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Knee Replacements
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It may run in the family, or that is how it appears with siblings Linda Fites, Dave Knuth, and Paul Knuth. All 3 had knee replacements at Lakeland HealthCare within about a year of each other, performed by board-certified orthopedic surgeons from Southwest Michigan Center for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

Linda and Paul, both of St. Joseph, had knee replacements by orthopedic surgeon Kenneth Edwards, MD. The pain in Linda’s knee started interfering with her daily routine and it even started giving out. Following diagnostic imaging, Dr. Edwards suggested that she undergo a replacement.

“It was never even a consideration to seek care in another hospital because I know that we have very capable physicians and staff in our Lakeland system to provide the very best treatment and care possible,” Linda said.

“It is important to have friends and family close during the surgery and recovery, and when you have the very best right here there is no need to look further.”

Today, Linda is pain free and not worried that her knee will give out while playing with any of her 12 grandchildren.

Paul, Linda’s younger brother, had suffered from knee problems most of his life. As a child, his left knee was crooked, and it worsened over time. As a young athlete, Paul learned to live with the pain and overcompensated, which caused his tendons to stretch.

“I knew I needed to address this issue,” said Paul. “It was time for me to get my knees fixed. The pain was so intense that it took my breath away just to drive.” Dr. Edwards performed a bilateral – or double – knee replacement on Paul.

“Having both knees repaired after a lifetime of pain was a life-changing experience,.” Paul said. “I wish I had done this 10 years ago. I am walking with a normal set of legs and also added two inches to my height!”

Brother Dave had both of his knees replaced by Daniel Sohn, MD. Dave, a Stevensville resident and a service technician, had felt a dull ache in his knees for the last 15 years. He had a hard time standing all day at work and even struggled to get in and out of his truck.

Since his surgeries, Dave is able to go up and down stairs without any pain. Like Linda and Paul, Dave’s quality of life is much better and he is able to be more active.

“I was so pleased by the care and treatment that I received,” said Dave. “The entire staff at Lakeland was terrific. I was up and walking within days after each surgery.”

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