Kathi's Story

Don’t let joint pain stop you from doing what you love.

joint replacement patient KathiBirding (bird watching and photography) is Kathi Hince’s passion, but chronic knee pain made it extremely difficult for the Chesterfield Township resident to bend and left her unable to kneel.

The problem began in her early 20s. At age 50, after consulting with her physician and attending an informational seminar offered at Henry Ford Macomb, she decided to pursue joint replacement.

“The seminar was well run and explained the process patients go through and the support they receive,” said Kathi.

Kathi had her knee surgery a year ago at Henry Ford Macomb and hasn’t slowed down since. She gives high marks to Henry Ford Macomb’s facility and says that the staff were very accommodating and personable.

One of the best things about her regained flexibility? Kathi, an elementary school teacher, explained that for the first time in eight years, she can kneel down next to her students when she is talking to them.

Kathi, whose husband Tom leads guided eco-tours to exotic locations around the world, missed out on a trip last year because of her knee, but was excited to join a tour of Africa this past summer.

Her advice to those considering joint replacement? “Do it! It increases your quality of life.”

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