After 49 years of working his sprinkler enterprise and a lifetime of indulging his ardour for fly fishing, Jon Gartz’s joints have been carrying out. “My left shoulder began inflicting me quite a lot of bother. Each morning I might get up with whole ache. I couldn’t actually operate. I couldn’t do the bodily work my enterprise requires, and I couldn’t increase my arm like I have to whereas fishing. I attempted the photographs, I attempted remedy, I attempted to only get by it, however there comes some extent if you say, ‘I’ve bought to have one thing completed.’”
Jon was examined by an orthopedic surgeon who really useful reverse shoulder alternative surgical procedure, however he wished one other opinion. “The reverse process appeared like a closing answer that may nonetheless lead to some main limitations and I didn’t need that.” So, after speaking to a number of individuals who had had an identical damage, Jon was referred to Dr. Mark Luker at SCL Well being Medical Group/Rocky Mountain Orthopedics.
After an intensive examination and overview of Jon’s x-rays and MRI scans, Dr. Luker steered that he think about conventional anatomic shoulder alternative as a substitute. “Surgical procedure was clearly the very best course of therapy for Jon as a result of his illness was so superior and he already had nonoperative remedies that weren’t assembly his expectations,” Dr. Luker explains. “He had sufficient rotator cuff to work with, wished a better degree of operate and was keen to take somewhat further danger to get a extremely good final result.
So collectively, we determined the usual shoulder alternative process would give him the very best likelihood at getting his life again.
“Dr. Luker took the time to debate my choices, and it simply made sense to do the usual shoulder alternative with some restore to the rotator cuff,” Jon says. “He and his crew have been improbable. They defined precisely what was going to happen and all of the doable outcomes that I might count on. We made the proper choice and I’m very happy with the outcomes.”
Dr. Luker provides that it really is a crew effort. “No person can do that by themselves. We’ve been doing this at Rocky Mountain Orthopedics for 22 years now and my crew works very onerous to determine the very best course of therapy for our sufferers and ship the correct of care effectively, successfully, and safely.
Jon has excessive expectations of what he desires to have the ability to do and our aim was to return him to that place the place he may be assured in doing these issues.”
Jon says that what he had earlier than surgical procedure was primarily ache. “I couldn’t do the issues I actually wished to do like working or rowing a ship or fishing or simply with the ability to elevate issues. Now I can do all these issues. I’m very proud of what Dr. Luker and his crew did for me.”
“It’s actually gratifying for me to see Jon return to the issues he likes to do, particularly fishing, as a result of we share that keenness,” says Dr. Luker. “It’s one of many nice joys of being an orthopedic surgeon: seeing sufferers get again to the actions they actually love.”
“I simply thank Dr. Luker from the underside of my coronary heart for what he gave me, Jon says. “As a result of fly fishing means every thing to me. If I don’t have that, it’s not an excellent world for me.”