For Shannon Showe, joint pain in his knees had dominated his life for more than 15 years. With increasing difficulty doing everyday tasks and concerns about his leg giving out on him, Shannon sought out Dr. Todd Tupis, a fellowship trained orthopedic specialist practicing with Conway Medical Center's Joint Replacement Center, to learn more about the possibility of a total knee replacement. "I had seen a number of doctors through the years, but it was not until I saw Dr. Tupis that I made up my mind to get my knee replaced," he said, "I asked him if replacement would stop the arthritic pain in my knee, and he said yes because the joint is replaced. I was to the point where I was 10+ on the pain scale," Shannon explained. "So I decided my Christmas present to myself was going to be a new knee, and that's what I did."
On December 3, 2012, Shannon was admitted to Conway Medical Center (CMC) for joint replacement surgery. "Everyone took great care of me. I had really good nurses, and a good doctor, and I knew I was in a good place. I even liked being on the same floor with other joint replacement patients. Everything went well and by 10 a.m. Wednesday - just two days later - I was on my way home," Shannon noted.
Since his surgery, Shannon has stayed committed to his physical therapy which he does at CMC's Wellness & Fitness Center. "The therapists keep me motivated, and I am doing well. I no longer have pain in my knee - the arthritic pain in gone which makes it so much easier to move around now," he said.
As soon as possible, Shannon would like to get his right knee replaced as well. "My left knee was the worse and would give out at unexpected times. Even in church, I would have to hold onto something to keep from losing my balance. Now my right knee is giving me the same problems, so I am going to have it replaced, too. I want to have good joints and be steady on my feet," he said.
Shannon is looking forward to his next checkup with Dr. Tupis. "He has been there for me the whole time - from surgery to every office appointment, and the hospital has been great too. If I had it to do all over again, I would not have waited so long. That's why I am going to go ahead and get my right knee replaced. There is no sense living with pain or being afraid that my right leg will give out."