Milt Meyer: Total Knee Replacements

“I’m glad I had my knees replaced at Allegiance Health. Everybody—my surgeon, nurses and physical therapists—were great with both surgeries."

Milt Meyer fishing

Milt Meyer was camping in the Upper Peninsula when he finally reached his limit. “My swollen knee was hurting so bad, I knew I had to do something.” Milt’s orthopaedic surgeon Paul Kenyon, MD, gave him a Cortisone shot to reduce his discomfort—and that worked long enough for him to go on a Montana fishing trip—but the pain returned shortly after.

When even everyday things like climbing the stairs in his home in Colon, Michigan, became a painful chore, Milt decided to have surgery. “By then, my knee was just bone on bone. I’m sorry I didn’t have the surgery quicker.”

"My knee was just bone on bone. I’m sorry I didn’t have the surgery quicker.” Milt Meyer, total knee replacement patient

After his sister-in-law told him about the good experience she’d had, Milt chose Allegiance Health to have his right knee replaced in 2012, and returned about a year later for his left knee. “I’m glad I had my knees replaced at Allegiance. Everybody—my surgeon, nurses and physical therapists—were great with both surgeries. I have no complaints. And the food was good too!”

A retired GM employee and former farmer, Milt loves the outdoors and his pastimes reflect it. He enjoys deer hunting, and fishing for trout, salmon and bass. Milt and his wife, Marilyn, also belong to a camping group. Together, they’ve traveled as far north as Alaska and as far south as Alabama’s gulf coast, but Michigan-camping in places like Grand Marais on Lake Superior is a favorite.

“Being outside by the water is good for my soul,” Milt said. “I enjoy the pine smell in the air.”

With two new knees, Milt feels ready for many more outdoor adventures. “Now, I’m back to doing about everything I want to do. I’ve been active all my life, and I’m not going to stop now. As long as I can go, I want to keep going.”

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