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These Knees were made for dancin'

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“Grab your partner – do-see-do.”

For Charlie Layden, daydreaming about the Texas two-step brings him back to a time when physically, he could do just about anything.

“I met my wife country line dancing – it was a very special time for us. Even after we were married, most of our date nights were on the dance floor.

But after thousands of steps, twists, turns and grapevines, Charlie’s knees were shot. “We kept dancing until my knees couldn’t take it anymore,” says Charlie. “The nights of twirling my wife on the dance floor became a dim memory. I quit dancing because I had to save what was left of my knee strength and agility for the essentials -- taking care of my kids, my wife and my work. Hard to believe that was 10 years ago.”

Over time, Charlie became sedentary, creating a health risk for himself by not getting enough exercise. “I got scared and I got busy,” says Charlie.

Determined, Charlie went to see his primary care physician suggested he get an evaluation from orthopedic surgeon, Scott Schoifet, MD, a pioneer of a unique minimally invasive knee replacement surgery, recommended a knee replacement. Charlie’s first knee replacement went so well, he had the second one done within the same year.

Now, Charlie’s looking forward to the start of a new era – where he hears the call of the deejay, and the sound of boots, lots of them, tapping on the floor around him. It’s music to his ears and to his new knees.

Learn more how patients are getting their lives back thanks to The Virtua Joint Replacement Institute.