Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf has reached another growth milestone by expanding surgical services available in Gulf and Franklin Counties. In late June, the surgical team assisted with the hospital’s first-ever total joint replacement surgery, performed by Alfred Cardet, MD, an orthopedic surgeon based out of Panama City.
The patient was Bob Comer, 70, of Port St. Joe, who had been treated for several years for knee injuries and the resulting debilitating pain. Comer had had several positive experiences at Sacred Heart and wanted to have knee replacement surgery close to his home.
“We were ordering the necessary instruments and equipment and completing specialized training to do joint replacement surgeries,” said Glenda Lane, Patient Care Manager of Surgical Services. “Mr. Comer chose to wait several months until we had the capability to do that type of surgery here. I believe he is happy he made that choice.”
Dr. Cardet was impressed with the level of preparedness of the Sacred Heart surgical staff. “I have no hesitation to do future total joint replacements here with this team,” he said. Dr. Cardet also performed the first total hip replacement at Sacred Heart in late July.
“The patient’s surgery and recovery have gone remarkably well,” says Lane. “He was up and walking with help of his inpatient rehab team, and he was able to leave the hospital in record time.”
Comer says he is pleased with the care he received from the “outstanding staff” at Sacred Heart. He now is continuing his recovery at home with twice-a-week physical therapy sessions at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation next to the hospital. At just three weeks post-surgery, he is getting around well with the use of a walker and cane and looks forward to taking his dog for walks again soon.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide joint replacement services now in Port St. Joe,” said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. “This is a great step forward for our community hospital, and our enhanced surgical capabilities will open the door for us to offer many other surgeries close to home for patients in our community.”