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Woman thrilled to be Walking Pain-Free Thanks to Innovative Knee Replacement Surgery

For years Edith Vanderhyden endured severe pain as she struggled to walk from arthritis that was in her right knee. She tried therapy to relieve the pain, but nothing worked. 

“It was very stressful and super painful living with my sore knee,” said the 74-year-old Elwood resident. “The pain was so unbearable that I had to limp every time I walked. I was so fortunate to meet Dr. Antkowiak, who got rid of my pain.” 

Dr. Tom Antkowiak performed partial knee replacement surgery on Edith’s knee atSilver Cross Hospital enabling her to have a quicker and less painful recovery. 

Unlike a total knee replacement, partial knee replacement surgery only replaces one side of the joint, and not the entire joint.  As a result, this method is less invasive by requiring the physician to make a smaller incision. 

"Since many patients only have severe arthritis on one side of their knee, partial knee replacement is a good option since it only removes the bad tissue on that side, and saves the healthy joint tissue on the other side," said Dr. Antkowiak. 

There are many benefits to partial knee replacement surgery.  "After this type of procedure, patients have a higher level of function, and many can quickly resume most activities," said Dr. Antkowiak.  "Most importantly, after partial knee replacement surgery, patients experience a significant relief of pain as Edith did." 

To be successful, patients need to incorporate exercise to improve their range of motion and strength.  With this surgery, patients can generally achieve greater range of motion, and their recovery is often half the time compared to total knee replacement. 

“My advice to anyone with knee pain is to not waste another minute suffering,” said Vanderhyden. “I am so grateful to have such an experienced surgeon with a good bedside manner as Dr. Antkowiak perform my surgery. In addition, the nurses and therapists at Silver Cross were so supportive. They showed me how to move, while reminding me not to overdo it.” 

Symptoms of Knee Pain

Dr. Antkowiak’s partner orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Rajeev Puri offers patients tips when dealing with knee pain. “Oftentimes patients wait too long and their symptoms worsen creating more damage to their knee,” said Dr. Puri. “It is better to be cautious and seek medical attention as soon as you have any severe knee pain.” 

Get medical attention right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Unable to put weight on your knee
  • Can’t fully extend your knee
  • Feel as if your knee is unstable or "gives out"
  • A recognizable swelling and pain are present in your leg or knee

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