I started running with a group of ladies from Grand Ledge a couple of years ago, we call ourselves G.L.I.M.M.E.R. (Grand Ledge Insane Menopausal Moms Eager to Run). I had run in past years, but had cut way back due to a previous arthroscopic surgery on my right knee. Therefore, I wasn't sure if I would be able to run on a regular basis as the surgeon had said "NO RUNNING"! I was pleasantly surprised; I was able to run for close to a year without any problems. After running a half-marathon, several 5K's, playing recreational volleyball and softball, my luck had run out. My right knee was giving out, moderate to severe pain accompanied by a couple of sudden almost-falls down the stairs.
I was referred to Dr. Drayer by a fellow running buddy. I met with Dr. Drayer and he went over my options. We decided on a cortisone shot to help alleviate pain and to allow me to continue physical activity. This gave me time to evaluate knee resurfacing surgery. I decided to go ahead with the surgery. On October 12, 2009, I had 3 implants placed in my right knee, medial, lateral, and the knee cap. I participated whole-heartily in physical therapy and haven't looked back. I ran the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K in April, the Heart of a Spartan10K in May, the Josh Spalsbury Memorial 5K Comet Chase in June, the Mint City 10 Miler in August and have just completed the Capital City River Run Half-marathon. And, yes I still play co-ed volleyball a couple of times per week on my lunch hour.
Thank-you Dr. Drayer and Staff.
Fourteen weeks after my 2 chamber knee replacement I am happy to tell you that I participated in and finished the New York City 43 mile 5 Boro Bike Tour. My surgery was January 20, 2009 and the bike tour took place on May 3, 2009. We completed the ride with 30,000 friends through Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Stanten Island in about 5 hours. My knee felt great.
Thank you Dr, Drayer at Drayer Orthopedic and John Kohler at Exclusive Physical Therapy!
March 19, 2009
Dear Dr. Drayer and Staff,
After vacationing at Disney World with my grandsons, ages 7 and 10, last week and keeping up with them I decided it was time to write and say thank you! I was able to make the trip to Disney, hustle in the airport, and visit 4 theme parks in 4 days, of course we began early each morning and didn't stop until dark.
Here is a GREAT BIG thank you to Doctor Drayer and his staff for their continued support and always a listening ear!
Age 56, Avid Golfer and Hockey Player.
"Dr. Drayer resurfaced my knee about 4 years ago. When my General Practitioner asked me which knee it was, I honestly couldn't tell him. Even the small incisions are practically invisible. Thanks Doc."
Thank you to Dr. Drayer for offering me the option of knee resurfacing. Being an active 40+ year old woman, I was limited to the activities I was able to participate in due to knee pain. After several arthroscopic surgeries, Dr. Drayer shared with me the option of a fairly new procedure called knee resurfacing. It sounded like the solution I had been looking for, because I wasn't ready for a knee replacement. On June 9, 2009, I had the procedure, and by August 17, 2009, I was back at Jazzercise, September 13, 2009 I ran my 1st post-surgery 5K, and December 27, I was back downhill skiing!! Thank you also to Capitol Physical Therapy for the accelerated PT.
Thanks to Dr. Drayer and this procedure for allowing me to get back to the active lifestyle that I had nearly given up on. This procedure may not be for everyone, but it was absolutely the solution for me and my lifestyle. One year later I have completed more than 7 5k races, attend jazzercise 3 times a week and am pain free!