LESA: My name is Lesa. We’re on our family dairy farm. My mom and dad started this farm in 1964. I’m probably the seventh generation dairy farmer. It’s not really a job; it’s something I love to do. I’m very passionate about it. We work 12-14 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is very physical. The knee pain started abruptly. I was kind of caught off-guard. When I was walking my knee was giving way and it just didn’t feel right. It was time for a check-up. And the doctor said my knees were in really bad shape. You know, somewhere along the way you’re going to have your knees replaced. So, I went to see an orthopaedic surgeon about replacement, and he said I would decide when the pain was bad enough. So for about a year I struggled with just daily activities. It was extremely painful. It hurt to walk. At night when you try to sleep and your leg is throbbing, and you know it’s not going to get any better ‘til you do something about it. They said “well you know you either going to have to change your lifestyle or do something else”. And I just couldn’t imagine my life not being on the farm.
SUPER: Ellie Lesa’s daughter
Ellie: It was really hard watching her work with pain all day long.
SUPER: Received first DePuy Orthopaedics Knee in 2003.
LESA: So I called them and I said, “I think I’m ready. I think I want to have my life back”. The rehab is so important. I knew that what I put into it, that’s what I’d get out of it, and the more I put into it, the better the results would be. When it came time to have my second knee replaced, I did not hesitate one moment. I picked up the phone and called and said, “it’s time to do my knee.” After my second knee surgery, I was driving a tractor all day long. I had to pinch myself almost, because I thought, “wow this is great. I’m back doing things that I love to do.” I don’t even realize I have them anymore.
SUPER: DePuy Orthopaedics Knees: A heritage of more than 30 years.
LESA: They’re just a part of me. There’s nothing I can’t do that I want to do. I feel very blessed. I feel like I’ve been giving another lease on life.
SUPER: Lesa: 8 years of Real Life Testing.
LESA: Getting my knees replaced allowed me to do my job, which I think is help feeding the world. When you get to enjoy something and do it, and love what you’re doing, it’s a great life.
SUPER: DePuy Orthopaedics Knees. Real Life Tested.
SUPER: Important safety information. Knee replacement is not for everyone. There are potential risks. Recovery takes time and success depends on factors like age, weight and activity level. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if knee replacement is right for you.
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