Total Knee Replacement: A 'Ta-Da!' for Mary Jo

For most people, vacuuming is a simple house chore, but it wasn’t until recently Mary Jo Antons could sweep every room in her house without taking a break.

A Decade of Knee Pain

For about 10 years, she lived with knee pain that gradually worsened, until she finally decided to do something about it. “It’s one of those things where you say, ‘I can put up with this a little longer and a little longer,’ and that turns into years,” Mary Jo says. “I waited too long to take care of myself.”

She wasn’t happy with the results of initial doctor appointments, so Mary Jo, an office coordinator for Queen City Physicians - Western Hills Pediatrics, part of TriHealth Physician Partners, asked coworkers and friends for a recommendation for a new doctor. That, along with a little of her own research, is how she chose Mark A. Snyder MD, an orthopedic surgeon in TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute and director of the Orthopedic Center of Excellence at Good Samaritan Hospital.

After several evaluations to assess Mary Jo’s health, Dr. Snyder advised Mary Jo to receive a total right knee replacement, which Mary Jo was more than willing to undergo. “I was in such pain that I was ready,” she says. “I knew something had to be done, and I knew (a knee replacement) was what had to be done.”

Even on her way into the operating room at Good Samaritan, Mary Jo says she wasn’t nervous. “After I met Dr. Snyder, got more feedback and did more research on him, I thought, ‘I have no qualms about his abilities.’”

A Successful Surgery & Swift Recovery

As expected, Mary Jo’s surgery went swimmingly, and her recovery “has been like ta-da!” as she puts it. She experienced minimal pain and no swelling or bruising. Only a narrow red line on her knee remains of the surgery, and she continues to work with a physical therapist twice a week at Good Samaritan Outpatient Center – Glenway.

About her caregivers in and out of the hospital, Mary Jo can’t say enough. “My care at Good Samaritan was phenomenal. Those people are compassionate, caring and attentive,” she says. “Dr. Snyder, the physical therapists at the hospital and at the Glenway office – the coordination between all of them worked very beautifully for me.”

Now, Mary Jo can do more than vacuum her house without stopping. She’s able to climb stairs with both legs, stand for longer periods of time and walk farther. One of her favorite activities is walking with her husband of 47 years at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Combined, they’ve lost 55 pounds since Mary Jo’s surgery.

“I’m not walking fast, but I’m going up and down hills,” she says, “It’s fabulous to be able to do it and not have the pain.”

It’s so fabulous that Mary Jo has already scheduled surgery to have her left knee replaced. “I don’t have any qualms about it,” she says.

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Last Updated: November 02, 2015