GRUNDY CENTER - The Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) understands knee pain and weakness. The knee is the largest joint in the body and acts as a shock absorber for the body. The cartilage in the knee can become damaged over time, due to wear and tear, injury, aging or arthritis. When that occurs, the bones of the knee grind against one another and may cause pain even from normal daily activities such as gardening and climbing stairs.
Grundy Center resident, Maris Byrnes, used to experience this pain on a daily basis. Maris has been a dedicated walker, walking twenty-four blocks every day. But as the pain in her knee got worse she started to decrease the number of blocks, first to twelve then to six and eventually she was not walking at all. "The pain was interfering with my daily activities and not allowing me to do the things I've always done, that was when I knew, it was time to have my knee replaced," explained Byrnes.
Now, four months after surgery Maris walks 20 blocks every other day and has even gotten back to 24 blocks on a couple of occasions. She says, "It's just wonderful, now when I walk, there is no pain, I can do the things I want to do, I have my quality of life back."
When severe knee pain interferes with the things you want or need to do, your orthopedic surgeon can help you determine if it is time for knee replacement surgery. The procedure may be right for you if non-surgical treatment such as medications, physical therapy, and the use of walking aids do not relieve the pain; there is aching in your knee followed by periods of relative relief or pain in the joint after extensive exercise; you are no longer as mobile as you would like to be; or your knee becomes stiff after periods of inactivity or rest.
GCMH Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Douglas Cooper and Dr. Margaret Fehrle see patients on Mondays and Thursdays and would be happy to discuss your pain and ways to alleviate it. Dr. Cooper graduated from his residency program at the University of Iowa in 1993. He is licensed through the Iowa State Board of Medical Examiners and certified through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Fehrle graduated from her residency program at the University of Iowa in 1996. She is licensed through the Iowa State Board of Medical Examiners and certified through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
"The Grundy County Memorial Hospital provided me with a perfect experience, from Dr. Cooper, my surgeon, to the nurses, to the Therapy staff, everyone was so helpful, and caring and encouraging. And being able to do all that in my own town, without being a burden on my family, well that's really something," says Byrnes.
A total knee replacement will likely improve your quality of life by improving the motion and movement in your knee. Research has been done to suggest that 90% of total knee patients experience decreased knee pain after surgery.
For more information about using GCMH as your hospital of choice for orthopedic needs call the hospital at 319-824-5421 or visit our website at http://www.GrundyCountyHospital.org.