From Nurse to Patient: One BOSC CNA shares her personal experience with the Outpatient Joint Journey

Diane is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at BOSC in the peri-op area. She’s on her feet for seven or more hours each day taking care of patients, prepping them for surgery, turning over rooms, moving patient carts, restocking areas, and many other responsibilities. But this past February, Diane went from working at the surgery center to being one of its patients.

“Six years ago, I was told I needed a new knee,” Diane says. “As the years passed, I felt myself limping more and having pain constantly, but I just decided to live with it.”

In her role as a CNA, Diane has worked with many patients who’ve had their joint replacement surgeries performed right at BOSC as part of the outpatient joint journey. Working with these patients – who were living with the same symptoms as her – and seeing how well they were doing after their surgeries inspired Diane to go see one of the OSMS doctors about her knee. She chose Dr. Michael Tressler based on the fact that he replaced her 85-year-old mother’s knee, and she was doing remarkable.

Diane and Dr. Tressler

Diane and Dr. Tressler

“About four hours after my surgery, when the block wore off and I had to get up, I remember holding my breath and thinking, ‘no way can I walk on this thing,'” Diane says. “But I did, and I’ve been moving along ever since!”

Diane went to therapy two times a week for three weeks, and then once a week for two more weeks. During this time, she also did home therapy twice a day. At about 4-5 weeks post-surgery, she walked her first mile. In the next few weeks, she stained a deck, raked leaves, and mulched her landscape. After 11 weeks, Diane was able to return to work and within a month progress back up to full time.

Diane in PT

Diane at physical therapy

“Before surgery, Dr. Tressler told me that I could get my life back, and he was right!” Diane says.

Her pain is gone. Stairs are no longer a chore. Diane is back to living the life she loves and sometimes even forgets that she has a new knee!

“Now, I’m six months post-op, and I wonder why I didn’t do it sooner. But you definitely have to be ready physically and mentally for a joint replacement,” Diane says. “After going through this experience, I feel like I can give our patients the support they may need to get over the anxieties or just share with them positive thoughts that may help them feel more at ease.”