Major League Baseball Great Johnny Bench to Visit Grand View Hospital
(August 11, 2011) Sellersville, PA – On Thursday, September 15, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame legend Johnny Bench will help educate people on the benefits of joint replacement by sharing his hip replacement experience with attendees at a free joint pain seminar hosted by Grand View Hospital at the Sellersville Theater. Two local orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Paul Weidner and Dr. James Bumgardner, who perform total joint replacement surgeries at Grand View’s Joint Replacement Center, will discuss joint pain and treatment options. For more information or to register for the event, please call the Grand View Information Line at 215.453.4300. Pre-registration is requested for the event.
A former baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983, Bench is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history. He was a key member of the Reds' 1975 and 1976 World Series championship team known as "The Big Red Machine.” Bench was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.
Johnny Bench underwent total hip replacement of his right hip in April of 2004 after suffering for years from chronic joint pain. He discussed his options with his surgeon and received a Stryker hip implant. After undergoing the procedure, Bench was able to realize his lifestyle recovery goals and get back to his active life without hip pain. Since then, he has shared his joint replacement experience with attendees at Stryker educational seminars throughout the United States.
When he began experiencing pain in his left hip, Bench knew not to wait until he was sidelined by the pain before seeking help. He knew first-hand the relief his successful hip replacement in 2004 brought him and elected to undergo total hip replacement of his left hip in February 2010.
Just as he had in 2004, Bench spoke with his surgeon and opted to receive the latest technology available from Stryker. Johnny was the first patient to receive Stryker’s Mobile Bearing Hip™. Its unique anatomic design and technology offers patients like Bench the potential for increased stability, range of motion and a greater resistance to wear.
Fully recovered, Bench splits his time between Naples and Palm Springs with his wife Lauren and their two young sons, Justin and Joshua, while his oldest son Bobby attends Boston University. Bench also continues to perfect his golf game and travel across the U.S. sharing his experience with arthritis and joint replacement with joint pain sufferers on behalf of Stryker Orthopaedics.
About Grand View Hospital’s Orthopaedic Services
Grand View Hospital provides complete orthopaedic care of the entire body. Our highly regarded Joint Replacement Center uses innovative procedures and advanced technologies to perform total joint replacement of the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, and elbow. Since its opening in October 2002, Grand View’s Joint Center has helped return thousands of people to a more active lifestyle. Minimally invasive hip and knee replacement, gender-specific knee implants, and high-flex knee implants are among the many procedures performed at the hospital, as well as stationary and rotating platform knee implants.
Grand View’s orthopaedic team aims to provide the highest level of care and patient satisfaction. In fact, Grand View is the only hospital in Bucks and Montgomery Counties to receive five stars in total joint replacement for two consecutive years, 2010 and 2011, from HealthGrades®, the nation's leading health care ratings company. Grand View’s hip and knee replacement programs also received Gold Seal of Approval? certification from The Joint Commission for providing high quality care.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Grand View offers a range of care – particularly emphasizing the areas of cancer treatment, women's and children's health, surgery, orthopaedics, and heart and vascular care. Visit www.gvh.org for more information about the hospital, its programs, and services.