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Mark Pieper and the Pieper Seven:
Mark Pieper, active father, husband, friend and long-time Monsanto employee. He has always had ample energy and drive and likes to be active. He is like a lot of other people who participated in athletics from childhood, and by age 40 Marks’ body would not allow him to do the same things. He always enjoyed hunting, coaching his kids’ teams and walking the corn fields for his job. Once those tasks became painful he and his wife, Michelle, called on long-time friend and orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Scott Bigelow.
Rewind 30 years and Mark was attending UNL. He traveled back to his hometown of North Platte for Christmas break. While there he and the Bigelow boys were playing a pick-up game of basketball. Mark distinctly recalls making a “great move” on Mark Bigelow during their game and hearing a loud pop. This led to the first orthopaedic surgery on his left knee which was not done by LOC. In the 80’s it was common to be in a cast for eight weeks, after this type of surgery – also was the case with Mark.
After graduating college and marrying his wife Michelle, they moved to Sioux Falls, SD with Marks’ employer at the time, CIBA. In 1992, while playing a softball game, he slid into 2nd base and blew out his right knee. Mark asked Dr. Bigelow for a referral to an orthopaedic surgeon close to Sioux Falls to perform an ACL repair on his right knee. After this surgery and physical therapy Mark has full function of his right knee again.
By the time Mark was 45 years old his left knee was bone-on-bone causing constant and severe pain. By this time he and his family had moved back to Lincoln. Mark said, “It got so bad by the time I was 50 that I couldn’t keep up with my five kids. I wasn’t able to coach Little League or soccer, play sand or court volleyball and I couldn’t even workout.” Michelle and Mark again called on their friend, Dr. Scott Bigelow for his trusted medical opinion. Dr. Bigelow revealed, because of the way Marks’ first knee surgery was performed in 1980, he could operate and do a partial on his left knee and repair his left ACL at the same time. This puts Mark Pieper in a rare category of patient who has had 3 ACL surgeries in their lifetime.
Dr. Bigelow said, “Normally we can't do a partial if the ACL is torn in that knee. But in Marks’ case we did both the partial knee AND re-repaired the ACL on the same knee at the same time.” Dr. Bigelow added, “That way we could do the partial and I felt that would give him the best long term results given how young he was at the time of his reconstructive procedure.”
Today Mark Pieper is a healthy, happy man and he enjoys the pain free life of patriarch to the, “Pieper Seven”. This is the term used by their close friends and family when referring to his close-knit family. The mother of this clan is Michelle, PA-C their children are; Courtney, 24 and Bernie, 23 both reside in Texas. Isaac, 21 works at Sandhills Publishing and Austin, 20 attends UNL majoring in Psychology. The youngest member of “Pieper Seven” is 13 year old Markus who is very active in soccer, baseball, football and basketball.
Mark and Michelle are very pleased they listened to friend and surgeon, Dr. Bigelow. The only regret Mark has is that he did not have the 3rd knee surgery a few years earlier. Now Mark has taken up golf, returned to hunting, coaching and leading the “Pieper Seven”.
In closing, Dr. Bigelow says, “Partial knee replacement is probably my favorite joint replacement surgery. It is truly minimally invasive arthroplasty, insofar as we only replace the worn out parts of the knee and leave the healthy parts. Patients generally recover quicker, and can have a better functioning knee than a total knee. And with modern implants, the results can be as durable as total knee replacement. Especially for younger and more active patients, it is an attractive option if the patient is an appropriate candidate for the procedure. Of course, we have to evaluate each individual patient to determine the best treatment in their situation.”
David Torquati Enjoys His Active Life After Knee Replacement:
When meeting David Torquati you would never know he has undergone many orthopaedic surgeries in his life. Some industries would call David, a “repeat customer”. But, LOC calls David an inspiration and friend, here is his story.
David Torquati is a very active man with an equally active family. He has come to know Lincoln Orthopaedic Center and Dr. Scott Bigelow as his, “family orthopaedic surgeon”.
David has been an avid cyclist for 16 years. In 1993, David underwent his first orthopaedic surgery to repair a torn ACL. Not long after his first surgery and quick recovery, David took up competing in biathlons, “I enjoyed the challenge but running took its toll on my knees which meant I needed to find something else with little or no impact.” So, in 1998 he took up mountain biking and loves it. In the beginning David was able to ride, off-road with minimal pain. As David continued mountain biking he noticed increased pain in his right knee. During one particular ride his knee hurt so badly he had to get off his bike and push it through rough terrain he would normally ride through. That day he ended up handing his bike off to a fellow rider which was the moment he realized he needed to place another call to Dr. Bigelow and Lincoln Orthopaedic Center.
