I’m Rosa and this is my story. Arthritis doesn’t decide what kind of life I live. I do.
It’s hard to believe, but just one year ago my arthritis kept me from doing one thing I really loved: dancing.
Working long hours on staff at Greenville Health System and chasing after seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren began to take a toll on my knees. Arthritis was creating all kinds of problems for me and keeping me from doing all the things that I loved. I thought that arthritis was something I would have to learn to live with.
Not long after that, a coworker told me how much his knee replacement surgery had changed his life and encouraged me to look into it. I was lucky to find Dr. Burnikel at Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas. At my consultation, he told me that the arthritis I had suffered with for so long had lead to the degeneration of my knee joint, and it wasn’t going to get any better. Knee replacement surgery was the only thing that could get me dancing again.
The idea of a knee replacement was unsettling, but Dr. Burnikel assured me that it would get me back to where I wanted to be. And, after surgery I’m dancing again. At my daughter’s recent surprise birthday party I danced the night away and outlasted everyone on the dance floor. If it weren’t for the staff and Dr. Burnikel at Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas my story might be different.
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