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Denny Brauer with his fish  

These tips can help you retain that healthy glow
by Margie Church
For Denny Brauer fishing isn’t just a favorite pastime, it’s a way of life. For the past 27 years he has earned titles such as 1998 FLW Angler of the Year and won several prestigious bass fishing tournaments as a full-time professional bass tournament fisherman. But in 2007, Brauer noticed that he had trouble standing for long periods of time and keeping his balance. An old football injury had come back to haunt him. “I tore the cartilage in my knee playing football in high school. I never realized that so many years later that injury would result in the deterioration of my joint.”

Unwilling to let the pain in his knee slow down his fishing career, Denny contacted Gary Goodfried, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Azalea Orthopedics, to discuss his options. “When Dr. Goodfried said that I needed a total knee replacement, I wanted a specialized hospital where I would receive the best care. I was particularly impressed by the low infection rate at Texas Spine & Joint Hospital,” Brauer said. Brauer didn’t waste time, and by January 2008 he had a new knee. “My experience at Texas Spine & Joint Hospital could not have been better; I was not just a number,” Brauer said about his surgery experience.

Brauer’s hospital experience is no coincidence. In 2008, Texas Spine & Joint Hospital received a five-star rating in total knee replacement and spine surgery by HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings company. To receive this recognition, a hospital must significantly exceed expectations for quality surgical outcomes.

“I am very pleased with his results and the outcomes my patients consistently receive from Texas Spine & Joint Hospital,” Dr. Goodfried said. Today Denny Brauer is back on the lake, standing in his boat and casting his line to see what award-winning catch will be next. “For me it was a win-win situation. Not only is the pain in my knee gone, now I can continue doing what I love for years to come.”
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