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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -
71-year-old Sherman Lemmond is recuperating from a total knee replacement.
He said he's still very active, but the knee was a problem.
"It was worn out and I'd get a shot in my knee every once in a while, and Dr. Putman was my medical doctor. He told me that when I couldn't stand it no more, I'd have to get the knee replacement. I figured it was a good time. Winter time is coming on, to get her done."
He says he feels good after surgery, and he's happy he and his wife didn't have to go out of town for the surgery.
"It's a lot more convenient. The doctor. I had confidence in him that's the reason I had it done here."
Lemmond is one of several patients in a newly refurbished wing of Decatur Morgan Hospital.
Bran Vest is the executive director of inpatient nursing.
"We now have a newly renovated four south. It houses our orthopedic patient population: specifically joints, double joint replacements and fractures," said Vest.
He said they also provide something unique to orthopedic patients here.
"We also hold our 'Joint Journey' classes here: a camp we bring our patients to prior to surgery," said Vest. "They learn what to expect pre-operatively, during surgery and after surgery."
"We're coming into the area where we house our total joint replacements, very large suites that allow for plenty of room for families and physical therapy," he said.
The renovation has been a while in the making. In fact, it's just newly opened after being under construction for about three months.
That's convenient for families like Lemmond's who make a short trip from Trinity, instead of a longer trip - far from home.
"I feel like I get as good a service here as going to Birmingham," said Lemmond.