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Find relief from knee pain fast

Knee pain
Top: Sharon Carney
Bottom: Anne Marie Baldwin
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Whether it’s romping with kids, enjoying a favorite sport, or getting back to work, women have too much to do to let persistent knee pain slow them down. With advanced surgical options that produce great results with minimal down-time, they don’t have to.

Same-day total knee replacement
Sharon Carney is a self-described high-energy person with a wide range of interests, including yoga, gardening and a career as a design consultant for a custom home builder.

When chronic knee pain from osteoarthritis began to affect her ability to enjoy doing what she loved, her orthopaedic surgeon, Scott Schoifet, MD, told her she’d be a good candidate for same-day total knee replacement surgery. Carney was both relieved and a little skeptical: “I knew that the surgery would improve my quality of life, but it was hard to believe that I could be home within 12 hours of a total knee replacement.”

Same-day total knee replacement surgery uses minimally invasive surgical techniques and can be an option for healthy, active people under age 65.

Sharon Carney is a believer. “I was on my feet before I left the hospital, and I could relax and sleep in my own bed that night.” With restored physical ability that matches her youthful appearance and outlook, she’s back doing what she loves, and doesn’t mind sharing that this is how 61 looks – and feels.

Repairing a tear
With growing frustration over missing her gym workouts and floor-time with her two young children, Anne Marie Baldwin’s winning smile was becoming strained. A fall directly onto her kneecap left the lifelong athlete and energetic mom with disabling knee pain that severely limited her activity.

After enduring months of discomfort, Baldwin visited fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon Christopher Carey, MD, who diagnosed the cause of her pain: a tiny tear to her meniscus – the cartilage that cushions the bones of the knee joint. “When Dr. Carey explained how simple it would be to correct it through arthroscopic surgery, I immediately asked myself, ‘why did I wait?’” says Baldwin.

Dr. Carey notes that tears to the meniscus can be caused by traumatic injury like Baldwin’s fall, or wear and tear over time.

“Regardless of the cause, meniscus tears can cause excruciating pain but, in most cases, are easily repaired by trimming the torn portion,” he says.

For this same-day procedure, Baldwin was back at home within several hours: “I walked out of the surgery center without crutches and pain-free. In just two weeks, I was back at the gym doing everything I had done before, even better.”