David Goddard, 63, of Doylestown, has had a passion for all types of vehicles since he was a child. After retiring from a career in the automotive industry, he especially relished the time he had to work on building and rebuilding street rods and hot rods. However, his left knee began protesting with so much pain that he sought the help of Jeffrey J. Vakil, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Abington Health’s Orthopaedic & Spine Institute who specializes in joint replacements.
Dr. Vakil explains, “David had significant osteoarthritis of the left knee. This means that the knee cartilage was completely worn down.” Dr. Vakil performed a total knee replacement, by reshaping the bone, removing the worn cartilage, and replacing the bone with metal components. The surgeons at the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute specialize in performing advanced techniques in total hip and knee replacement surgery.
“We replaced David’s knee with all new metal parts. We do this by placing one piece to the end of the femur (the thigh bone), one piece at the end of the tibia (shin bone), with a plastic insert between the two to help recreate the normal biomechanics of the knee,” Dr. Vakil adds.
David is back doing what he loves to do without pain and is thankful to be able to reach under his beloved hot rods as he overhauls their engines. “I’m enjoying my life again,” he says.