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Knee Replacement at Mercy Gets Monk Back on a Bicycle

Knee Replacement at Mercy Gets Monk Back on a Bicycle

Anthony Pierce, a Benedictine monk in Subiaco, Arkansas, didn’t start biking until later in life, but that didn’t mean he was willing to give up…

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Anthony Pierce, a Benedictine monk in Subiaco, Arkansas, didn’t start biking until later in life, but that didn’t mean he was willing to give up a favorite hobby when knee pain became a problem.

After walking with a cane for a year and a half, the 62-year-old monk, who joined Subiaco Abbey in 1996, met with Dr. Justin Clayton at Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – River Valley for an evaluation.

“I was having a lot of pain before knee replacement surgery, and it was only getting worse,” said Pierce, who is known as Brother Anthony. “I knew it was just a matter of time. I walked with a cane because the pain was so great.”

Although his initial consultation was for pain in one knee, Brother Anthony’s other knee was already worsening so he made the decision to have both knees replaced.

His first replacement was last fall, followed by a second knee replacement earlier this year. Spacing the surgeries out allowed him time to fully recover from the first procedure before undergoing the second.

“I put it off for about a year and a half, and I regret that I did that now because in that time period I could have had the surgery and been fully recovered sooner,” he said.

Prior to having surgery, Brother Anthony underwent rehabilitation in order to strengthen the muscles that help coordinate the knees. After surgery, he had physical therapy for eight weeks. Recovery time for each patient is different, and the recovery process for each knee can vary.“It’s […]

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