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Area Teacher Finds Relief on Her Feet

Diane Kemble is grateful for custom knee replacement surgery at Silver Cross Hospital

Joliet, IL (Sept. 12, 2011)— Diane Kemble of Shorewood is used to being on her feet. As a mother of four children and a full-time school teacher in Chicago, she spends most of her day standing.  In the winter of 2010, while running to her car, Diane slipped on the ice and broke her right leg. While she did not seek immediate care, the growing dependency on her left leg was starting to affect her left knee. A year later, the knee pain became worse.

While undergoing a different surgery, Dr. Anuj Puppala was called in to examine Diane’s swelling legs.  Diane immediately felt drawn to him and made an appointment a few weeks later.  “He is just so warm and compassionate, so capable, I have great trust in him with my health and making the right decision,” says Kemble.  Dr. Puppala identified that both of her knees were bone-to-bone, and would eventually need to be replaced.  He provided alternative treatments and injections before opting a TruFit Customized Knee Replacement as the best option for her.

“Custom Fit Knee Replacement allows the surgeon to match the size and placement of the knee implant to the patient’s unique, pre-arthritic knee anatomy,” said Dr. Anuj Puppala, orthopedic surgeon on staff at Silver Cross Hospital.

Every person’s knee joint has subtle differences in shape and contour, but traditional surgical instruments that are used to place knee implants are one-size-fits all, TruMatch Knee technology uses CT and X-ray images of a patient’s knee to design and build surgical instruments that are customized for a patient’s unique knee anatomy. “With computer-guided precision, the knee implant is carefully put in place,” adds Dr. Puppala. “That is very important because a misaligned implant can cause pain and instability and will eventually fail.”

Kemble underwent a custom knee replacement for her left knee in July, and the next day, she was already back on her feet. “I heard all these horror stories about surgery, but I was pleasantly surprised by how smoothly everything went. Even my recovery in physical therapy went well right away,” says Kemble. “I am so pleased I am scheduling my right knee replacement with Dr. Puppala for next summer. That’s a testament to how great of a surgeon he is, and how much this procedure has changed my life.”

Learn More
Join Dr. Anuj Puppala to learn more about Custom Knee Replacements on Monday, September 19 from 6:30 to7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet. To attend this free program, register online at or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Patients having surgery at Silver Cross Hospital can also attend joint replacement education.  The free Joints Matter program offers extensive pre-operative education for the patient and their family to enhance faster healing and recovery.  Participants learn exactly what to anticipate after the surgery, the daily expectations of rehabilitation therapy and what they can do to recover more quickly. 

About Dr. Anuj Puppala
Dr. Anuj Puppala, board certified orthopedic surgeon, specializes in joint replacement surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder as well as arthroscopic surgery and fracture surgery.  Upon graduation from Northwestern University, Dr. Puppala attended medical school at the Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete an internship and residency at Ochsner Clinic Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his time at Ochsner Clinic Hospital, Dr. Puppala served as a team physician for the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Hornets sports teams. Dr. Puppala previously spent time as team physician for University of St. Francis in Joliet and currently serves as team physician for Romeoville High School. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Puppala, contact his office at Hinsdale Orthopedics at 815-462-3474.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is well underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in Feb. 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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