6 New Knees
Three of AAMC’s Own Find Relief with Bilateral Knee Replacement Surgery
Nurses Vicki Milewski and Dianne Humphries, and Patient Care Tech Lynn Storm have more than 45 years of combined experience at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Collectively they also endured more than 30 years of knee pain before deciding to undergo bilateral, or “double knee,” replacement surgery. The three employees echo the same sentiment about their recent knee surgery at AAMC: they waited far too long and lived with terrible pain prior to surgery, and their postoperation results simply have been life changing.
– Jenny Steffens
It takes a motivated, healthy and physically fit patient to take on a double knee replacement and have the best possible outcome, say AAMC Joint Center Medical Director Paul King, M.D., and orthopedic surgeon James MacDonald, M.D. The vast majority of knee replacement patients —whether they have single or double replacements —are pleased with the level of function and pain relief that surgery brings, they said.
“I find it humbling, but also a great privilege, when asked to participate in the care of nurses, doctors and other hospital staff members and their families,” said Dr. King, who performed the bilateral knee replacements on Ms. Humphries and Ms. Storm. “These patients truly are the most informed consumers, and it is a tribute to the excellent staff that these patients/health care providers place their trust in the AAMC Joint Center.”
Dr. MacDonald, who operated on Ms. Milewski, said, “As a doctor, I am confident that patients are getting excellent care at AAMC.”
The AAMC Joint Center – #1 in the State
AAMC continues to lead the state in joint replacement volume, performing nearly 1,300 joint replacements each year.
The AAMC Joint Center is a designated unit, with professional staff dedicated only to joint replacement surgery and a joint coordinator who oversees patient progress from pre-op class to post-op care.
AAMC’s “Joint Camp” is a unique part of the healing environment and gets its name from the sense of shared experiences, camaraderie and companionship many patients feel toward one another. The philosophy of Joint Camp is that you and your family are not bystanders, but active participants with a common goal.
More than 50 volunteers donate their time in the AAMC Joint Center, many of them joint replacement veterans themselves. Volunteers are trained by physical therapists, act as coaches, and help with daily activities on the unit.
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