From a McLeod Magazine article with
Dr. Patrick Denton
“I no longer experience any pain. I enjoy living my life and participating in things that I once struggled to do.” — Chris Dubose
In the early 1990’s, Volunteer Firefighter Chris Dubose suffered a horrific car accident that required reconstruction of his right knee. The impact of his initial knee injury, coupled with years of physically demanding work, left Chris’ knee “bone on bone.”
“The bone in Chris’ knee had deteriorated, impacting his mobility, and causing pain up into the hip joint,” explained McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Patrick Denton. He could no longer walk straight or bear weight on his right leg.
Dr. Denton was no stranger to Chris. From shoulder surgery to a torn meniscus in his left knee, Chris had been under Dr. Denton’s care previously and knew the quality of his work.
Dr. Denton performed a total replacement on Chris’ knee in January 2019 at McLeod Regional Medical Center. A total knee replacement is a procedure to replace the weight-bearing portions of the knee joint to relieve pain and disability.
Immediately following surgery, Chris could feel that his once ailing knee had been completely repaired. “When the nurses assisted me in walking, I refused to use the walker because I already knew that my knee was healed,” said Chris.
Upon discharge from the hospital, Chris started physical therapy at McLeod Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine in Florence to improve the flexibility of his knee.
Eleven weeks after surgery, Chris returned to his job at Poly Quest — a firm that produces resin for bottles, strapping and other products — in Darlington, South Carolina. Chris also continued his commitment to the Howe Springs Fire Department team.
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE
If your knee or hip is limiting your mobility or causing you pain, your primary care physician can refer you to an Orthopedic Specialist.
Find an Orthopedic Specialist near you.
Read the entire article on Page 15, McLeod Magazine.