On December 19,, 2010 Dr. Bigelow consulted with David about his medical options to alleviate the pain in his right knee. “I knew how important it was for David to maintain his active lifestyle,” said Dr. Bigelow. Two days later, David was scheduled for a total knee replacement. He had surgery on December 21st and was home on by Christmas Eve. David went to physical therapy 3 times a week and was able to return to work within 5 weeks. In March 2011 David got back on his mountain bike and is able to do what he loves, off-road cycling. “What a big difference. I have had very little pain since my knee surgery.”
In addition to his own orthopaedic needs, his grown children have visited LOC. They too have sustained sports related injuries by competing in gymnastics and recreational sports. “My wife and felt confident LOC would give them the best medical treatment in a caring atmosphere.”
Currently David enjoys hiking, the freedom to drive his own car and riding his motorcycle for hours - all without pain.
Cindy Bassinger - Weight Loss and Joint Replacement
Cindy Bassinger is a knee replacement patient from Unadilla, Nebraska. But, she is not only that, Cindy is a survivor. She has taken back her life and shed 40 pounds after her joint replacement surgery.
Cindy spent many years taking care of her diabetic husband, all the while, in pain. "I was 296 pounds at my heaviest. It was hard to even get out of a chair". Her husband passed from a massive heart attack in May 2008. Soon after, Cindy decided it was time to make a major lifestyle change. "I know my family and most of all my grandchildren need me." She had severe knee pain and was not happy with the life she was living.
The past ten years she sought outside solutions for her aching joints. She started with a series of cortisone shots and sin visc treatments. Eventually, the less invasive treatments stopped working. Cindy made an appointment with Dr. Bigelow at Johnson County Hospital in Tecumseh. At that time, Dr. Bigelow suggested she lose weight which will help her aching joints. That was not a message that was easy to hear, but Dr. Bigelows advice coupled with the loss of her husband, prompted Cindy to begin her weight loss journey. "I did not want to go the surgical route for weight loss. If it was meant to come off it will, the natural way." And, that is exactly what happened. Cindy began walking around Unadilla. She was able to shed ten pounds prior to her knee replacement surgery. After her surgery in June 2011, she was determined to lose more weight. She was walking with only a cane at her two week follow up, “Dr. Bigelow was very pleased with the results from surgery and that I was down 22 pounds.” At her five week follow up appointment, Cindy was walking with no cane, while many patients require one.
To date, Cindy has lost a total of 40 pounds by continued walking and watching what she eats. Cindy said, “I have a whole new outlook on life. I can go to car shows with my friend and walk around all day with no pain. I am more active with my grandchildren and I am traveling to Texas to see my daughter and her family this month."
At the end of our conversation, Cindy seemingly floated out of Scooters as she said, “I was able to prove to myself I could lose weight and I am not going to stop at 40 pounds. I feel great about myself.”
LOC patient writes about his experience
An avid rock climber broke his ankle during a climb and wrote about the accident and subsequent care he received at LOC. The article was published on a climbing website. Read full article here.
Rock climber breaks ankle, receives care from LOC
Subject: Thank you to Dr. Tewes
Hello to Lincoln Orthopaedic Center!
I'm just writing a quick note to say thank you for a surgery I had done by Dr. Tewes a few years ago. I broke my ankle rock climbing, and I received great care with you. I was asked to write about the experience for a climbing website, and have an article up currently, which reminded me that I wanted to send this e-mail. If anyone wants to read it, it's here, along with some photos of the actual fall, and the break as it happened.
The article deals mostly with the mental aspects of getting back into the sport after an injury, but that's entirely because I had such a successful surgery and such good PT with you, and the physical aspect was relatively painless. I've since ran a half-marathon, and am training for another soon, climbed thousands and thousands of feet, and hiked hundreds of rocky, steep miles, all on your ankle. I can't say thank you enough! If I ever manage to hurt myself again, I'll be driving back to Lincoln from out here in Colorado to work with your organization again.
Mother is grateful for relief of carpal tunnel pain
Hi, you and your team performed a carpal tunnel release on both of my hands last year (right hand in February and left in August). I just wanted to say thanks for doing such a good job!
My symptoms got really severe during my first pregnancy four years ago, and the pain never went away until I had the surgery. I'm now 25 weeks into my second pregnancy and having little or no pain of that kind - which is such a huge difference! At this point in my first pregnancy, I'd already been suffering numbness, tingling and pain for several weeks, and was waking several times each night with shooting pains in my forearms. This time, I'm functioning just fine and sleeping so much better!
