By Samantha Gluck
Unhealthy joints, old and recent injuries, health-related joint and bone pain, and related musculoskeletal discomforts prevent many people from engaging in the activities they enjoy most. These injuries can have a negative, life-altering effect and diminish a person’s ability to perform even the most basic physical activities of everyday life.
Kevin Rogers, EdD, Superintendent of Schools for Lewisville Independent School District, dealt with years of knee pain—until he decided to look into his options with Dr. Minn H. Saing, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Texas Bone & Joint at Medical City Lewisville. Like many young men, Dr. Rogers played sports in high school. He suffered injuries, which required a reparative knee surgery. As an adult, he picked up racquetball and, you guessed it, at age 40, injured that same knee again and underwent a second knee surgery. “I rested and hoped the injury would resolve on its own, but it didn’t ever completely heal. It became slightly swollen, a condition which persisted over the next eight years. I developed a slight limp,” he explained. He went on to say that the pain wasn’t excruciating, but it was always there along with the swelling.
The Journey Toward a Life Without Pain
Dr. Rogers tried numerous treatments like local steroid and hyaluronic acid injections to relieve the pain and swelling, but the relief was always temporary. At this point, he understood that he would likely need surgery in order to return to normal activity levels, but wanted to know for sure. Based on his knowledge of the hospital’s high quality outcomes and its comprehensive orthopedic program through serving on the Medical City Lewisville Board of Trustees, Dr. Rogers chose to explore his options. He was introduced to Dr. Minn Saing, an orthopedic and sports medicine physician who specializes in total knee and shoulder replacement and general orthopedic surgery.
“Dr. Rogers came in with complaints of daily joint pain in his right knee,” Dr. Saing said of their first appointment. “My goal as an orthopedic surgeon is to listen to patient complaints, then work with them to develop a treatment plan that will help them regain full function in the injured area,” said Dr. Saing. He went on to say that, unlike most other specialties, orthopedic surgery allows him and his patients to experience a level of instant gratification from both minimally-invasive and traditional surgical treatments. He emphasized the importance of patient education about all their options, so they can truly make an informed decision.
Dr. Rogers mentioned that this first visit strengthened what he already knew about the orthopedics program at Medical City Lewisville, that they are committed to the highest quality care and positive patient outcomes. “I appreciate that Dr. Saing never pressured me into surgery. Instead, he thoroughly explained the various options I had, several of which were non-surgical, along with the pros and cons of each,” he said. “After carefully considering each possibility, I opted for a total knee replacement procedure. Dr. Saing then sat down with me again and explained the procedure in detail.”
Depending on the type of job a person has, it may not be easy to take two full weeks off at once for surgery. Such is the case with Dr. Rogers, who said, “Another great thing about Dr. Saing is that he was happy to work around my schedule. As Superintendent of Schools for Lewisville ISD, it’s difficult for me to take two weeks off of work. Because of this, we decided to do the surgery the week of Thanksgiving.” He then only had to take one week off of work and subsequently returned part-time and worked his way back to a full-time schedule. “I highly recommend, and have recommended, Medical City Lewisville and Dr. Saing to anyone in the North Texas area who needs an orthopedic surgeon,” he said.
After an orthopedic surgery procedure, like a total knee replacement, the patient typically must undergo some type of physical therapy. Medical City Lewisville offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Dr. Rogers said he was able to choose where he wanted to go for physical therapy. In many cases, the physician chooses for the patient, but that’s not the case with Medical City Lewisville. Amid many other options, Dr. Rogers chose the Rehabilitation Institute at Medical City Lewisville for outpatient physical therapy. “There were other facilities closer to my home, but the program there is outstanding and they strive to ensure you get the same physical therapist each visit, which goes a long way toward continuity of care,” he explained.
Dr. Rogers has been with Lewisville ISD for 34 years and is frequently on his feet, attending events and visiting students and faculty at many different campuses. “I really feel great that my new knee is allowing me to be pain-free,” he said.
Don’t live with joint pain any longer than you must. Contact Medical City Lewisville today and get the expert help you need to move forward pain-free.
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Lewisville, TX 75057