Doug Hawkins is on his way up after bilateral knee replacement.

April 18, 2019

Doug Hawkins hated stairs. Simply standing at the bottom of a staircase felt like a bad dream. Trying to reach the top was an absolute nightmare. “People would tell me they could feel my pain just watching me struggle on each step,” recalls Doug.

Doug’s driveway leading to his 30 acre horse farm in Winchester, Kentucky.

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By the time he was 54, every activity Doug considered revolved around his knees. “The constant pain of bone-rubbing-on-bone arthritis affected every decision I made,” he says. Doug lived that way for five years and when he couldn’t take the pain any longer, a single decision transformed his life. Then he underwent bilateral total knee replacement at Abington’s Orthopaedic & Spine Institute (OSI) at Abington – Lansdale Hospital. Like many people who develop osteoarthritis, Mark had a family history of the disease.

Old photos of Doug’s family when they first moved to KY.

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“One morning I woke up and just couldn’t take it anymore,” says Doug. “I had had enough.” Doug discussed his surgical options with Andrew Star, MD, chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, UK Orthopeadic Surgery & Sports Medicine and opted to have both knees replaced at the same time.

Doug pre-surgery while his wife handles chores that are usually his responsibility.

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For Doug, the minimally invasive simultaneous joint replacement was a good choice. Dr. Star recommended a mobile bearing knee implant, comprised of the durable metals chromium and cobalt, with a plastic spacer. The plastic spacer, which replaces the cartilage, was designed to provide a more natural range of motion. With more than 150 knee replacement systems on the market today, the type of implant the surgeon chooses depends on the patient’s overall health, activity level, age and weight.

Doug watching his progress during a physical therapy session.

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