I know without the surgery I would really be struggling right now (not to mention the discomfort I had even when I wasn't pregnant), and I'm just so grateful to feel so much better. I wanted to let you know that it made a big difference.
Joanne Bartek - A mother's perspective
As a mother of two daughters involved in sports I have some wonderful memories. Unfortunately, as a family we have also encountered some sports related injuries. With each of these injuries our first call was always to Dr. Tewes. His knowledge, experience and professionalism have helped us to develop a trusting relationship with him.
Prior to her junior year in high school, our oldest daughter, Brooke, had what turned out to be a staph infection in her knee after returning from a club volleyball national tournament. Because of the swelling in her knee we called Dr. Tewes who saw her right away and immediately referred her to an infection specialist. During her senior year in high school she broke a bone in her foot playing basketball and Dr. Tewes had her back playing quickly after the appropriate treatment.
I had been bothered by shoulder pain for many years so I decided to seek advice from Dr. Tewes. I learned that I had torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders and of course trusted Dr. Tewes to perform both surgeries. My only regret is that I did not consult with him earlier and have the surgeries years ago!
In October 2009, as a senior in high school, our youngest daughter, Ashley tore her ACL & MCL during her last home volleyball match. Again we trusted Dr. Tewes to do the surgery. Ashley is now on schedule to play college volleyball at SDSU. Dr. Tewes was always cognizant of Ashley’s plan to continue playing volleyball in college and closely monitored her progress
Dan Shrader - knee surgery
This is an email that was sent to Maria Beeman, Workcomp Insurance Verifier at LOC. Maria asked if she could share it. Sue and Dan said, “We would love it if you share it….We don’t mind.”
Here is Sue’s email to their friends and family after Dan’s knee surgery. – August 2010
Well good afternoon all,
The scope went VERY well and if it would not have been for Maria and all the help she did setting this up and also visiting today, it might not have gone so well. She offered to don a nurses cap and go in and mark Dan's knee but alas it was already marked yes in two places.
I cannot say enough good about Lincoln Ortho Surgery Center. Wonderful staff, very courteous professionals and just all around great place. Dr. Tewes did a marvelous job with the clean up and he was so very honest about expectations. That is always appreciated as you often hear doctor's say "I can fix that". Dr. T told Dan I can't give you cartilege back and you can't grow it back but I did clean it up and that should help your pain." He was wonderful.
He's resting now. And seems to be doing great. By the way - anyone considering surgery - DO THE LOCAL. Dan had no nausea. They brought him out about 11 and he was chatting and color was good. Usually he's so dopey you can't make sense of his conversation and is always so sick to his stomach. I brought him home around 1, fed him lunch, he read and did some things and said I going to take a nap. So napping is what he is doing.
The stafff was so wonderful answering questions and giving us instructions on what to watch for. I cannot say enough good about all these folks. They were over the top - IN A GOOD WAY!!
Take care everyone. Thanks for your calls, emails, wishes and love. It takes a village and I'm grateful for my village.
(Sue Eckley, partner of patient, Dan Shrader)
William Rekart - Total Hip Replacement
Before my anterior hip surgery it was very painful to walk. I like to ride my motorcycle and do yard work and I couldn’t do that without pain.
Dr. Koch and the staff at LOC were great. I can’t say enough about how good they are. The nurses at LOC and Bryan East were great. I was happy with how I was treated.
For anyone who needs an orthopaedic specialist, I would tell them to go to LOC. I can do just about anything I want to do now!
Mary Ann Satterfield - double knee replacement
It is a good thing I had knee replacement surgery when I did. Last year only a few people noticed that my husband had Alzheimer’s disease. This winter the disease has sent him plunging deep into its darkness. Everyone notices. Last year my 94-year-old mother needed my help even though she is in a fine assisted living center. I could not take her shopping when she needed to go, and I couldn't wash her clothes that needed special care. This year, I can.
Dr. Tewes had been valiantly trying to save my poor arthritic knees for several years. He tried injections, anti-inflammatory drugs, and braces. All helped for a while. In the end, nothing worked. Large box stores and large grocery stores were impossible for me to navigate. I hobbled, moaning, into small grocery stores using a cart or a cane to keep me upright. My legs were bowed and my knees were at least twice normal size. I couldn’t walk from my kitchen to my dining room table without holding on to the furniture. In October of 2008 Dr. Tewes said, “total knee replacement”. Surgery was scheduled for December 2008 for the left knee and February 2009 for the right knee.
