Patricia Clark – Total Knee Replacement

Image of Dr. Boyd HaynesI’m an Operating Room nurse at a local hospital.  I injured my right knee in 2011 and was told by an orthopedic surgeon that I would need a total knee replacement in 1 to 5 years.  By 2015, I needed some sort of intervention to that right knee and consulted Dr. Boyd Haynes.  At the very beginning of treatment, I told Dr. Haynes that I wanted to stick to less invasive measures and wasn’t interested in a total knee replacement.  He agreed with the previous surgeon, in that I would eventually need knee replacement surgery. He was very understanding and assured me that he’d do everything he could to treat my knee without surgery.  He said to let him know when I was ready to have that knee replaced.

He was true to his word and my treatment plan started with steroid injections and progressed to hyaluronic acid injections.  Finally, I decided it was time to have my knee replaced.  I was very apprehensive about surgery…concerned about the pain and had heard terrible stories about the physical therapy that would follow.  When I told Dr. Haynes I was ready….there was no “I told you so…or what took you so long”.  He was very supportive and assured me that I’d made the right decision.  I had a right total knee replacement in March, 2020.

It’s been 1 year and I can honestly say that having knee replacement surgery was nothing less than life changing.  My coworkers can’t believe how “normal” I’m standing and walking!  My biggest regret is that I waited so long to have it done.  If you’re on the fence regarding treatment…whether joint replacement or more conservative measures…my best advice is to get the best treatment done as early as possible.  Don’t put it off!  For me, the discomfort from the surgery was much less than the discomfort I was experiencing on a daily basis.

The entire team at OSC provided excellent care and were always available to answer any questions I may have had.  Dr. Haynes & Chris (Dr. Haynes’ Physician Assistant) proved to be very committed to providing patient-centered care.  I am thoroughly pleased with my results!

Patricia Clark