‘My walk feels natural and normal’

At age 68, Gail Norris of Fairbury, Illinois, had been dealing with knee pain for nearly a decade.

Several years ago, she underwent knee arthroscopy to have damaged cartilage removed.

“I was told they had to take a lot of cartilage from the anterior portion of my right knee and that eventually I may need a total knee replacement,” Gail said. “Over the years it had just become more painful – especially at night – and swollen.”

When she turned to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brett Keller at OSF HealthCare Medical Group – College Avenue, the pain and deterioration of her knee joint from advanced osteoarthritis had caused Gail to walk with a limp.

“Before knee replacement, Gail had tried limiting her activity, underwent physical therapy, and endured anti-inflammatory and pain medications, in addition to joint injections,” Dr. Keller said.

In late February this year, Dr. Keller performed total knee arthroplasty at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center using navigation, which uses a CT scan to improve accuracy and surgical outcomes.

Pleased with the outcome

Today, Gail, who works in human resources at Illinois State University, said her knee feels good. “I would say it’s not like 100 percent natural that I don’t notice it, but it’s getting better all the time,” she said.

But best of all, she can enjoy swimming, walking with her grandchildren and gardening without the discomfort of joint pain.

“And my walk feels natural and normal,” she said. “I received good care, and my experience was exactly as they described.”

About Author: Lisa Coon

Lisa Coon is a Writing Coordinator for OSF HealthCare, where she has worked since August 2016. A Peoria native, she is a graduate of Bradley University with a degree in journalism. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor at the Peoria Journal Star for 13 years followed by six years at The Register-Mail in Galesburg overseeing all daily assignments and the paper’s niche products.

She lives in Groveland with her husband and son. In her free time she likes to cook and read and spend as much time as possible watching her son play high school baseball and golf. She’s embarrassed to admit reality TV is a weakness, and she lives by the quote, “The beach is good for the soul.”

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