The knee replacement at Lincoln Surgical Hospital was, for surgery, a walk in the park. Don’t let anyone scare you with nasty tales about knee surgery. The trick is to have really good medical people and to follow their directions. I did both. I learned what treasures good medical people are. I learned that physical therapists know just what they are doing. I learned to walk all over again. Thank goodness we did it last year and not this year.
Last year my husband understood I was having surgery. This year any surgery would only confuse him. He doesn’t know who I am much of the time.
Last year my husband made his own peanut butter sandwich and maybe one for me. This year he can’t find the bread, but I have had surgery and can move about the kitchen.
Last year my husband washed, dried, and put away the dishes. This year he sorts the spoons from forks, but I’ve had surgery and can stand at a sink full of bubbles.
Last year my husband set the table. This year he gets out the place mats when I remind him where they are, then he forgets what comes next. I’ve had knee surgery so I can set out plates, then forks, then the butter dish, so that, one at a time, he can put them on the table.
Last year he took himself for a long walks and, so, sent oxygen-rich blood flowing to his brain. This year he can’t walk alone, but I’ve had knee surgery and I can take him for a walk. We walk as hard and as fast as possible. We both think more clearly after a long walk.
Last year my mother had to use the inflexible driver and the van at her retirement center to do what she needed to do. This year I’ve had surgery so I can take her, my husband in tow, or stop at a store and pick up what she wants. Today I can wash the dark clothes she doesn’t want to put in the one-load-fits-all of the retirement center.
Thank goodness I had knee replacement. Thank goodness I had really good medical help. Thank goodness it was last year instead of this year.
Richard Larson - knee replacement
I would like to thank Dr. Reckmeyer and his staff for the wonderful care before and after my knee replacement surgery. Three or four years prior to knee replacement surgery, I had arthroscopic knee surgery, which seemed to help with my knee pain. However, in the 6 months prior to replacement surgery, my knee had become swollen and had limited movement. I am an avid golfer and my knee problems had me riding a golf cart instead of walking the golf course. Mowing the yard became my wife's job as the knee pain and limited flexibility made yard work a real pain.
During my first meeting with Dr. Reckmeyer he fully explained my various options for knee joint pain. This was followed by a short seminar by one of the LOC nursing staff, which was very informative about what to do prior to surgery, the surgery, and after surgery.
With all this information I was still in doubt of what I should do and continued to limp around. I waited several months before deciding I needed to do something. I called and had another appointment with Dr. Reckmeyer in which he fully explained what type of knee replacement I would have and what to expect during recovery. After that meeting I finally decided to go ahead and have the knee replaced. On August 13th I had the surgery followed by 8-weeks of physical therapy.
I started hitting golf balls 8-weeks after surgery and started mowing again. The knee replacement has completely stopped the joint pain and has given me a fluid movement of the knee joint so I can play golf like never before. I recently shot the lowest score of my life. I have almost no scar on my knee and friends question me if I really had knee replacement surgery. My only regret is why I waited so long to have the surgery. Don't wait too long and continue to suffer. Life is great thanks to Dr. Reckmeyer and the staff of nurses at LOC.
Jr. High student needs joint transplant
This video tells the story of Harrison Martin, a young man who suffered a devastating injury to his elbow that caused such extensive damage he now needs a transplant to regain use of the joint.
His family is encouraging people to become organ donors. They have learned through this situation that there is still an enormous need for people to make that life-saving decision.
Gene Simpson - Anterior Hip Replacement
After having had total hip replacement surgery in 2006, I was not exactly jumping for joy with the necessity of having the right hip done also. The first recovery was long and painful – about average as far as surgical recoveries went. I did not want to repeat that experience again. I started investigating if there was any alternative to the standard hip replacement surgical method performed on me the first time. ‘Minimally invasive’ sounded good to me. I checked the internet and got a lot of conflicting reviews of new, ‘minimally invasive’ procedures.
I attended a joint replacement seminar at St. Elizabeth Hospital and was given the name of Dr. Bigelow, who was performing the, ‘anterior hip replacement’ surgery along with the standard hip replacement. I was impressed with Dr. Bigelows’ quiet competence and reassurances that I was, in fact, a candidate for the ‘anterior’ hip approach. We scheduled surgery.
The first two weeks of recovery for both procedures were about the same…swelling, pain and feeling like an invalid. But, two weeks after the anterior hip surgery I was walking with a cane and getting around much, much better than the previous surgery. And the milestones started coming quicker and much more closely spaced than the first surgery.
At the end of two weeks, I could walk three laps, (with cane) at my gym. At the end of six weeks, I could clock a twenty-minute mile, without a cane! The nerves and muscles of my upper thigh and hip suffered less trauma with the anterior total hip replacement. I was able to get up and get going much, much faster than the first surgery. I am a very self-directed person and knew what I wanted and did NOT want when it came to a second surgery.
