A Whole New Lease On Life: Radical Relief Provided by Colorado Orthopedic Surgeons

A Whole New Lease On Life: Radical Relief Provided by Colorado Orthopedic Surgeons

Read How Knee Replacement Enabled One Patient to Reclaim Her Active Life

“Skiing was so painful that I would be in tears at the end of a run. Hiking was hard, walking was very painful.” This is what OrthoAspen patient Shelley Popish had to say of her experience living with chronic knee joint pain.

What is life in Aspen, Colorado, without the physical freedom to ski, run, explore and enjoy the breathtaking surroundings to the fullest? For Shelley, the painful knee symptoms that had become an inescapable part of her life since high school robbed her of everything that she loved about her Colorado home. “In Aspen, we like to enjoy the outdoors, and I could do anything,” the 52-year-old said, “I was way too young to be that old physically.”

For Shelley, partial knee replacement surgery performed by the Colorado orthopedic surgeons at OrthoAspen didn’t just relieve her pain; it gave her back her active, Rocky Mountain lifestyle.

Partial Knee Replacement: The Right Choice for Shelley

Colorado-Orthopedic-SurgeonPartial knee replacement is an intensive procedure that involves the removal of degraded sections of the knee joint; these degenerated portions are then replaced with prosthetic components that restore normal knee function. Though knee replacement is a major procedure and is typically treated as a last resort, it features one of the highest rates of patient satisfaction due to the radical reduction in joint pain and restoration of movement that it is capable of producing.

For Shelley, partial knee replacement orthopedic surgery may have been a last resort—but, ultimately, it would prove to be one of the best decisions she could make.

Approximately two years ago, when her pain had reached the point of becoming crippling, she first began to undergo treatments under the direction of Dr. Tomas Pevny, a Colorado orthopedic specialist at OrthoAspen. Shelley had previously undergone one knee surgery which had failed to provide the long-term relief she needed. Under Dr. Pevny’s care, she underwent a series of non-operative treatments as part of OrthoAspen’s commitment to conservative and minimally-invasive care.

When these conservative treatments proved insufficient, Dr. Pevny recommended partial knee replacement surgery. While OrthoAspen emphasizes conservative care, its investment in the highest grade of leading-edge technology meant that Shelley’s knee replacement could be performed using Mako technology. Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery has a higher rate of surgical precision and enables faster recoveries than standard knee replacement operations.

This was certainly the case for Shelley. Within two weeks following her partial knee replacement, she already had less pain than before the surgery. And, day by day, she was able to reclaim her active, adventurous life.

“I Feel Like I Have A Whole New Lease On Life”

From the day of her surgery with Colorado orthopedic surgeon Dr. Pevny onward, Shelley Popish’s life has been back on the upswing—to say the least. Two years have passed since Shelley’s partial knee replacement, and her knee pain is now completely eliminated.

While her knee joint pain is now a zero, her opinion of the OrthoAspen Colorado orthopedic group is anything but. “On a scale of one to ten, I would give Dr. Pevny and the OrthoAspen team a 100,” Shelley says. “I’m thrilled with the results. I feel like I have a whole new lease on life.”

OrthoAspen provides expert care to help patients regain their active lifestyles and return to doing the things that they love. Contact OrthoAspen today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.


Visit OrthoAspen in two convenient locations
Aspen Clinic
Aspen Valley Hospital
0401 Castle Creek Rd., Suite 2100,

Aspen, CO 81611
+(970) 544-1289
+(970) 544-1400
Basalt Clinic
Midvalley Medical Center
1450 E. Valley Rd., Suite 201,

Basalt, CO 81621
+(970) 544-1289
+(970) 544-1400