At 62, Barbara Cotoia is an active grandmother of six who loves to go shopping with friends and work in her garden. But due to the severe pain she suffered in both her knees, she began missing out on these things. "My grandkids are active and I would have to sit on the side and watch them play, instead of sitting down on the floor and playing with them." Because of her knee pain, Barbara made excuses not to do things with family and friends and says she "felt like an old lady".
Driven by the daily pain and her need to be independent, Barbara finally decided to have both knees replaced. In April 2006, she received bilateral knee replacements.
Barbara had her first knee replaced on April 20th and started rehabilitation the very next day. The second surgery was done a week later on April 27th. A few days later she went to a rehabilitation facility where she did physical therapy three times a day. After ten days at the facility she returned home where she continued her therapy. "Physical therapy was hard but I knew it was an important part of my recovery, so I pushed myself, and I am glad I did." At her six week check-up her doctor removed all restrictions and she was free to go up and down the stairs, didn't need the use of a cane and could drive!
Barbara can now go shopping and walk around the mall with her friends, where before she couldn't. She has returned to her gardening and is able to play trains on the floor with her grandkids!
The surgery has given Barbara back her independence and she can't wait to start travelling. "I can only imagine how far my Stryker knees may take me".