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Duncan and Dr. Pearce

A Tale of Two Knee Replacements

Obion County resident Jerry Duncan “felt different” as soon as he woke up from his second knee replacement surgery. The pain was less, he said. “I liked it. I felt like a real person.”

Because of normal wear and tear on his knees, the 66-year-old Duncan needed two knee replacement surgeries. The first, done on his left knee in early 2018, was the more traditional operation. He needed a larger pain block. After surgery, it took longer to recover. He needed a catheter and spent two days in the hospital.

By the time Duncan was ready for his right knee replacement this past December, his orthopedic surgeon, Dr. David Pearce, was using the new NAVIO robotics-assisted system that allows the surgeon to be more precise during the operation and results in less pain and a shorter recovery for the patient.

“That evening, we walked around,” Duncan said.  “My recovery didn’t hurt as much as it did after my first surgery.”

He had no pain and the morning after; he was ready to go home. He even felt he could have gone home the day of surgery.

Dr. Pearce, who sees patients in Jackson and Union City, is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon at West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic. Dr. Pearce and other Bone & Joint physicians in Jackson, started performing the robotics-assisted knee replacement surgery last summer.

Dr. Pearce will explain the benefits of the new surgery at a free seminar on Thursday, January 24. Duncan plans to be there to share his experience. The seminar starts at noon at the Obion County Public Library, 1221 E. Reelfoot Ave. in Union City.

“The NAVIO instrumentation allows the surgeon to fine tune the placement of the knee implants to optimize the stability of the joint throughout a full range of motion,” Dr. Pearce said. “Patients like it because they have a better recovery and less pain.”

Several weeks after his surgery, Duncan is a different person.

“I’m getting around good. I appreciate Dr. Pearce. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

The NAVIO Robotic Surgery Seminar is free, but seating is limited. Please register here