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Published on February 04, 2013

Marilyn Candler & Total Knee Replacement

Marilyn Candler
Patient: Marilyn Candler, North Potomac, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

Service: Total Knee Replacement

Doctor: Andrew Bender, MD

Climbing stairs, even walking, was becoming too painful for Marilyn Candler, 77, of North Potomac. Arthritis in her knees was also keeping her from one of her most cherished hobbies: playing music.

"When knee pain keeps you from participating in life, it's time to consider knee replacement," says Andrew Bender, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Dr. Bender says it's also time to consult with an orthopedist if your knee pain keeps you awake at night or if it persists despite nonsurgical treatments.

Cortisone shots no longer eased Candler’s arthritis pain, and her mobility was limited: "My right knee was so bad and my left was starting to worsen," she says. "I didn’t want to spend the next two years recovering from two knee surgeries."

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