Bob McNitt: Total Knee Replacement

"It felt like my knee was on fire."

Bob McNitt’s right knee has been a source of constant pain ever since a car accident in 1967. “I couldn’t walk anywhere without discomfort and a limp.”

By age 70, the pain had become such a part of his life, he’d just accepted it. Bob said, “Once you stop doing, you stop.” So, despite the discomfort, he took a part-time job at Kroger as a way to stay active.

But then, a conversation with his primary care physician, Brian Adamczyk, MD, opened Bob’s eyes to new possibilities. Dr. Adamczyk recommended he see orthopaedic surgeon Timothy Ekpo, DO, at Henry Ford Allegiance Health.

Dr. Ekpo reviewed Bob’s X-rays, which confirmed his knee joint was so worn, it was bone on bone. Then he sat down with Bob and his wife Darlene to discuss the options for addressing pain. Bob said, “I appreciated the way Dr. Ekpo responded to our questions. He never spoke down to us, but always made sure his answers were clear and easy to understand.”

Considering all of his options, Bob said, “My wife and I agreed. Let’s eliminate the problem with a new knee.”

Bob received a total knee replacement in May of 2015. “I chose Henry Ford Allegiance because I had full faith and trust in Dr. Ekpo and the staff, and I knew staying close to home was easier on my family. I’m very happy with my decision.”

Following his knee replacement surgery, Bob received physical therapy and rehabilitation in the Henry Ford Allegiance Joint Center, better known as Joint Camp. “We were given a chance to talk to another patient who had been through a similar procedure,” Bob said. “It was helpful to hear their advice and receive encouragement.”

Bob returned to his part-time job at Kroger eight weeks after surgery. Since then, he has noticed having a new knee has given him better endurance on the job.

“Before my surgery, if I worked longer than five hours, I had grueling pain in my leg and knee. It felt like my knee was on fire. I’d have to go home and rest for an hour. Since my surgery, I can work seven or eight hours, it doesn’t matter.” Bob McNitt: Total knee replacement patient

Bob’s friends, family and coworkers have noticed the difference too. They say, “What happened? You’re walking better!”

Walking is, in fact, part of Bob and Darlene’s daily routine. Their two year old shih tzu Lola is happy to tag along too when they head to a local park near their home. “Now I can walk straight,” Bob said. “I have no limp and no limits.”

Regular exercise, such as walking, playing tennis, weight lifting, yoga or using a rowing machine can reduce the likelihood of bone fractures in people with osteoporosis.