This is part 2 in a series. To read part 1, please click here.
On 2/15 at 2:15 Genoveffa Colandrea walked into Rothman Institute’s Manahawkin office for her first post-op visit following total knee replacement. Despite her being less than a month out from her surgery she walked in. No cane, no walker, just a slight limp.
“It feels pretty good,” Colandrea said. “It is a little stiff, which is to be expected, but I have no pain. Even right after surgery the pain wasn’t that bad and the medicine I had took care of it right away”
Colandrea has been doing her physical therapy (PT) as scheduled and was optimistic about her post-op appointment.
“If I was still as heavy as I was prior to undergoing nutritional counseling with Ciara Beck, I know PT would’ve been much more difficult,” she said.
“I just want to be able to drive again. That’ll help me get back into my regular routine.”
As she sat in the waiting room a unique, fortunate, coincidence occurred.
Beck came out and introduced Dee Longo to Colandrea. Longo, from Tinton Falls, read the first part of Colandrea’s story and was inspired. (PIC) She called Rothman Institute and scheduled her own appointment for nutritional counseling with Beck.
“Her story was inspiring and with my birthday coming up I wanted to talk with someone about losing some weight and getting healthy,” Longo said. “I have already had my knees replaced at Rothman and want to get the most out of them.”
“Ciara was wonderful. I learned a lot. We talked about some goals and I am very encouraged for the future,” she said.
Colandrea couldn’t have been happier to help.
“I am glad someone saw it and called.”
After their brief exchange it was time for Colandrea to go back and see the doctor.
Moments later Chris Adams, Dr. Fabio Orozco’s Physician’s Assistant, came in with two physical therapists to examine her and review her x-rays.
After a brief exam and after discussing her recovery and PT schedule, Adams was pleased with her progress.
“Everything looks good,” said Adams. “She has very little pain and is doing her PT as prescribed. She is exactly where we want her to be a month out from surgery.”
Then Adams gave her some good news.
She had no restrictions. That meant she could start driving.
Colandrea was very happy to hear it.
Adams and the physical therapists left and then Dr. Orozco popped in to talk with her.
After some hugs, Dr. Orozco reconfirmed to Colandrea that she was doing great and he would see her again in a month.
But before that appointment was another date with Beck to see how her weight management was progressing.
For Part 3 please click here.
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