Tom Kelly, Westwood, NJ – revision and total knee replacement
In June, 2011, I had a total knee replacement done at a medical center in northern NJ. Despite my diligence in doing everything asked of me in PT, my knee failed to rehabilitate. At 11 weeks post op, a manipulation was performed at the same hospital and I spent the following 7 weeks using a CPM machine 5 hours per day and attending physical therapy 3 times per week, all to no avail. Six and one half months post op, the surgeon performed a synovial fluid aspiration which was positive for a staph infection. At this point, I sought a second opinion.
A friend put me in touch with Dr. Alejandro Gonzalez Delle Valle at HSS, who saw me immediately when he learned that I had an infected knee. Right from my first meeting with Dr. Della Valle I knew I was in good hands. He repeated the aspiration and explained in detail what needed to be done. I was fast tracked on the OR schedule, met with Dr. Mary K who saw me every day while I was an inpatient, and the revision was begun. The prosthesis was removed, articulating spacers inserted and a Picc line placed. I began a 6 week regime of powerful IV antibiotics prescribed by infectious disease specialist, Dr. Andy Miller. I should also mention that because of the skill of my anesthesiologist, Dr. Daniel Maalouf, my newly revised knee was as comfortable as I could reasonably expect.
I was at HSS for one week, and then at Helen Hayes Hospital for 5 more weeks if rehab. Eight weeks later in March, 2012 I returned to Dr. Della Valle, who removed the spacers and inserted a new knee replacement. Within 2 months, I was once again able to walk without pain. After another 2 months, I was riding my bike several miles.
This past May, 2013, I returned to HSS and Dr. Della Valle replaced my other knee. And again, for the third time, Dr. Maalouf's skill kept me as as comfortable as possible.
Here I am now, 5 months after my second TKR, and I am able to walk 2 miles, play golf and ride a bike. How great is that? The experiences I had with my doctors and everyone at HSS was superior in every way.
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