Knee Replacement Surgery Allows Woodbury, NJ Nonagenarian an Active Lifestyle, Independence
May 10, 2012
At 94, Edward Moore lives an active life. The Woodbury, NJ resident windsurfs, plays bridge and does strength training regularly.
In his early 90s, when pain in his right knee began to slow him down, he paid a visit to Richard H. Rothman, MD, PhD, orthopedic surgeon and founder of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson, who recommended knee replacement surgery. He was 91.
“Mr. Moore was in a great deal of pain and otherwise healthy, making him a good candidate for surgery,” says Dr. Rothman. “Not everyone his age is.”
Moore made a complete recovery and was back at his normal activities within months. He refers to the surgery and recovery as “uneventful”.
“We look at the whole person when determining if someone is a good candidate for knee replacement surgery,” says Dr. Rothman. “We examine their overall health and whether surgery will maintain or improve their quality of life. We wanted Mr. Moore to be able to be as active as possible for as long as possible without any adverse effects on his overall health.”
Recent research has shown that knee replacement surgery can give new life to patients riddled with pain and therefore sedentary or immobile, and dramatically improve fitness, cardiovascular and mental health in motivated patients.
Moore and his wife, 90, are entirely self-sufficient. “I do the grocery shopping, and all the errands,” says Moore. His wife gave up driving three years ago. “Without my knee replacement I wouldn’t be able to do things I need to do to meet the needs of my family,” he says. “My new knee and the mobility it provides is one of the reasons we can stay in our home and live independently,” says the Woodbury, NJ resident of 60 years. “I’m grateful Dr. Rothman was willing to do the surgery.”
Moore has even acquired a new hobby: dancing.
In August he will participate in the Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce’s “Dancing with the Stars” fundraiser where he will showcase his dancing prowess in a special dance highlighting the dancing ability of the older generation. He is currently in rehearsals with his professional dance partner, making the weekly drive from Woodbury to her dance studio in Glassboro.
“I’ve been blessed and lucky to have a full and active life well into my retirement years,” says Moore. A Cornell-educated chemist, Moore has been retired since 1984 and does not plan on slowing any time soon. “I’ll keep going for as long as my body, including my new knee, will let me,” he says.
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