I got exactly what I needed. I cannot praise Dr. Bigelow enough. A job well done! He delivered!!
Anterior Hip Replacement Patient
Sprained ankle didn't stop this player!
A week before the Nebraska State Basketball Tournament I sprained my ankle badly and didn’t know whether I would be able to play the next week. Dr. Tewes reviewed my x-rays, recommended treatment and gave me the confidence to know that I could get back on the court and compete.
Our team won the 2010 Girls State Championship which completed an undefeated season – way to go Bluejays! Thank you Dr. Tewes for helping me get back out there.
Seward Lady Jays
Virgie L. Smith
I would call Dr. Matt Reckmeyer my “family” doctor. He has treated my son, 3 of my grandchildren my husband and myself. He has removed a cyst from my foot and most recently he did a complete knee replacement for me.
I put my trust in him completely. He explained everything which made me very comfortable. He has a great bedside manner and a wonderful personality!
Virgie L. Smith
Dale Tinsman Testimonial
I came in to see Dr. Tewes for my shoulder pain in February 2009. He said I had three choices: medication, cortisone injections or a new shoulder.
I said, "You don't want to put a new shoulder in a 90 year old, do you?" He said he would and that was up to me.
I had my shoulder replacement surgery on July 26th, 2009. Three months later I have 90% of the motion back in my shoulder. For a 90 year old man, that is pretty amazing!
Dr. Tewes is a wonderful physician and surgeon. I would recommend him and his partners at Lincoln Orthopaedic Center to anyone.
Charlene Dworak - Hip Replacment
Charlene Dworak chose Dr. Keith Lawson for her total hip replacement surgery. You can read about her experience in her own words.
We would like to thank Charlene for choosing us for her procedure.
Hip Replacement Success
Jane Watson had a Left Hip Replacement on June 5, 2008 by Dr. Reckmeyer.
July 20, 2009 Rocky Mountains near Estes Park after hiking for 2.5 mile up from Bear Lake.
Great Job Dr. Reckmeyer!
I had been having pain in my groin for approximately three years. My arthritic doctor referred me to Dr. Reckmeyer for consultation. Dr. Reckmeyer took X-rays which showed the problem was from my left hip. He told me whenever I was ready for a replacement to call him and he would do the surgery. I was very hesitant about having the surgery, but after a year of pain I decided it was time for the surgery.
I had the surgery on June 5, 2008. Upon release from the hospital, I used a walker and began physical therapy 2 times a week. I continued physical therapy along with physical therapy in the pool, and doing my exercises at home for severeal months. The exercises in the pool really helped me. I can not stress enough the importance of continued daily exercising as instructed by the physical therapist. In less than a year I was walking free of pain.
In July of 2009, I went with my husband to Estes Park for our yearly vacation. I was back on the trails, hiking, doing what I love again. The day this picture of me was taken, I hiked 4.5 miles, climbing up above the snow line. I was free of pain during the hike and the days following. I continue to work out daily on a treadmill and lift weights. I am very grateful to Dr. Reckmeyer and his staff for the excellent care.
2009 Lincoln Saltdogs Success
The 2009 Lincoln Saltdogs won the American Association Championship. This is what manager Marty Scott had to say about the contribution of Lincoln Orthopaedic Center to their success.
"Of my 33 years involved in professional baseball, I must say 2009 was my most enjoyable. Managing the American Association Lincoln Saltdogs to a Championship was so rewarding, yet there were many people, that contributed to the victories both on and off of the field. The ownership, front office, coaches, players, and the fans all had a hand in the success, but I can't say enough about Lincoln Orthopedic Center and what the medical team at LOC did for the Saltdogs.
Their knowledge and treatment of athletic injuries was invaluable to our players. There were always doctors available before, during and after games providing top medical care. For serious cases, prompt appointments were the norm for diagnostic and/or surgical procedures, while providing the Saltdog Management with all rehab or post‐op information needed to keep the players "in the game". I would highly recommend Lincoln Orthopedic Center to anyone involved in sports and might need medical attention, whether it's at the professional, amateur, or just recreational levels."
– Marty Scott
Carlene Miller - Patient
"On a recent visit to Lincoln Orthopedic Clinic I was treated with such a pleasant and caring attitude the minute I walked in the door. From Heidi Hergott warmly greeting everyone, to Vicki (Dr. Reckmeyer's nurse) and finally PA Ryan Sharp, who really took time to listen. They all work together to make a visit to the doctor's office much less stressful."