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January 15, 2013

What would you do if you were a mountain guide who couldn’t get out of a chair?

Terry DeWald didn’t sit still. For long.

Facing a degenerative condition that called for double knee replacements, Terry could have sat down. Due to advanced orthopaedic treatment and his own determination, he’s back guiding hikers up the mountains he loves.

Read Terry’s story and find your own inspiration at

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) are working together to increase awareness about hip and knee pain treatment options. Is hip or knee pain interfering with your day-to-day activities? Discuss treatment options with an orthopaedic surgeon to improve your quality of life.

Fight for Your Mobility! Be an educated patient. If you’re not sure that information on the internet or in a magazine is from a trusted medical source, ask your physician.

If you are a total joint replacement candidate, ask your doctor these questions:
  • Which device would be best for me, based on my diagnosis?
  • What are the alternate treatments? If I do not have surgery, what are the risks?
  • How many of these procedures do you perform each year?
  • What are your results (outcomes data) associated with this procedure?
  • What are the complication rates associated with this procedure?
  • What is the usual hospital routine, home rehabilitation schedule and expected time before returning to work, driving or exercise?
  • Is there anything I can do to prepare for surgery (i.e., stop smoking, exercise, lose weight, or change diet)?
Don’t let hip or knee pain compromise your life!

For more information on hip or knee pain, or joint replacements, visit and

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