Patient Stories

Bruce S. Zimmer, MD - Retired

When he's not teaching computer courses to George Mason University students, Lou is busy managing hisinformation technologybusiness and flying his favorite airplane, theCessna 172 Skyhawk. By his own admission, he's a guy who does not "idle well." And at the age of 79 he shows no signs of slowing down. But when worsening knee pain threatened to put him on the sidelines, Lou sought a solution that would get him back to his active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

He consulted OrthoVirginia surgeon Bruce Zimmer, MD, who had performed arthroscopic surgery on his knees several years earlier. X-rays revealed bad news and good news. Lou had severe osteoarthritis in both of his knees but the disease was only affecting the inside of his knee joint.The otherparts of his knees were healthy. Lou was the perfect candidate for partial knee replacement.

Dr. Zimmer recommended the Oxford® Partial Knee – the first partial implant designed to glide freely throughout the knee's range of motion, more closely replicating normal movement. Because itis constructed to repair only one side of the knee, it's much smaller than a total knee implant. Patients experience less surgical pain, a faster recovery and more natural motion. One of the biggest advantages is the implant's unique mobile bearing – plastic between two metal pieces – which results in mechanics that are more like a normal knee.

Dr. Zimmer performed partial knee replacements on both of Lou's knees, several months apart. Lou is now virtually pain free and back to all the activities he loves, including walking his dogs, keeping up with his multiple grandchildren and flying. He feels fortunate to live in an area where advanced orthopaedic care is readily available. "It's reassuring to have this level of medical care close to home," he says. "I used to have a house in the Northern Neck and I thought I would retire there. But now I've decided to stay right here in Fairfax, where all the best doctors are."