Frank's Story

Bilateral Knee Replacement

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“My arthritis pain is all gone.”
The softball field is a second home for Frank Racino, but arthritis pain in both knees nearly sidelined him. “It was severe. I couldn’t even sleep,” he says.

Two weeks after undergoing a bilateral knee replacement at the Joint Replacement Center at Rochester General Hospital, Frank was walking without crutches or a cane. “I’m back to my routine. My arthritis pain is all gone.”

There is no slowing down this 65-year-old. He plays on two softball leagues, and today he proudly declares that he can walk long distances and also squat down further. Frank keeps a positive attitude, which he says contributed to his quick success, and he is especially grateful for the work of the nurses and doctors at the Joint Replacement Center.

“They showed compassion and did a phenomenal job with information. All the friendly faces made my stay in the hospital more comfortable,” he says. Frank particularly remembers Dr. David Carrier and Jeff Withall, an orthopaedic nurse.

Frank’s advice for other knee replacement patients: “Just do it. Don’t put it (surgery) off. If the pain is affecting your everyday lifestyle – get it done.”