Fred Kissling from Tigerville, South Carolina developed shoulder arthritis after years of hard work. Hand-splitting firewood, wielding a chainsaw, and shoveling acres of soil took their toll on his shoulders. It got to a point that Fred was no longer able to brush his own hair or retrieve his wallet from his back pocket.
At first, Fred saw a local surgeon in South Carolina for his shoulder pain but when the time came for a shoulder replacement, Fred wanted to see a surgeon who specialized in advanced shoulder replacement techniques that would allow him to maintain his active lifestyle. Fred choose to travel to Virginia Beach to have Dr. Carofino perform a Ream and Run Shoulder Replacement. Fred had researched the topic and learned that Dr. Carofino is a national leader in this type of shoulder replacement and attracts patients form throughout the country.
Fred arrived in Virginia Beach apprehensive about his surgery, but was immediately put at ease by Dr. Carofino’s demeanor. “He [Dr. Carofino] projects a quiet confidence that he is capable. And he is,” Fred explains.
After surgery, Fred returned to South Carolina to begin his rehab journey which he admits required patience and commitment. He was amazed however, that upon returning home, he was able to sleep through the night for the first time in 6 years. Although two states away from Dr. Carofino and his team, he never felt like he was “done and dropped” but was overwhelmed by how frequently his team checked in to monitor Fred’s progress. Pleased with his outcome, Fred decided to return to Virginia Beach just one year later to undergo the Ream & Run procedure on his opposite shoulder.
Fred continues to perform his rehabilitation exercises and has returned to the active lifestyle he once enjoyed unencumbered.
If you’re affected by shoulder arthritis and you would like to learn about your treatment options, contact Dr. Carofino’s office and discover why patients travel from out of state to see him.
If you are an active adult who needs shoulder replacement and would like to continue your active lifestyle you may want to learn more about the Ream and Run shoulder replacement.