Hi. I’m Doug Smith. I am 67 years old.
I am a retired high school teacher and I would say that my knee pain and disability was progressive. It probably started maybe 10 or 15 years ago, and it just got progressively worse and worse and worse.
My dear wife of 47 years loves to go hiking, loves to go on walks. Her dream is to visit Washington D.C., which everyone has told me involves a lot of walking.
And I said, “Honey, I can’t do that trip, I just can’t do it. I know I will not be able to do that walking.”
I heard an ad on the radio for the knee replacement seminar at Sharp Grossmont and I thought "I need to check this out."
The staff at Sharp Grossmont was amazing. You attend a class beforehand, the Joint Endeavor class, and that was terrific. They explained everything of what to expect in the process and they do an excellent job of preparing you, then the surgery and an excellent job of pain management.
They have a tremendous protocol to care for you right after surgery and the physical rehabilitation is amazing. I am pain free. I have so much more mobility. I can demonstrate for you. I can go up and down the stairs. I told people that was the spot when I knew that this really had worked — when I was able to go up a set of stairs without even using the handrail. Left, right, left, right, left, right.
One key to successful knee joint replacement, I believe, is having a positive attitude. I can remember I asked Shannon, Dr. Allsing’s nurse, about how successful is this for people. And she said, “The patients that have a positive attitude about it do better.” And I remembered that, and so I wanted to keep my attitude positive.
One of the therapists said that they know that a person has really fully recovered when they don’t wake up in the morning thinking about their knee. And I’m pretty much at that point. I’m very, very pleased with the result.