Bryan’s knee problems started in college and progressed over time,
despite three previous surgeries. By his early 50s, the cartilage in Bryan’s
knees – which acts as a shock-absorber and provides a cushion between
the bones to reduce friction – had worn away.
“My knees were bone to bone,” says the high school teacher
and wrestling coach. “It was getting really bad. People were constantly
telling me, ‘You’re walking funny.’”
The final straw came after some of his wrestlers accidentally barreled
into him during practice, knocking him over. Bryan’s knees swelled
up and the pain intensified. “I finally said to my wife, ‘I
think it’s time.’”
The Jackson resident selected Monmouth Medical Center orthopaedic surgeon
David Chalnick, M.D., who recommended replacing both knees at the same
time. The highly experienced joint replacement specialist felt Bryan was
a great candidate for bilateral knee replacement -- which provides a number
of advantages for certain patients, versus two separate operations.
“Bilateral knee replacement is certainly more difficult than a single
knee replacement, however, the overall recovery is quicker,” says
Dr. Chalnick, medical director of The Joint Replacement Center at Monmouth
Medical Center. “In the right patient, typically young and healthy,
this can be a great option.”
Bryan spent about four days in the hospital, followed by a week in a local
rehabilitation facility. He then returned home and attended outpatient
physical therapy sessions several times a week for the next month.
About six weeks after the surgery, Bryan had his last visit with Dr. Chalnick.
“He was so impressed with my range of motion and the way my legs
look,” says Bryan. “The results were so good, he doesn’t
need to see me for a year.”
Bryan also credits the support of his family as a key to his success.
“From preparing the house for when I arrived home, to driving me
to my PT visits, their encouragement was so helpful,” he says.
Bryan has started volunteering with the joint replacement information session group.
He wants others to know that joint replacement “gives you your life
“ You’re not sitting at the edge of the bed in the morning
looking for your anti-inflammatories, getting the nerve up to stand because
your hip or knees hurt,” he said.
For more information on the Joint Replacement Program at Monmouth Medical
732-923-7666 or visit barnabashealth.org/mmcjoint. To learn about volunteer opportunities
at Monmouth Medical Center, call