Linda Christine Lightfoot – Joint Academy and Knee Replacement Success Story
On her feet again – Linda Christine Lightfoot is able to get around her garden with her strong new knee
From the fall 2011 edition of Shine magazine
The day after her total knee replacement surgery at Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Linda Christine Lightfoot was up and walking around.
"It felt good to be able to get up and move around without limping," she says. The retired hair stylist had originally planned to just have surgery to repair a torn ACL. Then she learned she had also lost 75 percent of the cartilage in her right knee and had arthritis.
"After talking with my physician and others who had been in a similar situation, I could see that total knee replacement was in my future," Lightfoot says. "I decided to do it now rather than wait."
She adds that she also had a lot of confidence in her surgeon, Clinton Bell, MD, an independently practicing orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Methodist Charlton. "I can't praise him enough," she says.
The Joint Academy
In preparation for her procedure, Lightfoot participated in The Joint Academy at Methodist Charlton. The Joint Academy is a free educational workshop that helps prepare its "students" both mentally and physically for upcoming joint replacement surgery. Participation in the class helps ensure the best possible surgical outcome and a faster return to normal daily activity.
"TheJoint Academy class was very informative, and I really enjoyed the instructor," Lightfoot says. "She was very good at explaining everything and answering questions. She was also very enthusiastic about her role in helping patients. I would highly recommend The Joint Academy to anyone having joint replacement surgery."
Lightfoot is doing well with physical therapy and getting stronger every day. Is there any activity she misses? "My husband and I play with a recreational volleyball team," she says. "I'm really looking forward to being able to get back to that!"
Is this surgery right for you?
"The surgical technique we use for total knee replacement is minimally invasive, with smaller incisions and a faster recovery for the patient," Dr. Bell says. "Ms. Lightfoot came to us with pain that was progressively worsening. Total knee replacement will greatly enhance her quality of life."
Dr. Bell adds that the patient's mindset during rehabilitation is important for a full recovery.
"Patients who are motivated to fully participate in the rehabilitation process fare much better than those who don't," he says. "Ms. Lightfoot is one of those patients who is truly motivated. I look forward to seeing her on the volleyball court in the future."
Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff, including those practicing in connection with the Methodist Joint Academy, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, or Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.