Jon's Orthopedic Story

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- [Jon] I've been active since I can remember,
but I really loved basketball.

And it finally took its toll.

It was to the point that I was making
grunting sounds every time I sat down,

and my family was going, "Come on, Dad,
you need to go get something done here."

So I went to see Dr. Sweet.

- [Dr. Sweet] Jon presented with osteoarthritic knees.

They were worn out, bone on bone,
bowed with all the cartilage gone.

He was at a point where he
could not live an active lifestyle.

He was either going to have to
give up or have them fixed.

- And he goes, "You know,
let me know when you want to do it," you know?

And I'm like, "I like this guy."

You know, I mean, he put it right in my face and said,
"It's your decision, right, but we can fix it."

And then he goes, "With your activity level," he said,
you know, "You need to get this done and, you know,

you'll be much better for it."

- The most common thing is arthritis or osteoarthritis,
also called degenerative arthritis.

People call it wear and tear arthritis.

Now, trauma contributes to it.

The knee is a vulnerable joint and, you know,
that's why we see so many athletes with ACL tears

and torn meniscal cartilage, etc.

And every time you ding your knee with trauma,
you're making it more susceptible to the arthritic

events which can occur later.

- I'd given up basketball,
did limited workout types of things,

a lot of upper body.

I couldn't do hardly anything lower body.

Nine holes before surgery was a chore.

- As we age, parts start to hurt.

You know, your back hurts, your shoulder hurts,
your heel hurts, your knee hurts, in this case,

and you, kind of, have two choices.

You can give in and become more sedentary
or you can fight it and continue to move.

And what that really means,
continuing to move, is continuing to live your life,

continuing to exercise,
continuing to just pursue all activities in life that

keep you young.

- When I decided to do this,
Baptist Health Louisville contacted me immediately and,

you know, started that communication process.

Day of surgery, it was, you know, crazy.

I mean, I walked in and they pretty much just took
over, and I just, you know, hung on for the ride.

- For a patient to get an optimal result,
the surgeon has to do the operation as best

as can be done.

But the patient has to
also aggressively pursue the therapy.

Jon approached physical therapy with a great,
positive attitude, and he worked hard,

and his determination with therapy helps me look good.

- I loved the entire experience.

Since the surgery and since I've gotten
through all the rehab and the recovery,

it's weird because your brain
almost blocks that pain out like what it was.

You know, and it's hard for me now to imagine
that much pain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

- The Louisville Baptist Health Orthopedic
Program is just tops.

I've worked a lot of hospitals in my life,
and I have never worked any place that delivers better

care than Baptist.

- What I got is they were very caring.

You could tell that they loved what they were doing.

They really had me in mind with my total healthcare.

I'm not limited, you know, anymore.

And I think subconsciously I would limit myself,
you know, when I was in that pain.

So now with new knees, I have a new lease on life,
and Cathy and I can just travel the world

and be limitless on what's ahead.

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When it comes to keeping your joints healthy, prevention is the best medicine. Together, we can protect your long-term health.