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Back doing what I love

  • Author: Amy Nyberg
  • Date Submitted: Aug 8, 2023
  • Category: Orthopedics

“I was so tired of telling my grandsons I can't play now, Nana's knees hurt. Then I had both knees replaced at Memorial and am back doing what I love.”

In 2021, Amy, an avid hiker, active grandmother and wife to a small-business owner, knew she would have to do something about the pain in her knees. That’s when she went to see Nathan Cohen, MD. She was referred to him for a previous procedure by friends who described him as a “well-oiled machine.” He recommended both knees be replaced if she wanted to continue the active lifestyle she loved.

The pain she experienced made it difficult to stand for even more than five minutes at a time and was affecting her professional and personal life. Amy also loved to paint, and started to notice that she didn’t have the energy to be creative anymore.

“I was tired of telling my grandkids, ‘I can’t—Nana’s knees hurt,’” explains Amy.

In September 2021, her right knee was replaced, and just six months after the surgery, she was hiking with her family in Rocky Mountain National Park, a place she has always wanted to hike. Still, she knew the left knee was wearing down. At the beginning of 2023, she had her left knee replaced as well.

Now, with two new knees and no pain, she’s getting stronger every day. She looks forward to many more years of vacationing with her family and helping her husband at his pasta shop. “Next stop,” says Amy, “Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.”