Roger’s Story

A life filled with athletic pursuits on the baseball field, basketball court, jogging trails and golf course took a toll on Roger’s knees. At age 69, he had worn away the protective cartilage in both knees until only painful bone on bone remained.

Roger’s surgery was done at Palomar Medical Center Poway. The following day he transferred to Palomar Medical Center Escondido's Acute Rehabilitation Unit on the 9th floor.

“The staff is extremely skilled and they focus on exercises that get you going so you can function on your own again as soon as possible,” Roger says. “The nurses were so attentive, I felt like I was a VIP.”

For eight days in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, Roger worked on learning how to walk safely, get in and out of bed independently and otherwise take care of himself and his new knees. After going home, he continued with outpatient rehabilitation services where the focus turned to strengthening, balance and flexibility.

“My first goal was to be able to bend my knees to tuck my feet under a chair,” Roger says. “Eight weeks after surgery, I can just about do that with my right knee and I’m close with the left knee.”

“Anyone thinking about replacing both knees at the same time must understand that the rehabilitation is very intensive and that there will be a period of down time,” Roger says. “I look at it as an investment in my quality of life for the future. It’s so nice to be pain free once again and know that I can do the things I really enjoy.”

If Roger's story inspired you, give now to the Palomar Health Foundation to help other patients like him. Contact us at 760.739.2787 to discuss any gift opportunities.

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    Poway, CA 92064