After Jon Gartz ran his sprinkler business for 49 years and indulged his passion for fly fishing for a lifetime, the joints were worn out. “My left shoulder gave me great problems. Every morning I woke up in total pain. I couldn’t really function. I couldn’t do the physical work that my business requires, and I couldn’t raise my arm like I had to do while fishing. I’ve tried the shots, I’ve tried therapy, I’ve tried just to get through, but at some point you say, ‘I have to get something done. ‘“
Jon was examined by an orthopedic surgeon who recommended inverted shoulder replacement surgery, but he wanted a different opinion. “The reverse procedure seemed like a definitive solution that would still lead to significant limitations, and I didn’t want that.” After speaking to several people who had a similar injury, Jon was referred to Dr. Referred to by Mark Luker from SCL Health Medical Group / Rocky Mountain Orthopedics.
After a thorough examination and review of Jon’s X-ray and MRI scans, Dr. Luker suggests considering a traditional anatomical shoulder replacement instead. “Surgery was clearly the best treatment for Jon because his disease was so advanced and he had already had non-surgical treatments that didn’t meet his expectations,” explains Dr. Luker. “He had enough rotator cuff to work with, wanted a higher level of function, and was willing to take a little extra risk to get a really good result. Together, we decided that the standard shoulder replacement procedure would give him the best chance at regaining his life. “
“DR. Luker took the time to discuss my options and it only made sense to do the standard shoulder replacement with a rotator cuff repair,” says Jon. “He and his team were fantastic. They explained exactly what happened and what possible results I could expect. We made the right decision and I am very happy with the results. “
Dr. Luker adds that it’s really a team effort. “Nobody can do this alone. We have been doing this at Rocky Mountain Orthopedics for 22 years and my team is working very hard to find the best course of treatment for our patients and to provide the right type of care efficiently, effectively and safely. Jon has high expectations of what he wants to do and our goal was to get him back to the place where he can be sure to do these things. “
Jon says what he had before surgery was mostly pain. “I couldn’t do the things I really wanted to do, like work, or row a boat, or fish, or just be able to lift things. Now I can do all of these things. I am very pleased with what Dr. Luker and his team did for me. “
“I am really pleased that Jon is returning to the things he enjoys doing, especially fishing, because we share that passion,” says Dr. Luker. “One of the great joys of being an orthopedic surgeon is seeing patients return to the activities they really love.”
“I thank Dr. With all my heart Luker for what he gave me, ”says Jon. “Because fly fishing means everything to me. If I don’t have that, it’s not a very good world for me. “