How perfect: a month to the day after her June 24 bilateral knee replacement, today the physical therapist gave Ginny the thumbs-up to drive.
This means she has the strength and mobility to be able to respond safely to traffic situations. That’s a heck of a recovery after having both knees cut open, eh?
As you may have noticed, this is a very independent woman. So this makes her very happy.
At left is a photo of her strolling ever so casually into the store today, no canes, no bandages, no nuttin.
You know, I saw an orthopedics journal article recently that poopooed the faster recovery time of minimally invasive surgery, saying there’s no evidence that the patient’s doing any better six months later. Seriously, doctor? A faster return to normal isn’t worth anything?
That’s a clear indication that some doctors need to become a lot more patient-centered. As in, patient-centered outcomes, patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), etc.
For those who haven’t been following the story, it’s here. Here’s to modern medicine and patient engagement!
(It’s not over – she’s still on pain medications and doing exercises and PT. But she’s strong enough to walk without help, at least modest distances. And drive.)