I read with interest the Feb. 7 Sun Journal article “Maine’s medical wonders.” It featured, in part, Dr. Wayne Moody’s new computer-guided knee replacement technology — a scientific improvement.

A year ago (February 2015), I showed up at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston to have both knees done. I had been in pain for five years. Being a forester, Christmas tree grower, skier, golfer … I needed my knees back to normal.

I met with Dr. Moody and he looked at me and said, “We’ll do them a week apart.”

I agreed. I don’t like downtime. I didn’t have a clue what to expect. I was 81 years old at the time.

I spent a total of three weeks at St. Mary’s and D’Youville Pavilion (rehabilitation). Everything went well and it is a unique experience. It helps that I have healthy vital measurements (blood pressure, etc.).

Doing the procedures a week apart is not for everyone. Some said it would be a year to full recovery. Mine was much less. There has to be a determination to do the rehab.

I did the firewood last fall, pruned Christmas trees in July and skied Sugarloaf in January (easy trails).

Dr. Moody did well.

Walter Gooley, Farmington

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