Lynn Baker, R.N. is a
68 year old Cambria resident. She's a very unique patient in that
she's had a conventional
total knee replacement and a Minimally Invasive total knee
replacement - both by Dr. Woods.
Lynn has been an avid hiker for many
years, and says she and her husband have hiked from Antarctica to London
- and everywhere
in between. Over the years Lynn developed Osteoarthritis in her
knee, and began to find that she was unable to make the downhill journey after a nice uphill hike.
Lynn's right knee was
replaced in January 2004 using conventional
total knee replacement surgery.
She feels the conventional knee surgery was very successful, and she was
able to return to an active life style. However, she also feels that it
took quite a while for her to regain her mobility and be free of pain.
Lynn later tore a cartilage in her left knee and it started to bother her.
She saw Dr. Woods again, and he informed her of the new Minimally
Invasive Surgery technique he was now utilizing. She had her left
knee done using MIS techniques in early April 2005.
Since she's had both
conventional and MIS knee replacement surgeries, Lynn volunteered some observations
comparing the two:
The day of
my MIS surgery, just 6 hours post operatively, I was able to do
straight leg lifts. I was walking down the hospital hallway
the next day.
one day after MIS surgery was about the same as it had been at
one month with the conventional knee.
was far less pain with the MIS knee - what I would describe as a
A knee replacement is a partnership
between you, your doctor and your therapist. You must take an active
role in doing your part to ensure success.
therapist, Judy Keating, was amazed by Lynn's capabilities on Day
3 after her MIS Knee Replacement. Calling it "an obviously superior
surgical intervention, which I am sure will be a great help to many,"
Judy and Gentiva Health Services gave us permission to use the brief but
excited voicemail she left for Dr. Woods following her second home
therapy visit. Click on the Play button below to listen to it.
Judy Keating, Physical Therapist, Gentiva Health Services
Mary Nieto, Active Retired
Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
Mary, like many others
suffering with hip arthritis,
was living with constant pain, loss of mobility and inability to conduct
her everyday life with dignity. She reflects on how she felt prior to
having a Total Hip Replacement: "I just could not live the life I
wanted to live; it was so bad that I really felt I had no choice but to
have surgery. I had a friend who'd had surgery done by Dr. Woods, and I
feel extremely fortunate to have gotten on track with him."
She had minimally
invasive hip replacement surgery on May 9, 2005. Since then her only
complaint is her other hip, which also needs to be replaced. When asked
about that prospect she replies, "I have no fear, I have complete
trust and faith in Dr. Woods's hands and knowledge. I am actually
looking forward to having the other hip done; I can't wait to get
said that following surgery she had absolutely no pain. She was
encouraged to put weight on the new hip immediately following surgery.
She recalls, "The therapists at the Transitional Care Facility were
amazed that I could fully weight the hip immediately, and with Dr.
She is now able to do
anything she wants on the right hip and says she is only limited by the
left hip which will be replaced shortly. "The entire experience was
wonderful. Dr. Woods' nurse was great." Mary also said:
"When I went to outpatient physical therapy, all the therapists were
talking about Dr. Woods' Minimally Invasive Surgery Program and just how
well I was doing, and all the other patients they were seeing as well."
"Friends call me all
the time to discuss my surgery and how well I have done. When they ask,
I have to tell them who they need to see if they want to have similar
results to what I have had."
Bob is a very fit and
active 49-year-old Paragliding instructor who lives on the California
Central Coast. In 2001 he took a very scary fall, which landed him in
the emergency room where he met Dr. Woods.
As time passed, Bob
found it increasingly difficult to work and participate in his active
passions of mountain biking and paragliding due to the pain of
osteoarthritis in his knee. In 2004, since Dr. Woods had done the surgery
injured the knee in 2001, Bob decided it was time to see him
"I was in a lot
of pain, and could not work without limping," Bob said. "I could
not put any weight on my right knee at all - which meant I could not
ride my mountain bike without pain and could not fly at all."
On September 13, 2004
Bob had a Unicompartmental Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery. He reports:
"The surgery went very well ... I woke up in very little pain and
remained that way for most of the first day ... I was feeling very good
and ready to go by Day 3."
Bob started outpatient
physical therapy on Day 7. He was very aggressive with his
therapy. At Week 6 he began riding his bike again, slowly and carefully
at first, with no hills or long rides. By the end of Week 8 he was back
at work and was good to go.
Bob returned to
Paragliding 10 weeks following MIS knee surgery. He felt strong enough
by then to take a good impact if one were to come. He is now riding his bike 20
miles, climbing hills for hours, flying and doing everything a
fit 49-year-old can do. Bob says, "I am sure this
surgery is not for everyone, but it gave me back the life I love!"
Terry has been dancing
most of her life. As a professional Ballerina and dance teacher, Terry
is a well conditioned athlete who is very dedicated to her art. Terry
was the unfortunate victim of a car accident several years ago. This
accident caused severe soft tissue damage around her right hip, which
ultimately led to extremely rapid deterioration of her
Terry had learned of Dr
Woods over 20 years ago when he treated a fellow dancer in Terry's
troupe. She also had the good fortune of having Dr Woods treat her
children over the years.
Terry was able to dance
on her failing hip, mainly due to her exceptional conditioning and
drive. But during a performance she badly injured her hip.
She recalls, "I
was still able to dance on the bad hip but all the Chiropractors and
Physical Therapists just could no longer help me. I was able to go on
stage, perform at the highest level, but then needed to be helped to my
dressing room. I had nauseating pain following my performances; this
pain was far worse than going through all five of my child births."
Terry was in so much
pain she did not sleep for the better part of a year. "The pain
was leading me to a complete emotional breakdown."
She consulted Dr. Woods
and he advised her that her hip had degenerated rapidly, and would not
be reversing its degeneration. They scheduled and performed a
mini-incision total hip replacement for Terry.
surgery Terry was up and walking immediately. She was actually back
teaching her dance students just six weeks following surgery. She
chuckles as she recalls her students taking care of her and
reminding her not to do dance moves that she was told not to do.
says, "Compared to how I felt prior to surgery, I would say I woke
up with no pain!"
Two years after surgery
we asked Terry how she felt. She replied, "At two years out, my
hip is getting even better. My incision looks better, and my pain is
gone. My range of motion in my hip is incredible. I am amazed: I
can jump, and my extensions are 90% of what they were prior to surgery.
I feel so good that I have to be careful not to overdo it! I have
been able to get my life back, and I am so grateful."
Conventional & Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacements
Charles had an MIS
Total Knee Replacement four years after having a Conventional Total Knee
Replacement. His wife, Emily, wrote Dr. Woods the following letter
contrasting his experiences with the two approaches.
Dear Dr. Daniel Woods,
Thanks so much for
the magical operation on my husband's right knee last month on May 23.
He could stand up on the same day after surgery, and he could do
physical therapy on the following day. It was just amazing and
My husband's left
knee went through total knee replacement surgery on Jan 2001. I remember
that he was so painful for the whole week after surgery. He had had a
machine holding his knee straight and keeping it cool when he was lyig
in bed. He was so painful at that time. Even after he went home, he had
had to stay in bed for over a month, he could barely go through physical
therapy, and that took a long time for him to feel better. That's the
reason he thought he would not have his right knee go through surgery
even if he needed it.
His right knee finally deteriorated and he really needed a better knee.
Thank you for this new minimal invasive procedure, my husband did not
have to endure the painful recuperating process like last time. He has
had on-going physical therapy since after surgery, and within three
weeks, he is walking better than before surgery.
Hope more patients
can benefit from this new kind of surgery, and thanks again for better
Emily & Charles Fox
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