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Back to life following MIS knee replacement surgery

When Delaware engineer Charles Schafer was told that he needed both of his knees replaced, it wasn't the surgery that concerned him, it was the recovery. Mr. Schafer was enjoying his retirement. He was golfing, traveling, performing in community theater, and going dancing with his wife. He also took great pleasure in doing home improvement work for friends, neighbors, and those less fortunate.

Though Mr. Schafer suffered with knee pain for quite some time, he dreaded the thought of the restrictive, slow recovery that he knew was common after a total knee replacement. He was reluctant to pursue treatment until he met with orthopaedic surgeon Rajesh Jain, MD, and learned about minimally invasive total knee replacements being performed at Virtua.

Traditional knee replacement surgery cuts through surrounding tissue and muscle that requires extensive rehabilitation and pain management. With minimally invasive knee replacement, the surrounding tissue and muscle is left undamaged, resulting in less pain and faster recovery. Dr, Jain performed Mr. Schafer's first minimally invasive total knee replacement in August and second in October.

By Thanksgiving Mr. Schafer was already traveling and working on home improvement projects. In just weeks, he was back to enjoying his active lifestyle—but this time, without the pain.

For more information about minimally invasive surgery at Virtua, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3.

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.