Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 06.23.2016

June 21, 2016

Today’s Program | Thursday, June 23, 2016

Today: John Wegman, Mission: Building Homes for the Disabled (Reppmann)

Birthdays: David Koenig (6/21) and John Sinning (6/22)

Next Week: Al Zdrazil, Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Last Week:
When do you need knee replacement surgery?

That’s up to you, the patient, says Robert Shepley, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic.

“Knee pain is not a life-threatening problem. It is a quality of life problem,” Dr. Shepley said.

But, when your mobility is an issue, or when the knee damage, if left untreated, jeopardizes successful surgery down the line, or if your knee pain begins to limit normal daily activities, you know it is time.

The knee is the largest joint in the body. Its design is genius. It serves as a hinge, transferring energy into forward and backward motion, but it also allows for twisting and turning. The problem comes with the wear and tear of the cartilage at the ends of the femur and shin bones. Cartilage is a shock absorber that allows the bones to glide within the joint. When it frays or degenerates altogether, usually from osteoarthritis, you have bone grinding on bone and that hurts.

Surgery is usually not the first treatment for a patient with knee pain, Dr. Shepley said. Some situations can be improved with physical therapy or medication. Cortisone injection is another available treatment. Less invasive surgery to clean out debris and smooth rough edges can buy time, as well.

More than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. For patients 55 years of age or older who have not abused the knee implant, a healthy 90 percent of the knees are doing well 25 years later, said Dr. Shepley.

Patients can expect a two or three day hospital stay following surgery. Physical therapy begins the day of surgery and continues for up to three months. Most patients “turn the corner” at about six weeks into their recovery.

Dr. Shepley started the orthopedic practice in Northfield with Brad Wille, MD, in 1989. Twenty-seven years later, the practice has grown to include Clint Muench, MD, Erik Stroemer, MD, and Hans Bengtson, MD.

Mini Classification:
Sounds like Rick Estenson was pretty much on the run in his early years. He bounced around between Hector, Minnesota, California, then Iowa, Chicago, New York, Edina and Burnsville. Twenty-five years ago, Northfield took him in, and it’s been home for him and his family ever since, despite his sartorial challenges. Who wears a long-sleeve shirt with shorts and black socks? The man has courage, but he needs a consult at Rare Pair.

Guests: Curt Benson (Morlan) and Barbara Beck (Prowe)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Jim Blaha


Northfield Home Care & Hospice is having an open house today 4 to 6 p.m. at their new location 1604 Riverview Drive. All are invited.

Chris Weber is looking for help restocking books at various sites around town for our literacy project. Let him know if you are interested.

Lee Dilley thanked those that helped with pollinator project at Way Park June 11.

President Halverson thanked Jean Wakely for organizing the social at the Estenson Event Center June 10. Sixty people attended.


Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

McKenna Dale, Brazil

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Madison Peterson-Bradford,  Brazil

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Incoming students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Gyung Hwan Yoon from South Korea
Wanzita Masenza from Tanzania

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

July 7 — Ben Flannery, MD, and CC Linstroth, 1,2 3 Read With Me (Spethmann)

July 14 — Julie Eddy, Defeat of Jesse James Days Scholarship Program (Covey)

July 21 — Paul Niemisto, Vintage Band Festival (Stevens)

July 28 — District Governor Jim Hunt (Lasswell)

Quote of the Week:
“This is my country, that is your country; these are the conceptions of narrow souls – to the liberal minded the whole world is a family.”
― Virchand Gandhi