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Back in the Swing of Things

April 2008

 

An avid golfer, Carol Lindsay suffered from severe degenerative osteoarthritis in both knees. After several alternative therapies, including arthroscopy procedures, she decided full knee replacements were her only hope. She had both knees replaced at FMC’s Spine and Joint Surgery Center, just three months apart in July and October 2007.

“I am thrilled with my new knees,” Lindsay said. “I am absolutely devoted to my surgeon, Amber Randall, M.D., and her staff and am so relieved for all they did to get me back on the golf course. The Spine and Joint Surgery Center was an amazing experience.”

 

Dedicated Care

FMC opened the Joint Surgery Center in late 2006, and now has added the spine component to the comprehensive care program.

“We understand that patients who opt for these elective procedures to improve their quality of life often have special needs,” said Sherry Mace, M.S., F.N.P.c., Spine and Joint Surgery Center coordinator at FMC. “Our team members have gone through extensive training in preparation for our patients so we can fully meet their needs.”

To further enhance patient satisfaction, the Spine and Joint Surgery Center is a dedicated unit within FMC. Joint replacement and spine surgery patients are not only cared for by a team of specially trained medical professionals, they also recover together in this unit.

 

The Patient’s Role

Prior to surgery, all patients complete pre-operative education classes so they understand what to expect during surgery and while in recovery. This comprehensive approach ensures all patients are fully aware of their own role in the procedure.

After surgery, patients participate in group physical therapy sessions and lunches, and recover in comfortable private rooms.

“The group therapy and lunches encourage a sense of community and camaraderie,” Mace said. “We want people to be active in their own care and recovery and realize they can make a difference, which aides in the healing process.”

 

For more information on spine or joint surgery at FMC, please call 928 214-2812.



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