One outdoorsman said he can enjoy his hobbies again, thanks to the care of Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

Geoffrey Theurer, Carrington, chose JRMC Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael T. Dean in 2015, at the recommendation of Carrington Medical Center’s Dr. Michael Page, Theurer’s primary care provider. Today, Theurer feels like he can enjoy life again.

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Five years ago, Theurer struggled to sit for long periods without pain. That bothered him because he enjoys wood carving amongst other activities.

When he needed relief, Dr. Dean suggested hip surgery.

“I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Dean,” Theurer said. “It’s been smooth sailing.”

Dr. Dean trained at Mayo Clinic. In his more than 20 years of practice, he has replaced more than 5,000 joints.

Theurer liked him because Dr. Dean “knows his stuff” and answered each question. The two also bonded over bird hunting. Dr. Dean lives with his bird-hunting dogs near Gackle, N.D.

So, Theurer returned to Dr. Dean’s care in 2017, 2018 and 2019. This time, Dr. Dean helped him with left knee replacement, right knee replacement and trigger finger care respectfully.

At 73 years old, Theurer wanted to enjoy retirement and all the fishing, wood carving and yard work that came with it. He also wanted to enjoy his daughters and grandchildren in Oregon.

“Now I get around good enough,” Theurer said.

Though he feels better, Theurer says a surgically-replaced joint always feels a little different than the original. He’s not as spry as he used to be, for example, and his balance isn’t as strong.

“A replacement knee is not as good as the original, however, it hurts a whole lot less,” Theurer said with a smile.

Joint replacements often result in reduction in pain with improvement in walking and quality of life, Dr. Dean said.

“I’m honored that Mr. Theurer chose JRMC and our team of nurses and therapists for his care,” Dr. Dean said. “It’s no small thing to put your trust in a caregiver’s hands. I greatly appreciate his kind words.”

To learn more about care at JRMC or to schedule an appointment, visit www.jrmcnd.com/orthopedics.

 

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