Tom Pare is an admirer of beautiful things. And he’s willing to go the extra mile to find them. That could mean hiking across Michigan’s forests and shorelines to catch a glimpse of rare native birds and other natural wonders or hitting the road to visit an art show.
He and his wife make the trip every year from their home in Eastpointe, Mich. all the way to Romeo for the community’s annual Peach Festival, where they enjoy walking the grounds of the event’s art fair.
But, this year, the pain in Tom’s knee was too much for him to bear. He had experienced discomfort due to arthritis for nearly six years, but had simply “dealt with it,” taking medication to help him sleep and using a walking stick to get around.
Having to miss out on one of his favorite experiences was the last straw.
Tom spoke with his primary care physician about his knee pain and was referred to Beaumont. After discussing his concerns with orthopedic surgeon James Bookout, M.D., Tom scheduled a total knee replacement surgery at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe. It would be his second joint replacement surgery, the first having been performed years earlier at another hospital.
Tom appreciated Dr. Bookout’s genuine interest in working with him to find the best treatment option to meet his needs. He noted Dr. Bookout was “concerned, caring and always present in the discussion.”
“I had a great experience having my knee replaced,” says Tom. “Everyone was incredible, from my family doctor to Dr. Bookout, from pre-surgical hospital contacts to the wonderful nursing staff who took care of me, from my hospital physical therapy staff who wouldn’t take no for an answer to the Beaumont rehabilitation physical therapy staff who got me back to complete health.”
He says the physical therapy team’s constant push for him to work as hard as possible played a critical factor in his recovery. Just five weeks after his surgery, Tom was back in the woods, bird-watching and hiking with his wife. And they made the most of the recent winter chill by spending some time getting up close and personal with some impressive ice caves along the shore of Lake Michigan. The couple is already making plans to make their return to the Romeo Peach Festival next year.
Tom’s walking stick will stay in the car.