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Robert (Bob) Sutherland

Surgery Type: 
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Imagine being able to experience the vast mountain scenery on a ranch in Montana. Waking up to the peaceful sounds of nature and inhaling the rich mountain air were things Bob cherished. Even at 62 years old, he and his wife enjoyed hiking five or more miles a day around their property.

Bob has been active all his life. In addition to hiking, Bob is an avid member of the golf community, playing for 30 years. Bob is also involved in golf charities, and had played in eight to ten tournaments per year.
 
Several years ago, pain in Bob’s knees began making the daily walks with his wife and trips to the golf course less enjoyable. It quickly progressed to the point that he could not take a step without experiencing excruciating pain.
 
Bob visited his doctor and discovered some wear and tear on his left knee and decided living in pain and facing limited mobility were not an option. He received three knee arthroscopies and 14 series, totaling 51 injections of synvisc over seven years, a fluid therapy injected into a joint to restore the natural elasticity and viscous properties of synovial fluid, to help alleviate the continual pain.
 
The procedure seemed to work initially. Before he knew it, however, the severe pain in the left knee returned.
 
During a trip to Montana in May 2008 with his family, Bob was on a hike with his wife when he felt a crunch in his left knee. This caused him so much pain that he could not put any weight on it. Instead,he was forced to spend the next three weeks of his vacation on crutches.
“I had family coming up and I didn’t want to disappoint them, so I dealt with the pain while they were visiting,” said Bob.
 
As soon as Bob got back to his California home, he scheduled an appointment with Dr. Harbinder Chadha to discuss his options. Dr. Chadha examined Bob’s knee and suggested he replace it with the ADVANCE® Medial-Pivot Knee implant. Bob believed the outcome from having his knee replaced with Wright’s implant would be successful because the implant is designed to provide the same range of motion (twisting, bending, rotating and stability) as a natural knee.
Bob went into surgery on Monday and was able to return home by Tuesday evening. Only six days after surgery, he was able to walk by himself and within two months, he was back at his vacation home in Montana, hiking with his wife and without pain in his left knee.
 
Additionally, Bob was able to resume playing golf just 37 days after his knee surgery. He is consistently on the course three times per week.
 
“It’s been the most incredible thing. I’ve been able to play 18 holes of golf with no knee problems,” said Bob.
 
Bob is once again playing in his golf tournaments on behalf of the military, his church and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
 
Bob was even able to participate in the Special Olympics with his daughter (now retired) who took part in the games for many years.
 
Today, Bob is grateful that he is finally active again, planning his activities around his schedule, not his knees.
 
“I can be myself again, there’s nothing I can’t do.”
 
Bob was implanted with Wright’s ADVANCE® Medial-Pivot System, designed specifically to replicate normal knee motion by bending, rotating, and twisting – all with a high degree of stability and range of motion. The ADVANCE® Medial-Pivot Knee replicates the knee’s natural anatomy and helps provide more patient confidence and stability1 than other knee implants.
 
These results are specific to this individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level.
 
There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery; and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.
 
Only a physician can tell you if this product and associated procedure are right for you and your unique circumstances. Please consult with a physician for complete information regarding benefits, risks and possible outcomes.

 

Center : 
Outpatient Surgery Center of La Jolla
Doctor: 
Dr. Harbinder S. Chadha