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Bill Chase, hip replacement patient with fishing pole

Lanny Love, ankle replacement

From a long line of dairy farmers, Lanny Love was used to hard labor and the physical pain that goes along with it. But when the stabbing pain in his ankle was enough to stop him from driving his tractor, he knew he needed a drastic solution.

Read Lanny’s story and watch his video.


Bill Chase, hip replacement patient with fishing pole

Bill Chase, hip replacement

Farmer, fisherman and proud grandfather Bill Chase was enjoying retirement. Then pain (what he thought was back trouble) began to prevent him from keeping up with his grandkids and made him give up fishing. But the doctor told him it wasn’t his back at all. He needed a new hip…

Read Bill’s story and watch his video.

Becky Jones, hip replacement patient on the tennis court

Becky Jones, hip replacement

Becky Jones could hardly get in and out of a car due to severe hip pain. Playing on the floor with her grandchild was out of the question. When she began hobbling so badly her co-workers said she looked like she was 100 years old (she was just 56), she knew she needed to see a doctor…

Read Becky’s story and watch her video.


Mark Banks, knee replacement patient outdoors

Mark Banks, knee replacement

An avid athlete in his younger days, Mark Banks spent his adult years hiking and backpacking. But then knee pain forced him to pack lighter and take shorter trips. Soon the 59-year-old history teacher had to give up hiking. Then on a trip with his father, Mark decided he couldn’t live this way any longer…

Read Mark’s story and watch his video.

Sheriff Dexter Lunceford, knee replacement patient in front of police cruiser

Sheriff Dexter Lunceford, knee replacement

I was playing basketball two nights a week and playing golf. My knee was bone-on-bone and the doctor said I had to quit playing. Not being able to play basketball might not sound like a big deal to most people, but it was huge for me. I’ve been playing basketball all my life…

Read Sheriff Dexter Lunceford’s story.

Carl Moore, knee replacement patient with his horse

Carl Moore, knee replacement

One by one, 86-year-old Carl Moore’s favorite activities became increasingly more painful. Walking the hills on his farm. Mowing. Climbing steps at his granddaughter’s volleyball games. Working out at the Y. When the pain reached a level that kept him from doing anything, it was time to see a doctor…

Read Carl’s story.

Jennifer Pinnell, knee replacement patient on bicycle

Jennifer Pinnell, knee replacement

At 48 years old, Jennifer Pinnell didn’t dream knee replacement surgery would be in her near future. She was a busy respiratory therapist in Johnson City, walked 15 to 20 miles each week and ran 5K races. Then while watching television one day, she did something she lived to regret…

Read Jennifer’s story and watch her video.


Matt Hardin, shoulder replacement patient

Matt Hardin, shoulder replacement

Matt Hardin lived with unrelenting pain in his right shoulder. It was so bad, the 48-year-old CT technician only slept a few hours each night. He tried patches and progressively stronger painkillers. Nothing worked. His shoulder felt as if someone was constantly stabbing him. He had to do something…

Read Matt’s story.