Dolores Bush (Knee)


Arthritic Knees Get Scorpio® Treatment — Full Speed Ahead!

Sixty-two-year-old Dolores Bush had always had a “little problem” with her knees. For a while, twice-yearly cortisone shots seemed to keep her advancing arthritis at bay. But when she began taking regular doses of Advil just to get through the day and more to bowl at night, her husband, Charlie, a team leader in the Stryker Orthopaedics Technical Services area, convinced her to investigate further.

When a surgeon told her both knees were now severely arthritic, bone-on-bone, and that one had an inch-long gap, she was stunned. “I had no idea my knees were that bad,” says Dolores. “You just learn to live with the pain. I wasn’t even thinking of knee replacement.”

After discussing with family — including her 28-year-old daughter, Nicole, and 39-year-old son, Charlie, who works in Stryker’s Spine division — she scheduled surgery for bilateral Scorpio® total knee replacements. Waking up without pain was her first sign of good things to come. After several months of therapy, she is back to driving, walking without a cane, working, and, maybe most importantly, bowling with her team.

For Charlie, his wife’s progress is both personally and professionally rewarding. “Over 30 years of working in implant manufacturing, I’ve always felt I was having a positive impact on someone’s life and well-being,” says Charlie. Now he knows for sure.