That wasn't gonna hold me back. With the right technology, the right operation, you know, the right people, the right PT, the right everything. Then you can achieve more than you, really what you thought you can.
After Boston, a couple years ago, my knee locked up on me and I went down in Phoenix and had an MRI done. Some x-rays done. And they come back and said, okay, you're bone on bone. You're gonna need a knee replacement. And they said, well, if we do that, you're probably not gonna be able to run anymore. You're gonna have to take up golf. Well, I wasn't a golfer and, and I wasn't dead yet. So I'm like, okay, what else am I gonna do? I started searching around and, and found one of Dr. Stone's blogs on running after knee replacement. And I searched that out, searched out, and read all that kinda stuff. I started reading everything I could and reading everything I could. And then and then I was fortunate to have a consultation with Dr. Stone and he said, send me your x-rays and your MRIs. And I said, let me see what we can do.
He said, with the proper surgery technique and the proper PT afterwards, precise this and precise that starts the road for what we think you think you can accomplish. So I was sold, oh, that's why I came and it's been it's been the best thing yet. So I had my surgery and literally I had my crutches off in a week and, and I'm walking really good. And I'm walking the beaches in San Francisco and the knee was feeling good. And, and so, you know, he gave me the okay to start running on it at three months and there I was no stopping me.
Now. I gone through the surgery and about 30 days out, got my sutures out today and my knees feeling great. And so I'm looking forward to finishing up the physical therapy and then come back in a month. They'll do some checking. I'll come back in three months and I'll do a physical test there. And then if I if I'm ready, then after three months and I can start some training and I've got some pretty, pretty, pretty lofty goals. I loved trail racing with Xterra. And then I've got a a goal in September to do a hundred miler.
My motivation was to continue on with what I wanted to do. And I think there's a lot of people out there that really no matter what, what you're doing, no matter what sports you're doing, if it inspires you to continue, then search all options before you decide you're not gonna do it anymore. And that's what I did. And I was so pleased that I found that you can accomplish a lot more than what you think you can, if your mind is correct. And, and your ambition is there and you're strong-willed. And so I would just suggest for some people to really just get excited about having it done no matter what part of your body you have to fix, but don't give up on your dream. I think sometimes life in general is, is, is we, we limit ourselves a lot of times. And then pretty soon we, we just become mediocre and, and our lives just become at a standstill of mediocrity. And I think we can rise above mediocrity. Others can do the same thing. So if there's anybody else out there that, that, that got a physical disability of some type, there's always something that could be done. You just have to search for the right tools and talk to the right people. And don't give up on your dreams. That's just you don't have to do that.
Lanny B. Profile
Aging does not have to inevitably come with a total knee replacement and a bag of golf clubs. Ultra runner Lanny Benson was disappointed that this was the only option presented to him and sought out a surgery that could keep him safely running.
Advancements in robotic joint replacement surgery and specialized physical therapy allow Dr. Stone and the StoneFit Rehab Team to help patients like Lanny preserve or resurrect their running careers. For Lanny, a partial knee replacement was all that was needed to repair the damage on the medial side of his right knee—not a total—thus preserving his healthy tissue and making for a more natural feeling knee.
The same determination that drove Lanny to search for a second opinion also pushed him to challenge himself to compete in the “Stage Coach 100,” a 100 mile-run from Flagstaff, AZ to the Grand Canyon. And at age 65, just 11 months after his surgery, Lanny ran for 56 miles without stopping before muddy conditions caused by heavy hail and rainfall finally brought his race to an end. What a truly remarkable accomplishment.
We feel so fortunate to work with tremendous personalities and athletes like Lanny, helping them to hold onto their passions and to age on their own terms.
If you would like to read the blog article referenced by Lanny, you may find Dr. Stone's Running After Knee Replacement post here.