Janice Sielaff

Back to Her Active Routine After Knee Surgery

Thanks to the pre-surgery class and consultation with the ALMH JointWorks coordinator, Janice knew what to expect. After surgery, her team had her up and walking within a day. She could tell a difference immediately.

I live here in Lincoln and wanted to have the surgery and physical therapy done here. Dr. Borowiecki and the ALMH physical therapy staff are awesome!

Janice Sielaff had a few important goals in mind when scheduling her knee surgery in 2016. The 57-year-old works part time as a clinical lab instructor for Lincoln Community High School’s LTEC Health Occupations program, which she initially started back in the early 1990s. 

She also volunteers as the throws (discus, shot put) coach for the high school girls’ track and field team. Plus, she’s preparing for an empty nest.

“My daughter, Anna, is a high school senior, and I wanted to be able to help with coaching duties,” she said. “Standing for long periods of time, bending down, doing anything that put stress on my knee became challenging.”

When simple movements became excruciating and she couldn’t help at track meets last spring, Janice knew it was time to do something more comprehensive than the knee injections that provided only temporary relief.

She talked with orthopedic surgeon Tomasz Borowiecki, MD, about the JointWorks program at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Dr. Borowiecki had made minor cartilage repairs to her knee and replaced both knees for her husband, Don.

“There’s no other doctor I’d have do it,” she said. “And I didn’t want to travel to Springfield. I live here in Lincoln and wanted to have the surgery and physical therapy done here. Dr. Borowiecki and the ALMH physical therapy staff are awesome!”

Thanks to Don’s successful joint replacement surgeries and the pre-surgery class and consultation with the ALMH JointWorks coordinator, Janice knew what to expect. After surgery, her team had her up and walking within a day.

She could tell a difference immediately. She went home using a walker and advanced to a cane after starting physical therapy. Today, she walks comfortably, which has made a huge difference in her busy schedule.

“Walking had become so awkward,” she said. “Walking from the bus at marching band competitions to bleachers was a chore.”

Her advice to those considering joint-replacement?

“Just do it,” she said. “The surgery has made a huge difference, and if I would have waited, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy Anna’s senior track season and graduation.”

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