had to reschedule my entire life, the pain took over my work and social life." Kelly lived a completely inactive lifestyle, unable to enjoy the simple daily pleasures of life, like going to a movie or even moving around comfortably. "I was forced to crawl up the stairs to my bedroom and my husband would bring the dinner upstairs."
Kelly went to see Dr. Paul Lux at The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis, who recommended a total knee replacement for both her knees with Wright's ADVANCE STATURE® Femoral Components. On April 2, Dr. Lux performed a total knee replacement on both her knees. ADVANCE STATURE® Components feature a tapered design to address the implant sizing needs of patients with a narrower knee anatomy or smaller skeletal frame. Previous knee replacement options had a universal sizing approach. However, research has shown that knee replacements specialized to fit each patient add greater stability and mobility. Although women are generally smaller than men and may require smaller knee implants, patients of either gender may possess a physical stature that would benefit from a narrower implant design.
When Kelly returned home from the hospital just four days after surgery, she was very proud to be able to climb the stairs to her bedroom by herself, with the help of a cane, free of pain. Kelly said that before the surgery she was miserable and would cry every day. "I haven't cried since my surgery, except right after my surgery when I walked down the hall with no pain for the first time in my life. I had tears of joy." A physical therapist visited Kelly's home for three weeks after surgery and now she attends physical therapy as an outpatient.
Kelly couldn't be happier that she can resume a normal lifestyle. She is no longer using her cane and she is back in the courtroom. Kelly stated, "My friends, family and co-workers all notice that the pain is gone- they say they can tell in my face, and that my attitude is changed." Kelly is thrilled that she can resume her social life, and she recently attended a block party where she stood for over four hours free of pain and was able to go to the mall for the first time in two years.
The ADVANCE STATURE® Component has had an enormous impact on her life, even changing her view for the future. "I am very excited for everything I can now do, like walking around during lunch, working in the yard, having a better social life and even doing household chores. I am so happy that I giggle all the time."
These results are specific to this individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level.
There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.
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