Patient Stories

At Henry Ford Health System, we don’t just treat illness or disease. We treat people. Our patients’ lives are touched by the compassion, dedication and expertise of our staff in thousands of different ways every day, whether it's a lifesaving treatment or simply a reassuring smile and kind word. Every patient’s story is unique. We are grateful for those who allow us to share their stories here:

Warren's story

Warren Pettaway of Detroit knew he had to have his left knee checked out when he could no longer keep up while officiating basketball.

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Tim's story

Six months after the surgery, Tim began sailing full time again.

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Kathi's story

Birding is Kathi Hince's passion, but chronic pain made it extremely difficult for her until her knee surgery.

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Mike's story

The nagging pain in Mike Crowe’s left hip was growing worse with each passing day, and he realized he had to do something very soon.

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Barb's story


Barb really wanted to keep up with her very active grandchildren. “But my knee pain kept me from being able to bike and swim with them like I used to.”

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Mark's Story

Mark Ellis of Richmond suffered excruciating pain from a former ACL injury and arthritis in the knee, but fear and anxiety kept him from seeking medical treatment.

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Beth's Story

Beth Waters enjoying the outdoors

Doing ordinary things like getting in and out of a car or even dressing for work was a real pain for Beth Waters. “I was a 9 on the pain scale, but today I’m thrilled to say I’m pain free.”

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Tom's Story

Tom Crampton

“I was pleasantly surprised to be up and walking only three hours after my outpatient surgery. Within a total of ten hours, I was home again. Amazing!”

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Matt's Story

Matt Lehman

"I am much more active, and I’ve lost 10 pounds. I sleep better, and my mood has improved."

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Travis's Story

Travis Fojtasek riding his bike

"I'm not limping anymore because my pain level has gone from a ten to a zero."

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Thomas's Story

thomas rodgers headshot

After 5 knee surgeries and years of pain, Tom never imagined life without a knee brace but now he has a new lease on life.

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Phyllis's Story

Joint Replacement patient Phyllis

When Phyllis’s worsening knee pain began to mean cutting back on work and her active life, she wasn’t going to have it.

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Sandra's Story

Ever since her early teens, Sandra’s knee would pop out of place and back with excruciating pain whenever she turned a certain way.

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Lawaun's Story

knee replacement patient lawaun headshot

A 60-year-old patient is back on skates after robotic assisted full knee replacement.

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Laura's Story

After 12 surgeries and a decade of knee pain, yoga teacher Laura Terpsma found relief after knee replacement surgery at Henry Ford Health System.

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Kimberly's Story

joint replacement patient kimberly

When hip arthritis started affecting Kimberly’s walking and sleeping, she knew it was time for hip replacement surgery. After hip replacement surgery she back to living pain-free.

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