Our February Patient of the Month is Steven Spencer. In his youth and all the way into his 40s, Steven was the consummate athlete, saying that he “didn’t believe that increased activity and sports could lead to future problems.” A double threat, he played baseball and football for Perdue and continued enjoying sports and being active until knee degeneration started to get the best of him, riddling him with pain.
Mr. Spencer came to Genesis because Dr. Shadid uses the Conformis knee replacement system, which is designed and fitted specifically for the individual patient for a customized fit. He had his surgery on one knee in January 2020 and walked out of the hospital as soon as he was able to stand, later that day. He chose to have the second surgery as soon as possible and had the second surgery in February before Covid-19 shut everything down. He started to feel the pain recede as his mobility improved. He didn’t do any physical therapy, instead using the knowledge amassed from his years as an athlete to become more and more mobile.
Even though he is not pain-free, he now can walk with less pain and climb stairs with more ease. With his winning attitude, Steven is improving his endurance and strength every day.