Considering Bilateral Knee Replacement? Tom’s Story
A collection of brief reports by:
Bilateral Knee Replacement Patient: Tom Moceri
Recovery Coach: Lisa Pelley
Physical Therapist: Yvonne Lacrosse
Clinical Liaison: Mary Elliott
Special thanks to film editor Sean Bronsteen and copy editor (and X10 alumnus) Sue Bensinger.
My name is Tom. I am 67 years young. You know everyone has a life changing events as they age. Bilateral knee replacement surgery changed mine.
My career as a Master Electrician working construction did a number on my knees. After 12 years of limping in pain on my arthritic knees it was time for my knee surgery. I could not play with my grand children, play golf: my quality of life was gone. I searched the internet for the best orthopedic knee surgeons and ways to recover from bilateral knee replacement. Past knee patients recommend Dr. Richard Perry from St. Clair Orthopedic Sports Medicine in Saint Clair Shores MI. And fortunately I discovered The X10 Knee Recovery System ™ on the internet. Patients who used the X10 post surgery experienced remarkable results after their knee surgery. Many may be considering bilateral knee replacement; I went ahead with it.
Now the plan was in place to change my life.
An X10 for My Recovery
I was able to test the X10 machine before my knee surgery with the help of a wonderful caring and spiritual angel, Mary, from the X10 company. Mary explained the advantage the X10 recovery system over traditional therapy methods. A new model X10 bilateral machine would be delivered to my home in time for surgery.
I can’t thank my surgeon Dr. Richard Perry enough and the X10 coaches that came to my home and made the experience overwhelmingly positive.
Again I am grateful to all the X10 team Mary, Lisa, and Yvonne and Dr. Perry for their part in my successful speedy recovery and my new life. I am on my way to taking long walks, playing golf, and playing with my grandchildren.
A Motivated Patient
By Yvonne Lacrosse, Physical Therapist
My name is Yvonne Lacrosse, Director of Physical Therapy and I had the privilege of coaching Tom Moceri through his bilateral knee replacement recovery on the X10.
Tom was very motivated from the time he was discharged from the hospital. He came home with bilateral pain pumps, which I told him we would need to be a little conservative on the X10 while the pain pumps were in place; he took them out a day later and was able to manage his pain levels well. When I told Tom that the next few weeks would feel like a full-time job, he took it seriously as a challenge and was very dedicated to his therapy.
A New Bilateral X10 Machine
Tom was a wonderful patient to work with, he followed all the instructions for therapy with the x10 and asked for more. He used our bilateral X10 machine a total of 3 hours a day- 1 ½ hours of therapy for each leg per day for 2 weeks, and was well over 100 degrees of flexion for both legs and at 0 degrees of extension. He was so proud to be able to walk into his doctor’s office without assistance from a cane or walker, and was so happy to be able to show off his ability to move well after only 10 days! I am very proud of Tom for not only his success, but for his dedication to using our X10.
A Big Heart
By Lisa Pelley – Recovery Coach
Every day we meet new people; however it’s not every day that you meet people like Tom. Just that he was considering bilateral knee replacement told me a lot about who he was. But it was during our first phone chat when I called to welcome him to our X10 Recovery team, I thought “this is someone I would love to hang out with” Tom loves life! In our short chat, he talked about family events, pizza food trucks and his commitment to having the best knee recovery.
Tom had a deep level of gratefulness for everything that happened in an effort to get his X10 delivered. His heart and energy are contagious and I strongly believe it was a very important part of his recovery along with his X10 of course!
Tom Did His Homework
By Mary Elliott, Clinical Liaison.
Relationships play such important roles in our lives. Relationships that are built on trust and clear communication not only stand on a strong foundation but are also the most rewarding. My relationship with Tom began with a phone conversation as he was considering bilateral knee replacement surgery. My name is Mary and I have the pleasure of being one of the first people that patients connect with at X10. Tom had been researching on the internet for rehabilitation options, which lead him to X10. Within my first conversation with Tom I learned that he already had chosen a surgeon that he felt confident with and now was in the process of finding the recovery method that would give him the results he wanted. He had a lot of questions.
Tom knew exactly what he needed from his upcoming knee surgery and from his recovery. Tom shared with me what his fears were and what obstacles he wanted to avoid. Tom knew and he had heard of people who had had a rough recovery and he was going to do everything he could in order to ensure his recovery went as quickly as possible with little to no obstacles or complications. He expressed to me the importance of recovering quickly that time mattered to him.
Once I understood what Tom’s needs were and what he needed, we quickly became teammates to make that happen. I am happy to say I am so honored to have been a part of Tom’s journey. From our initial conversation where Tom became filled with hope to today where he has reached his goal- wow!!! Wow, what a beautiful happy ending for us both. Thank you, Tom. Thank you for allowing me to be your teammate. It brings me such joy to see you so…happy!!! You did it!!! You reached your goal!!! It’s simply beautiful to hear the joy in Tom’s voice when he shares with me all the future activities he will now be doing. Inspiring for us all!!!!
The X10 Meta-Blog
We call it a “Meta-Blog” because we step back and give you a broad perspective on all aspects of knee health, surgery and recovery.
In this one-of-a-kind blog we gather together great thinkers, doers, writers related to Knee Surgery, Recovery, Preparation, Care, Success and Failure. Meet physical therapists, coaches, surgeons, patients, and as many smart people as we can gather to create useful articles for you. Whether you have a surgery upcoming, in the rear-view mirror, or just want to take care of your knees to avoid surgery, you should find some value here.