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Avera Medical Minute: Knee Scopes

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Baby Boomers are the first generation to try to remain active on aging frames. This generation is fighting the effects of aging every step of the way. That's why more of them are turning to Orthopedic Surgeons.

Wear and tear of an active life and an eventual slip on the golf course led Cal Willemssen to Dr. Peter Looby's office. The surgeon treated him like any other MVP who wanted to get back in the game, using knee arthroscopy to remove the rough cartilage.

"I've had two years of relatively no pain. Relatively doing what I want to do physically, getting better at some of those things and it really worked quite well for me," he said.

Baby boomers like Cal are balancing their desire to stay active with the fact that they're starting to see the onset of conditions that affect their joints. Orthopedic surgeons now have more options to help them stay active. 

"What has changed over the last few years is instead of a five inch scar and days in the hospital, you can have this taken care of through two or three small incisions and go home the same day," Dr. Looby said.

Cal's amazed by how medical science has so vastly improved the quality of his life and his golf game:

"You know as I out-drive them. I usually try to say 'not bad for a 60 year old with a really bad knee," he said.

Dr. Looby recommends that initial knee pain be diagnosed and treated by general internists, in addition to physical therapists.

If you have questions call 877-AT-AVERA or visit this website: www.averamckennan.org

 

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