Local patient returns to the rink after knee replacement surgery

Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. John C. Kagan is offering a free seminar to provide information about advances in knee replacement including minimally invasive options for hip and knee replacement, custom knee replacement and arthroscopic surgery. The public is invited to attend the free seminar and ask questions on Wednesday, Jan. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gulf Coast Medical Center, 13681 Doctors Way in Fort Myers. 

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.1 million knee replacements were performed from 2002 to 2006, compared to 800,000 for 1990-1994.

“This growth is fueled by several trends including increasing obesity rates and a growing baby boomer generation that wants to stay active later in life,” said Kagan. “Your knees work hard, even during your daily activities. For patients with severe injuries or arthritis, a total knee replacement may be the only option for reducing the pain and restoring normal activity level.”

Total knee replacement replaces damaged bone in the knee joint with a prosthesis to prevent the bones from rubbing together. Long-term rehabilitation goals for patients include increased range of motion, pain reduction and return to normal activities.

For 63-year-old Richard O’Donnell of Cape Coral, return to “normal” activities meant getting back out on the ice.

“Hockey has been my passion for nearly 40 years until my knee pain became unbearable,” said O’Donnell. “I was referred to Dr. Kagan by several people and after a thorough evaluation, he recommended knee replacement surgery. Just a few months after surgery, I was back to the ice. My pain is gone and I’m back in the rink.”

For reservations, call 239-936-6778 ext. 2227.  To register online and for more information, visit www.kaganortho.com. Space is limited.

Dr. John C. Kagan is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement surgery including minimally invasive hip and knee surgery, sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, hand surgery and general orthopaedics.

Kagan attended the University of Alabama on a full scholarship and was the Jimmy Moore Memorial Scholar Athlete Recipient prior to attending medical school at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He completed a surgical internship at the University of Florida and his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Kagan returned to Fort Myers in December of 1980 to begin private practice. He is founder and director of the Athletic Orthopedic and Reconstructive Center, a comprehensive orthopaedic practice with four orthopaedic surgeons and three locations in Lee County.

Devoted to serving the community and its residents, Kagan and his partners are team physicians for the Minnesota Twins baseball team during spring training, the Miracle baseball team and the Florida Everblades hockey team. In addition, he is team physician for the Fort Myers High School and Clewiston High School football teams.

Kagan is a member of the Lee County Medical Society, Florida Orthopedic Society, Florida Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Medical Association.