Rhonda, ADVANCE® Medial-Pivot Knee
Rhonda always loved sports. Through the years she played basketball and tennis competitively, but her favorite sport was golf, which she took up more than 20 years ago. As she grew older and high impact sports became more challenging, Rhonda started playing more golf; playing an average of 3 days per week. In 2006, Rhonda began feeling a pain in her knee. At first, it didn't impact her golf game, but slowly she began feeling more pain and playing less and less golf.
When the pain began, Rhonda used conventional methods to treat it, such as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, ice and a brace. None of these methods proved effective, so she underwent arthroscopic surgery and received cortisone shots. Despite some short-term relief, the pain always returned quickly and intensely. Rhonda grew increasingly frustrated by her inability to participate in regular golf outings. When she couldn't walk the golf course or practice putting or driving, she knew it was time to seek a medical opinion.
Rhonda scheduled a consultation with Dr. Scott Corpe, an orthopaedic surgeon who was referred to her by friends. Upon a through examination of Rhonda's knee, Dr. Corpe suggested Rhonda undergo a knee replacement.
At first, she hesitated, but Dr. Corpe explained how Wright's ADVANCE® Medial-Pivot knee was designed to mimic the natural movement of the knee and help restore range of motion. After learning how far knee replacement technology had advanced from the past, Rhonda decided not to waste any more time in pain. "I had two options, I could continue to watch people play golf or I could undergo knee replacement surgery and get back on the golf course, myself."
Rhonda underwent surgery on October 14, 2008 and the results have been fantastic, according to her. After surgery, she awoke for the first time in recent memory without the throbbing, arthritic pain she had grown accustomed to. She began her physical therapy just one day after surgery and was walking with a cane within two weeks. With each passing day, she felt stronger and healthier than she had in several years.
Six weeks after surgery, Rhonda returned to the golf course to practice chipping and putting. She even hired a golf coach to help her improve her game. Within ten weeks of her operation, she was playing in the Georgia State Amateur Golf Tournament. As Rhonda said, "I can't believe how much my arthritic knee impacted my golf game. My golf game is better now that my joint has been restored."
Wright's ADVANCE® Medial-Pivot System is designed specifically to replicate normal knee motion by bending, rotating, and twisting - all with a high degree of stability and range of motion. The ADVANCE® Medial-Pivot Knee replicates the knee's natural anatomy and helps provide more patient confidence and stability1 than other knee implants.
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.
Only a physician can tell you if this product and associated procedure are right for you and your unique circumstances. Please consult with a physician for complete information regarding benefits, risks and possible outcomes.
- Pritchett, JW, Patient preferences in knee prostheses, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Vol. 86-B, No. 7, September 2004