Mrs. Carr admits she went into Dr. Murphy's office that day still hoping she could somehow avoid surgery, perhaps by having a cortisone shot instead. "I'm nervous when I go to the doctor," she says. "But after meeting Dr. Murphy, I had all the confidence in the world in him."
Her daughters, Karen and Mary Ellen felt the same way. "You usually worry when a parent is having surgery, but we were never nervous about Dr. Murphy," Karen recalls.
They scheduled the surgery, and Mrs. Carr and her family soon found that their confidence was well placed. "When he came to see us in the waiting area after my mother's surgery, Dr. Murphy was obviously pleased with how it went," says Mary Ellen. "He said 'that leg is finally straight.'" Mrs. Carr spent a few days at the Baptist, was pleased with the care and proceeded with her successful rehabilitation.
At her first post-surgical visit, Dr. Murphy inspected Mrs. Carr's X-ray and liked what he saw. "I'm always delighted when I see a knee doing so well six weeks after surgery-especially a complex knee like Mrs. Carr's. This is an example of how the patient's motivation and commitment to doing their physical therapy can make the difference. I was sure the new knee was stable, but the range of motion after knee replacement surgery is largely up to the patient."
Mrs. Carr had arthritis in both knees, and Dr. Murphy predicted she would likely need to consider having joint replacement surgery on her right knee at some point in the future. Although she doubted the need for a second knee replacement, within two years she was unable to put weight on her right leg. "I called Dr. Murphy and told him 'you were right; let's do it,'" she says. He performed Mrs. Carr's second knee replacement in 2005.
Nowadays, Mrs. Carr can be found bustling around Carr's Hallmark Shop. She admits she probably waited too long to have surgery on her left leg, but that's beside the point. "I'm 81, and I walk with no pain," she says with a smile.