DocTalk Series:
Dr. Moore and Don

For over a decade, Don Gage has cultivated a garden full of vegetables, giving what he grows to the community of Heber Springs.

 

“What I raise a garden for...it’s the giving and the excitement that people get whenever they come and pick something, or I hand them a bag full of squash or okra or potatoes,” Don said about his project. “It doesn’t matter what I give them. Everybody’s excited to come to my garden.”

 

However, something was about to halt his work. Don got both of his knees replaced, but something wasn’t right. 18 months later—long after he should have had a full recovery—he was still in pain.

“I'm very, very comfortable in my body now that I got the relief from Arkansas Surgical Hospital that I got. I'm very happy about the mobility that I have in my knees, and if Arkansas Surgical Hospital hadn’t given me that, I wouldn’t have this wonderful garden.” – Don Gage, Knee Surgery

“The hardest thing when I had so much pain was using the wheelbarrow.  And the struggle that you endure on your knees whenever you’re pulling the water hose,” Don recalled.  “I was hard to live with and dealt with some depression because of the severe pain that I was going through.  I just had to get a second opinion to get something resolved on my knees.”

Don went to see Dr. Samuel Moore, an orthopedic surgeon at Arkansas Surgical Hospital.

“The main issue we saw with the implant was that it had failed behind the kneecap,” Dr. Moore explained.  “And when that happens, there’s just no way to get comfortable with the knee bent.”

Dr. Moore recalls how much pain he could see Don dealing with, noting the struggle he had when walking from the waiting room to the exam room.

“I believe it was getting progressively worse,” Don agrees.  “I think that if I hadn’t had this surgery done that I would probably be on some kind of painkillers and probably be addicted to them by now.”

After seeing x-rays of Don’s knees, Dr. Moore told him, “I can fix you.”  Don was impressed by his confidence, saying that his personality “said it all.”

“Dr. Moore was just a perfect match for me and what I want to do in my golden years,” he said.

Dr. Moore decided to perform Don’s revision knee replacement surgeries at Arkansas Surgical Hospital.

“At Arkansas Surgical Hospital, we really make it very simple for physicians to have access to their patients,” Dr. Moore said about his decision.  “And if you have a facility that’s used to doing a lot of primary and revision joint replacements, then you’re going to have access to expertise from staff, and equipment that is readily able to use and people who know how to use it.”

The procedures were a success.  “He fixed me like he said he would,” Don said.  And now that he has new knees, he’s been able to expand his garden over three times.

“I'm very, very comfortable in my body now that I got the relief from Arkansas Surgical Hospital that I got,” Don said.  “I'm very happy about the mobility that I have in my knees, and if Arkansas Surgical Hospital hadn’t given me that, I wouldn’t have this wonderful garden.”

If you’re experiencing joint pain, don’t wait.  Call our Referral Help Line at (800) 901-0307 for help scheduling an appointment with one of Arkansas Surgical Hospital’s skilled orthopedic surgeons.

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