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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

New knees and a new lease on life

Sandra and her husband

Two knee replacement surgeries at Abbott Northwestern’s Joint Replacement Center in 2009 and 2010 gave Sandra the ability to lead the active, healthy lifestyle she desired.

Following a career as a beautician, with countless hours of standing each workday and a knee injury she sustained more than 15 years ago, Sandra yearned for an active, pain-free lifestyle. A planner, she scheduled each knee replacement surgery one year apart to allow time for healing and to ensure that she was satisfied with the results from the first surgery.

Today, Sandra lives in Bemidji and is able to enjoy the outdoors by cross-country skiing in the winter months. She routinely walks for 2-1/2 miles at a time,swims and dances. She continues to work two days a month and enjoys time with family and friends in the beautiful northern woods.

She and her husband have been so pleased with the results that her husband has scheduled his own knee replacement surgery at the Joint Replacement Center. "I'm tickled to death and never been so happy to be able to stay this active," said Sandra.