A lifetime career of teaching and coaching may sound tough mentally, but it can take its toll physically as well. Next year will mark a milestone in the life of 62 year old Fond du Lac resident Joe Guyette, having dedicated 40 years of his career to mentoring kids, both in the classroom and on the sports field. He is well-known in the Fond du Lac community with his many years of contributions at St. Mary Springs High School, and the past 20 years at Fond du Lac High School.
After his nearly 40 years and many experiences of a lifetime, he has now accomplished another first - his first major surgery. Guyette's right knee was worn down to bone on bone, and after receiving three cortisone shots throughout this past year to alleviate the pain, he succumb to the fact that a total knee replacement was his only remaining option.
Taking the advice of a close friend who happens to be the baseball coach at the high school, he made an appointment with Orthopedic Surgeon David Jones, MD, of Berlin. Jones has been offering his orthopedic services at Community Health Network for the past 27 years, and his well-known reputation has patients traveling from out of state to receive his professional care. For Guyette, he followed a recommendation, yet at his initial appointment and meeting with Dr. Jones they were both surprised to see each other, having known each other for years through the Fond du Lac hockey program. "I knew Dave Jones because he and his kids are all very involved in the hockey program, but I had no idea he was 'Dr. Jones the orthopedic surgeon!'" laughed Guyette.
When this past football season was coming to an end, Guyette scheduled the surgery for a total knee replacement. "It was hurting so bad that I'd have to sit down during football practice. That was a sure sign that I had to do something if I wanted to continue with my active lifestyle," said Guyette. The surgery took place on November 30th, and in Guyette’s words, “I felt incredible!” When asked his pain level on a scale of 1 to 10, he said without a doubt, it was a “0”. “I was shocked, but I know this outcome was due to the method of anesthesia provided, along with the superior staff.” Guyette received a pain block that is inserted into the nerve and travels directly to the knee, which allows for a comfortable recovery. By the day following surgery, the physical therapy staff had him up and walking the halls of the hospital on more than one occasion.
“The pre-op seminar I attended was fantastic, as it provided me all the information I needed prior to my surgery. I speak in high regard of Tom Kloosterboer, MD, Anesthesiologist, who explained so much about the procedure that the more he talked the more comfortable I felt. It continued from there in receiving top notch care from Dr. Jones, the nurses, and the physical therapists. I even have to say, the food was fantastic! Felt just like home to me,” said Guyette.
“The community of Berlin is so very fortunate to have an orthopedic surgeon of this quality. He is truly one of the best,” stated Guyette. “I highly recommend to anybody and everybody facing a surgery, CHN is the place to be.”