How Total Knee Replacement Surgery Landed Carol Welsch Back on the Ski Slopes
Carol Welsch was 60 when she decided to take up skiing, an activity she
enjoyed with her grandchildren. After nine years, a few injuries and the
deterioration of one knee, she discovered she needed knee replacement surgery.
The West Orange mother and grandmother chose to go to
Frank Femino, M.D., the Medical Director of the Joint & Spine Institute at Clara Maass
Medical Center, last fall. She was inspired by her husband Don’s
successful hip replacement performed by Dr. Femino. Now, following knee
replacement, Mrs. Welsch feels great and will return to the ski slopes
Dr. Femino offers small-incision total knee replacement. He also uses state-of-the-art
pain management to minimize post-operative pain and quickly return patients
to active lifestyles. Through Dr. Femino and his orthopedic team, patients
can expect minimized blood loss, decreased pain during rehabilitation,
a shorter hospital stay, and reduced scarring.
“It’s important to me to make sure that every patient becomes
a success story,” says Dr. Femino. “My goal is to get patients
back to doing things they enjoy.”
Dr. Femino, Chief of Orthopedics at CMMC, has performed more than 4,000
joint replacement surgeries, primarily of the hip and knee. His surgery
experience ranges from routine procedures to those considered “high
risk” as well as those rarely attempted or compromised by previous
Last November, Mrs. Welsch became another one of his success stories. Just
24 hours after surgery, she was walking with minimal assistance and was
able to return to work in three weeks. She took part in group physical
therapy, which inspired and motivated her.
“It feels like a miracle when you experience day-to-day improvement,”
Mrs. Welsch said. “The experience I had with my therapist and those
who struggled along with me encouraged me to succeed.
” Mrs. Welsch said other factors also added to her success. She followed
exercise tips and read information provided by Dr. Femino before her operation.
She attended a seminar by Dawn Bibbo, RN, MSN, ONC, the Service Line Manager
for Orthopedics, offered every Tuesday for orthopedic patients to prepare
them for surgery.
It has been less than a year since her knee replacement and Mrs. Welsch
said she is nearly back to normal. She no longer experiences pain or hesitation
when walking down a flight of stairs. She recently took a trip to Oregon
with her husband and is planning a ski trip with her granddaughter this winter.
Mrs. Welsch was so pleased with her experience, she wrote a letter about
Dr. Femino to Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and CEO of Barnabas Health,
and Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and CEO of CMMC. She said, “Dr.
Frank Femino is a smart, caring and skillful physician. He serves his
patients and his Clara Maass community with an unswerving commitment to
excellence. It is no surprise that he has earned the respect and admiration
of his patients as well as his dedicated staff.”
Recently, she commented about the hospital, “With Clara Maass, you
could never say that you didn’t know what to expect. They do their
best to minimize a patient’s anxiety through information and education.
The whole atmosphere at Clara Maass is like that of a family.”
I was 60-years-old when I decided to take up skiing.
Thanks to the outstanding orthopedic care I received at
Clara Maass Medical Center, not even a knee replacement will keep me from enjoying another winter
of ski trips with my grandchildren.
That is something I will never forget. I am so grateful.
When faced with surgery, I looked no further than Clara Maass. I immediately
called Dr. Frank Femino, Medical Director of the Joint & Spine Institute
there. He performed my husband Don’s successful hip replacement
and I had complete confidence in him and the rest of the Clara Maass team.
Just 24 hours after surgery, I was walking with minimal assistance.
My positive experience began before I even had surgery. I took advantage
of a surgery preparation seminar offered at the hospital and I was so
glad I did! Knowing what to expect reduced my anxiety and truly helped
me through the healing process. Group physical therapy after surgery inspired
and motivated me. The compassionate nursing care was second to none. The
entire staff was amazing and each of them encouraged me to succeed.
Generous donations make outcomes like mine possible for all Clara Maass patients.
Carol Welsch West Orange, NJ
Stories like Carol's are made possible in part thanks to generous
donations to The Joint & Spine Institute. As a nonprofit organization,
Clara Maass Medical Center relies on your support to continue giving the
best care to our patients.