"I'm the luckiest girl around."
When pain in her knee and hips caused by an old car accident became intolerable, Michelle, age 53, was at her wit’s end. "The pain got to the point that it was even hard to walk," Michelle says. She and her husband gave up boating, and playing golf was becoming increasingly difficult. After a consultation with a surgeon—who told her that as long as she could still walk, he wouldn't operate—Michelle was devastated. Then a friend suggested Virtua's minimally invasive, quad-sparing joint replacement. Michelle was thrilled to be able to go ahead with the procedure. Today, Michelle is back to boating and swinging away on the course. And, she got an extra bonus. "Ever since I had my knee replaced, there’s less strain on my hips, and the pain there has gone away!"
“I feel like a new man now.”
As a husband, father, mail carrier, sports stadium usher and outdoorsman, Charlie, age 61, wasn’t ready to slow down. But eventually, the pain from arthritis kept him from doing the things he loved. “I could barely walk through the mall to Christmas shop with my daughter,” Charlie recalls. Now, after replacing both knees with Virtua’s minimally invasive, quad-sparing technique, Charlie can’t believe how much better he feels. He even bought a bike for the first time in his life. “Anything my family wants to do, I’m ready for!”
“I couldn’t be happier.”
Sharon, age 62, is a design consultant for a custom home builder. “I’m out in the field walking through homes under construction all the time. So obviously I have to climb ladders,” Sharon says. When the arthritis pain got so bad that it limited her lifestyle, Sharon elected to have each of her knees replaced with Virtua’s minimally invasive, quad sparing technique. Three weeks after her second replacement, she was back at work and back to doing the things she loves like gardening, dancing and walking on the beach. She says, “There’s just so much that I can do now that I couldn’t do before. It’s like I’m a different person.”
“It’s just life changing.”
Retirement is often a chance for people to do their favorite things. For Charles Schafer, age 78, that meant working on home improvement projects. Unfortunately, pain in both of his knees started to slow him down. “It got to the point where I almost had to pull myself up ladders,” Charles says. And when he needed to pick up supplies from a big building supply store, he often had to use an electric cart to get around. Now, after getting both knees replaced with Virtua’s minimally invasive, quad-sparing technique, Charles couldn’t be happier. “It’s given me a new lease on life.”
“Nothing’s going to stop me from working…or working out.”
David was 44 when an X-ray showed his hip had deteriorated to that of a 70-year-old man. The pain was interfering with his construction job and his passion for fitness. One of David’s coworkers had undergone traditional hip replacement surgery four months earlier. David says, “He still has a limp. I said, ‘No way, that’s not for me.’” David had minimally invasive hip surgery at Virtua. He says, “I was walking with a cane in two weeks. My first day back at work, I rode my bike. It’s about a 4-mile ride. Nobody could believe I could do that.”
“I just felt so comfortable.”
Having injured her knee at age 21, Eleanor suffered from knee pain all of her adult life. “Over the years, I had increasing pain and more and more difficulty walking,” she recalls. “It really compromised my life.” As a nurse who understands the recovery process, she joked with her rheumatologist that when she found a minimally invasive surgeon, she’d be ready. Her rheumatologist referred her to Dr. Scott Schoifet, who replaced her right knee using a minimally invasive, quad-sparing knee technique. Now, not only is Eleanor back on her feet, but she’s back on a bike—something she hadn’t been able to do for 35 years.
“I feel 16 again.”
In spite of three arthroscopic surgeries for a torn meniscus, John Dower, age 70, couldn’t do a lot of things because the pain in his knees was just too much. “I couldn’t stand for a long time and I couldn’t walk without limping,” he says. After his wife had minimally invasive, quad-sparing knee replacement at Virtua, and was back to work in three weeks, John said, “I want to go where she went!” After having his own replacements done at Virtua, John’s not just standing around. “Now I can dance all night. I can do anything.”
“Life’s incredible now.”
After 8 years of living with knee pain, Joe, age 52, got used to not being able to do everyday things. “It got so bad that steps were my enemy,” Joe says. He has young children and felt like he was missing out on important moments in their lives. After a recommendation from a friend, Joe met with Dr. Rajesh Jain regarding Virtua’s minimally invasive, quad-sparing joint replacement. “The comfort that I experienced with Dr. Jain was incredible. I felt so at ease.” Ease was important to Joe, since he needed both knees replaced. Shortly after his second surgery, Joe was enjoying all kinds of activities—like playing with his kids. “Life’s incredible now. It’s better than I ever thought it could be.”
“Nothing can slow me down.”
Michael recalls, “Two years ago I couldn’t cut my lawn. I had way too much pain in my knee.” Today, he can’t believe how quickly minimally invasive knee replacement surgery transformed his life. “We were just on vacation. I walked from one end of the amusement park to the other. I wouldn’t have even thought about that two years ago.”
Sister Eleanor’s Story
“The process was very, very positive.”
Sister Eleanor O’Connell was very active and enjoyed hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and golfing. And as a teacher, she spent many years on her feet. When she suddenly started experiencing knee pain, her lifestyle really changed. “I used to walk 3.5 miles a day. I stopped doing that,” she recalls. Hearing good things about the doctors at the Virtua Joint Replacement Institute, she had a minimally invasive, quad-sparing knee replacement procedure done in 2010. The experience was so positive that when her hip started giving her trouble, she scheduled a minimally invasive hip replacement without hesitation. “I thought, am I going to have to be on a cane for the rest of my life? But Dr. Jain said, ‘One day you’ll walk away and you won’t need a cane,’ and that’s just what happened.”
“I love life.”
Before having both his knees replaced, Bill Bamberger had this to say, “My life was great, but my knees weren’t. At the age of 82, they’re wearing out.” He tried injections, but he was still in a lot of pain, and didn’t want to get to the point where really strong medication was needed just to get by. Then a friend told him about Virtua’s minimally invasive, quad-sparing knee replacement technique. Before surgery, he worried that his knees would feel different. Afterward, he was pleasantly surprised. “You get back your full movement and it’s just like you never had anything done. I don’t think about my knees anymore and you couldn’t promise more than that.”