Jerry Harr: Total Knee & Shoulder Replacement

Jerry jokingly refers to himself as “the Bionic Man,” because he has undergone total joint replacement on both knees and a shoulder—all at Allegiance Health.

Jerry Harr loves the outdoors, especially camping, boating and fishing, and he looks forward to doing them all without pain. He jokingly refers to himself as “the Bionic Man,” because he has undergone total joint replacement on both knees and a shoulder—all at Allegiance Health. Jerry expects a second shoulder replacement in the not-too-distant future, and he has no doubt about where he will have it done.

“My family and I have been going to Allegiance Health since forever,” Jerry said. “At one point my mother, father and brother were all in the hospital at the same time, and they all had good experiences.” 

When shoulder pain kept Jerry awake on a late-summer camping trip, he knew it was time to do something about it. Jerry suspected he would need surgery, but he wasn’t too worried about it because of his past experience. “I had been suffering with knee pain for way too long,” Jerry recalled. “My doctor did a great job and had me walking right away. By the time of my first post-surgical check up, I didn’t even need a cane.” 

For his shoulder replacement, in October 2011, Jerry went to orthopaedic surgeon Robert Doane, MD. Prior to the surgery, Dr. Doane explained the procedure in detail and told Jerry what to expect. “Dr. Doane is funny and smart and made me very confident that everything would go well,” Jerry said. 

Once again, his Allegiance Health experience was a positive one. “The staff was fantastic on nights as well as days, and everyone treated me very well. I was also really impressed with the level of technology at Allegiance,” Jerry said.

Having completed his physical therapy, Jerry is committed to daily exercise in his home gym. “I know that if I keep exercising I am going to succeed,” he said. “It’s great to be able to comfortably sleep on my side and to lie on the floor and watch TV, which used to be too painful. When I am completely healed, I’ll be able to do almost anything.”

As the weather gets warmer, Jerry and his wife, Monetta, are looking forward to using their new camper. “Our son and daughter-in-law in Knoxville, Tennessee, are expecting our first grandchild in May, and we are planning to be there,” Jerry said.

If you are a smoker, it’s important for you to understand that smoking slows recovery and increases the risk of problems. Several weeks prior to surgery, talk with your health care provider if you need help quitting.