Get Your Super Back
The orthopedic specialists at Olathe Health System came to the rescue when their patients had to give up their activities because of pain. Our patients got their super back. You can too.
Chip and Mike
Two Friends Heal From Knee Replacements
Chip Malinowski and Mike Ruzich met at work 17 years ago and have been friends ever since. Besides working at the same company, the friends live just a mile apart and like to spend time together walking their dogs. Recently, they had another thing in common-knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.
"It was gradual, but eventually my knees hurt so badly that I'd sit down as long as I could and put off having to walk," Chip said. "And when I finally stood up, it would take awhile before I could really get moving."
Mike's knee started hurting two years ago, and by late 2015 he couldn't walk without pain either.
"I couldn't take it any longer," Mike said. "I knew it was time to see someone about it."
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Double Hip Replacement
For Dwight Heincker of Spring Hill, being stuck in a recliner was no way to live. Active all his life, including competing as a high school and college athlete, Dwight, 56, suffered hip pain in his 30s and 40s. It finally got so bad he went to see William W. Bohn, MD, at Johnson County Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. He found out he had a congenital problem called hip dysplasia.
"My hips never bothered me when I was younger," Dwight said. "But by the time I went to see Dr. Bohn, I was in constant pain on my left side. It hurt to do anything. It hurt to walk."
Dwight tried steroid injections. But they only helped for a while.
"Dr. Bohn told me, ‘The good news is we can fix this with surgery. The bad news is you will have to see me again.' So I knew I'd eventually be back to replace the other hip," he said.
This year, almost exactly 10 years after the first surgery on his left hip, Dwight was back to see Dr. Bohn for his right hip. He performed the total hip replacement at Olathe Medical Center. Dwight was surprised by how much easier the recovery was the second time around.
"This is a fantastic procedure," he said. "I had almost no pain after the procedure. I walked the next day. I was walking all around the hospital."
"Now I can go out and cut wood, mow grass, work in the garden. I can get back to life. I was not able to do any of those things before surgery. It's only been five months, so I'm still healing, but last night I went out to the barn and mixed and poured some concrete and dug potatoes."
His advice to anyone experiencing hip or joint pain: "See what your options are. If the doctor says a total hip replacement is the way to go, don't be afraid of it. I wish I had done it earlier. Why go through the pain if you don't have to?"
"Once the pain is gone, you've got your life back."
Total Knee Replacement
Gayla Consiglio of Spring Hill battled pain in her right knee for a number of years. She tried numerous non-invasive treatments to help ease the pain, but that only provided temporary relief.
"I tried using cortisone shots to help ease the pain," Gayla said. "I didn't want to go through surgery, so this route seemed like the best at the time."
However, a fall on the ice in January 2014 prompted Gayla to look into surgery.
"I would encourage anyone who is living with constant pain to go talk with the orthopedic surgeons at MCMC. There is no reason to live your life with painful joints."
-Gayla Consiglio, total knee replacement
"I was very skeptical about surgery," Gayla said. "Dr. (Christopher) Eckland and his team at Johnson County Orthopedics in Paola were great. They helped me make the decision to proceed with a total knee replacement."
On Jan. 14, Gayla underwent a total knee replacement on her right knee. After a short stay in the hospital, she returned home and began working with the home health physical therapists. She then transitioned to the outpatient rehabilitation team at Miami County Medical Center (MCMC), just two weeks after her surgery.
"My recovery was so smooth," Gayla said. "The care I received in the hospital and in Dr. Eckland's office was second to none. Also, the rehab team was warm and caring and created a very pleasant atmosphere."
Gayla was so pleased with her surgical experience, she won't hesitate to have the procedure done on her left knee.
"I know it's coming, and I won't put it off this time," Gayla said. "I would encourage anyone who is living with constant pain to go talk with the orthopedic surgeons at MCMC. There is no reason to live your life with painful joints."
Kendrea Shingleton is an active duty member of the National Guard, based in Olathe. While she does not consider herself to be a runner - walking being her activity of choice - Kendrea has to complete a timed training run twice a year to keep her active duty status.
During a 10K run, she tore her meniscus while running up a hill. That put her ability to be active, and do her job, in jeopardy.
"Running is an important part of our training, and there was no way I could do that with the tear," Kendrea said.
She went to see Gregory P. Lynch, MD, at Johnson County Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (JCO), who performed a meniscus repair on her knee in September 2010.
After the surgery, Dr. Lynch worked with Kendrea to create a treatment plan that would keep her physically fit and active to meet the requirements of her job. Kendrea walks three - four times a week, and then she works some runs into her routine as training prior to her timed runs.
"I am so thankful to Dr. Lynch and the entire team at Johnson County Orthopedics," Kendrea said. "Everyone is friendly, and they explain things in a way that is easy to understand. That is very important to me."
Kendrea previously had wrist surgery with Lanny W. Harris, MD, at JCO, following a car accident, and her experience then was just as positive.
"The doctors and staff there work for me," she said. "I appreciate the way they take care of me as a person. I'm not just a number."
Kendrea says she and her co-workers refer their staff to JCO for orthopedic care. In addition to skilled medical care, she says the physicians also give great advice.
"You have to want to get better and find ways to stay active," she said. "Dr. Lynch taught me that you have to do what is right for you to stay active."
Total Shoulder Replacement and Hand Surgery
If you ask Gerard Weber about his life's passion, you get a pretty simple answer: farming.
"Farming is everything in my life," he said. "Beef cows, soy beans, corn, wheat, prairie hay - that's what it's all about for me."
However, a few years ago, Gerard was thinking he was going to have to sell the farm, because a lifetime of shoulder pain had finally reached the point where he couldn't use his arm anymore. He had a 90 percent rotator cuff tear and many sleepless nights worrying about who would run the farm if he was gone having surgery. So, he finished the harvest first and then saw Brian C. Kindred, MD, at Johnson County Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (JCO), for shoulder surgery a few months later.
He worked through three months of therapy and recovered quickly. "I couldn't get over not being in pain. I had shoulder pain my whole life, probably injured it in my younger years on the farm. But I had total use of my shoulder again," Gerard said.
Two years after the shoulder surgery, Gerard lost most of the mobilization in his right wrist because of arthritis.
"You don't realize all the things you do every day that you take for granted, like swiping a credit card or starting the car," Gerard said.
He went back to JCO where he met Lanny W. Harris, MD. Now, eight months since having wrist surgery, Gerard is pain-free and still marvels at the difference in his wrist before the surgery and after.
"The doctors change lives - they changed my life," Gerard said. "I'm just thrilled. Now nothing holds me back."
Total Shoulder Replacement
Tom Sherard was exercising during cardiac rehabilitation from open heart surgery, when he says he "popped" something in his left shoulder.
"The pain got worse," he said. "I had cortisone shots, but the pain was intolerable. I mean, it hurt."
Tom couldn't do everyday tasks that we all take for granted, like getting dressed or driving. He also couldn't enjoy his retirement hobbies of restoring furniture, working his 115-acre farm or hunting with his son and grandson.
That's when he went to see Christopher C. Eckland, DO, orthopedic specialist at Miami County Medical Center. Dr. Eckland recommended total shoulder replacement surgery. The surgery was followed by rehab work with Christine Davis, a physical therapist at Louisburg Rehabilitation.
"Having the total shoulder procedure made all the difference in the world for me," Tom said. "I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to enjoy my hobbies without shoulder pain. But now, I'm back in the field and back in my workshop doing what I love."