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Sanford Joint Center Helps Hundreds

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A new Joint Replacement Center at Sanford in Bismarck is helping people get back on their feet.

Karen Dendy of Bismarck calls herself a "bionic woman."

She has had both of her knees and her hips replaced. Her hips in Grand Forks, her right knee in Bismarck and her left knee at the new Joint Replacement Center.

"Nothing holds me back. I can pretty much do what I want to do," Dendy said. "It was amazing. You felt real, you didn't feel like I'm in the hospital I'm a lump in the bed."

Dr. David O'Regan with Sanford Orthopedics is one of four surgeons who work in the new center.

They can see up to 8 patients a day, and say the new center has made the recovery process faster.

"They're able to encourage one another and they seem to be able to progress faster than they did before and people are now going home mostly after the second day of surgery," he said.

After the surgery the patients go to a rehabilitation center called "Easy Street" to re-learn basic tasks like getting into a car and getting out of bed.

After a day or two of re-learning those skills and physical therapy, the patients are out and about on their own.

Karen says she is walking better than she has in years.

And when the time comes, she's excited to get her old joint replacements, replaced right here in Bismarck.

"They really have it down to a T. Can't wait til I get the hips done," she said.

The center opened officially in August and has already helped over 100 patients.

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