PMC helps restore patient’s lifestyle
ALL SMILES: Walter Wilson, pictured with Dr. Pugh, praised PMC for the excellent care he received during a recent knee replacement surgery. The 70-year-old South Williamson resident is now fully recovered and back to his active lifestyle.
PIKEVILLE — At 70 years old, Walter Wilson is an active grandfather of five, who is enjoying life with less pain than ever before thanks to knee replacement surgery performed at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC).
Dr. Kevin Pugh, PMC Orthopedic Surgeon, performed a partial knee replacement on Wilson in March.
Partial knee replacements are less invasive than total knee replacements and involve replacing only the damaged section of the knee. On average, Dr. Pugh performs between 350-400 total and partial knee replacements per year.
“Patients with issues limited to only one part of the knee may be candidates for partial knee replacement,” said Dr. Pugh. “In partial knee replacement, we conserve all of the natural ligaments of the knee, which in turn makes for a quicker recovery and a much more normal feeling knee.”
“I am very pleased with my surgery experience and outcome,” said Wilson. “During my visits and hospital stay at PMC, I never felt like a number, but rather received friendly care as well as professional treatment.”
After his father died at only 54 years old, Wilson knew he needed to exercise and lose weight to lead a healthier lifestyle.
He began walking and running and eventually started running marathons. On an average week, Wilson would run 35 miles. On training weeks, he would run up to 50 miles. Slowly, after undergoing surgery for a meniscus repair, he started experiencing knee pain.
“Runners are always hurting, always battling some type of pain, but the pain got so bad that I eventually didn’t even enjoy walking anymore,” said Wilson.
He continued to stay as active as possible by mowing the grass, weed eating and doing home repairs. It wasn’t until after an accident at home that his pain became unbearable.
“I was working on the roof, slid off and landed on my right leg,” said Wilson. “I could tell my knee was hurt, but I continued to work around the house as much as possible because my knee would just hurt and drive me crazy as soon as I stopped working. I finally called my doctor and told him it was time to get serious and X-ray my knees.”
The X-rays revealed bone-on-bone in both knees. He needed a referral to see an orthopedist and when given the choice, he chose Dr. Pugh.
“I’d done my research and talked with several people and felt most comfortable going to Dr. Pugh as opposed to traveling out of state,” said Wilson. “I’d heard great things about him and knew he had the experience I could trust.”
Wilson, now retired, has extensive experience working in the medical field as a therapist, administrator and rehabilitation counselor.
He spent years working with and developing systems of care for spinal cord injury rehabilitation, which led to tremendous interaction with all levels of medical and orthopedic care.
“I just wanted to share from my heart and background experience what I saw at PMC,” said Wilson. “While this surgery and hospital was new to me, I was impressed with many aspects. One significant observation being the smooth flow of care, from initial assessment to the day of surgery, beginning with valet parking and going all the way to discharge. Yes, I was anxious about the surgery, but every step along the way was well-managed, caring, relaxing and seemed to flow very well. All the staff was friendly and knew their job well.”
Now, only three months post-surgery, Wilson has made a full recovery and no longer suffers from debilitating knee pain. He credits his successful recovery to weekly home visits from PMC’s physical and occupational therapists.
“The physical and occupational therapists from PMC’s Home Health came to my house three times a week for two weeks and helped me so much,” said Wilson. “They checked my vitals, answered any questions I had and gave me the support I needed to heal properly. I was outside three weeks after surgery, mowing the grass again, working around my house, being active.”
Wilson continued, “The entire PMC team did a great job and I want to express my sincere appreciation for that. Everyone from Dr. Pugh and his Orthopedic team all the way to valet, pre-op, recovery room, home health, and physical and occupational therapy made me feel at ease and well cared for during my time at PMC, and that is an invaluable experience.”
Wilson plans on returning to PMC in November to have surgery on his shoulder and again in February to repair his other knee.
For more information about orthopedic services offered at PMC, call 606-218-3500.
To schedule a physician appointment, call 606-430-2206.