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Is knee surgery right for you?

August 20, 2010
Reinbeck Courier

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. The cartilage in the knee can become damaged over time due to wear and tear, injury, aging, or arthritis. When this occurs, the bones of the knee grind against one another and may cause pain during normal daily activities such as climbing stairs or standing for a long period of time.

When severe knee pain interferes with the things you want or need to do in life, 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.

GCMH Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Douglas Cooper and Dr. Margaret Fehrle see patients weekly 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.

GCMH surgery staff will take care of you before, during, and immediately after your surgery. Our surgery team takes pride in taking the very best care of your during your surgical experience. We want you to get back to the activities which are most important to you. Please visit with your healthcare provider to see if you might benefit from seeing our orthopedic surgeons.

For more information on other GCMH services please call 319-824-5421 or visit www.GrundyCountyHospital.org.

 
 

 

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