Travis Fojtasek: Partial Knee Replacement

“I’m not limping anymore because my pain level has gone from a ten to a zero.”


Travis Fojtasek and his left knee had a love/hate relationship. Travis loved to run, but since he injured his knee fifteen years ago, he hated the pain. “I’d wear a brace and my knee would feel better for a while, but the discomfort never really went away.”

In early 2014, still determined to stay active, Travis was hiking through snow on an uneven trail when his discomfort suddenly spiked to what he described as a “ten plus” on the pain scale. Travis saw his family physician, who recommended ice and a prescription pain reliever for his knee. Travis gave it a try, but he was still painful and unable to tolerate the medication, so he returned to his physician who recommended he see a surgeon.

Travis requested an appointment with Henry Ford Allegiance orthopedic surgeon Timothy Ekpo, DO. “Dr. Ekpo’s professional demeanor and his honesty made me feel confident in his ability to help me.” Travis also appreciated the way Dr. Ekpo and his team took the time to educate him on his condition. “Dr. Ekpo reviewed my x-rays and my MRI with me. Then, he discussed my treatment options—both surgical and non-surgical—and let me ask questions. I knew I had the information I needed to make the right decision.”

“I can’t say enough good things about the very caring Henry Ford Allegiance surgery staff. They were concerned about my privacy and comfort, and they explained what was going on so that I felt included.” Travis Fojtasek, partial knee replacement patient

After choosing a partial knee replacement, Travis was pleased to have his surgery and return home the same day. “I can’t say enough good things about the very caring Henry Ford Allegiance surgery staff. They were concerned about my privacy and comfort, and they explained what was going on so that I felt included.”

Just weeks after surgery, Travis’ friends already noticed a difference. “Both of my feet and knees are straight,” Travis said. “I’m not limping anymore because my pain level has gone from a ten to a zero.”

Thanks to his new knee, Travis is back to enjoying his walks through Cascades and Ella Sharp parks, and biking the Falling Waters Trail to Concord. “I love to exercise in the fresh air,” he said, “but when I’m indoors, I strengthen my knee by riding an exercise bike and lifting weights.”

Best of all, Travis and his wife can look forward to taking a hiking trip with their oldest son and his wife this fall. “We’ll be traveling up to seven miles a day by foot and thanks to my new knee, I’m ready for it.”

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