By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: August 2010
Avid golfer Connie Corbitt now enjoys her favorite hobby pain-free, thanks to a total knee replacement from Dr. LaButti of Central States Orthopedic Specialists.
Connie Corbitt’s knee started bothering her about five years ago. She first began to notice it when she was walking her dog and playing golf with her husband, Tom. She went to her primary care physician, who recommended she visit Dr. Ronald S. LaButti of Central States Orthopedic Specialists in Tulsa. “I am very particular about my doctors, so the first thing I did was look at his website,” Connie explains. “The main thing that attracted me to Dr. LaButti was that he did a one-year fellowship with the surgeon who helped develop the Stryker Surgical Navigation System. I wasn’t looking for someone who would pat me on the pack and tell me everything was going to be fine – I wanted a skilled surgeon, and that’s what Dr. LaButti is.”
For the two years following her initial visit with Dr. LaButti, Connie received knee injections to ease the pain. “Then my knee began hurting again, and Dr. LaButti told me I needed a knee replacement and to let him know when I was ready to do it. I kept putting it off; surgery is always a scary situation. But arthritis is very insidious – it just takes bites out of your life. I couldn’t walk very far, go hiking when we took our RV out, or play golf, which is a big part of my life. Tom and I play a lot of couple’s events, and all of our friends play golf – it’s our social life. It was tough not being able to play. When I realized I could no longer do all the things I love doing, I called and made the appointment.”
Dr. LaButti performed Connie’s total knee replacement in November of last year. “It has been a tremendous success – I have not had any problems with my new knee,” says Connie. “I would do it again in a heartbeat. Dr. LaButti is an excellent surgeon. You can ask him anything, and you can tell by talking to him that he cares about his patients. He also has a fabulous, caring staff.”
At Connie’s six-month post-op checkup, Dr. LaButti congratulated her success and reached out to shake her hand; but Connie told him, “No, I want to hug you for giving my life back.”
A recent example of Connie’s reclaimed zest for life was in July, when two of her 10 grandchildren stayed at her house for a few days to visit. “They are 4 and 7, and very active – I call them the ‘wild bunch,’” she laughs. “We went to the water park and played, and I could actually keep up with them. There is no way I would have been able to do that a year ago.” Connie is also thrilled to be back on the golf course with Tom, with whom she is soon to celebrate 20 years of marriage.
Connie Corbitt’s total knee replacement was a “hole in one,” and she recommends calling Dr. LaButti if you can relate to her story. To learn more, visit his website at www.hipandkneedoc.com.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.