Bilateral knee replacement helps patient return to active living

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Bilateral knee replacement helps patient return to active living

Having one knee replaced is a significant medical procedure, but imagine having both knees replaced at the same time. This is exactly what Mike Gabeline of Yarmouth had done at Henry County Health Center with Joseph Tansey, M.D., HCHC’s board certified orthopedic surgeon.

After having x-rays at HCHC to find out the cause of his knee pain, Dr. Tansey recommended that Gabeline have both knees replaced. However, Gabeline asked Dr. Tansey to do both knees at once.

“When I said I wanted to have both knees done at the same time, he said considering my age and upper body strength that he could do that. But he told me if during the surgery something didn’t go as planned or if I wasn’t acting the way he wanted me to, that I couldn’t be mad at him when I woke up if I only had one knee done. He said he would do what was best for me as far as my health was concerned,” explained Gabeline.

He agreed to those conditions and Dr. Tansey got him into surgery and successfully replaced both knees. Gabeline was pleased with the results of the surgery and so much more.

“He got me right in and did both knees and they both came out very well. He did the surgery on a Monday and by Friday I was home. Everything worked great. HCHC is a small hospital but I got all the things you would get in a big hospital. From the operating rooms where everything is state-of-the-art to the staff…everything was just great,” he said.

Gabeline’s daughter had heard positive things about Dr. Tansey and recommended him to her father. In addition, Gabeline wanted to receive his health care close to home because it would be easier on him and his family. He feels his decision to have his procedure and therapy done locally was definitely the right choice.

Knee Replacement Surgery“There is value to receiving care close to home and by people in the same community. It felt like family. The day of orientation I was taken through surgery and met the surgery staff and anesthetist who would take care of me during surgery. Then I went to Inpatient Services where I met the nurses, saw the room I would stay in, and was shown everything that was going to happen. There were no surprises and it was just like clockwork. I knew everything that was going to happen before it happened,” he explained.

Gabeline was pleased with the care and the successful outcome of the procedure, and he also noted two specific processes that were very significant to him. “I did not want a tube down my throat during the surgery unless I absolutely had to. But Anesthetist Matt Miller was able to do a block instead and he did an unbelievable job. I was also impressed with the icing method that Dr. Tansey uses. I never ran out of ice, and after talking to others who have had the same procedure done elsewhere, I’ve never heard of anyone using this icing procedure that I had. It’s something specific that Dr. Tansey uses and it was unbelievable how it helped me. I used it at home, too, and it really helped keep the swelling down.”

Following surgery, Gabeline followed Dr. Tansey’s orders closely and continues to do physical therapy in HCHC’s Rehabilitation Services. He is walking unassisted and his knees are feeling great. After his experience, Gabeline would definitely recommend HCHC to others.

“I did everything from my x-rays, to surgery, to therapy right here close to home at HCHC. I received such personal care. The great care went all the way from the staff who cared for my medical needs to the people I ordered my meal from. Staff were there at all times, getting me anything I needed, checking on me and making sure things were right. And after I left the hospital, they contacted me at home every day. Everyone knew what was going on from the day I came here to the time I was done. It’s one big family.”