Nancy Lopez Patient Story – Knee Replacement

Nancy Lopez, a 48-time LPGA winning golfer, experienced increasing joint pain for 20 years before deciding to have knee replacement surgery.
September 22, 2019 | 4 min read
Christa S. Plew, MBA
Editor-in-Chief

Zimmer Biomet knee implant recipient and paid endorser.

48-time LPGA winning golfer Nancy Lopez hadn’t given up golf, but arthritic pain in her knees dampened her ability to play like she wanted. For 20 years, her pain worsened until she could only stand for about 10 minutes before needing to sit.

Like many people with chronic pain, Nancy began to experience discomfort in other areas of her body as well. This is called referred pain. By overcompensating for the pain in her knees, other areas of her body started to hurt. “It was horrible. Everything hurt,” Nancy said. 

“When I woke up, I had to mentally prepare myself for the pain. I felt like I was 100 years old.”

Under her doctor’s guidance, and over the course of several years, Nancy tried a variety of treatment options like medication, injections, and even stem cell treatments. While they provided short-term relief, Nancy eventually decided she needed to seek other options. She interviewed two orthopedic surgeons and chose one that best met her needs. After discussing her history of pain, Nancy and her orthopedic surgeon decided that a total knee replacement might provide the relief she was seeking.


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Today, Nancy is back swinging her golf clubs, now with her grandchildren in tow. 

“Life is amazing. To not hurt anymore is just fantastic! I look forward to the rest of my life.”

Appropriate post-operative activities and pain will differ from patient to patient. Results are not necessarily typical, indicative, or representative of all recipient patients. Results will vary due to health, weight, activity and other variables. Talk to your surgeon about whether joint replacement is right for you and the risks of the procedure, including the risks of infection, implant wear, loosening, breakage or failure, any of which can necessitate additional surgery or treatment.

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