Dr. Sarkis M. Bedikian: August 14, 2018




Dr. Sarkis M. Bedikian

Orthopaedic Surgeon, MidAmerica Orthopaedics

Barb Crawford, Age 64, Muncie, IN

Can physical pain have an impact on our emotional state and how we interact with others?

A new survey finds hip and knee pain can have big impacts on well-being beyond just the physical restrictions, affecting mood and relationships with family and friends.

Here now with information, are orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sarkis Bedikian and Barb Crawford.

Some survey results include:

·         Four out of five (81%) respondents have made excuses to not do things with friends or family because of their joint pain; three out of ten respondents even have cancelled romantic plans due to the pain

·         Half of respondents (51%) agree that they are losing touch with the people they care about because of their joint pain

·         Half of respondents (49%) felt that the pain negatively impacted their emotional well-being and even their mental health (38%)

·         There’s a feeling of being overlooked. Three out of four (75%) of respondents agree that people often forget about the strain joint pain causes on personal relationships

·         Following joint replacement surgery, two out of three (66%) respondents say their relationship with their spouse or partner has improved, with 60% of respondents reporting an improved sex life

For more information, please visit: TimeToHitPlay.com

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More About Dr. Sarkis Bedikian
Dr. Sarkis M. Bedikian is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with MidAmerica Orthopaedics in Chicago, IL. Dr. Bedikian believes in doing all he can to return his patients to a full, active lifestyle. He views himself as a partner and counselor in helping his patients achieve their optimum health and sense of well-being. Dr. Bedikian earned his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he also completed an Osteopathic residency and Orthopedic Surgery internship. Additionally, he has completed an Adult Reconstruction fellowship at the University of Chicago. Dr. Sarkis M. Bedikian is a consultant to DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction.

More About Barb Crawford

Barb was in her 30’s when she first started feeling the impacts of osteoarthritis in both of her knees. As the pain continued to worsen 20 years later, she started making decisions based on what her knees could handle, which was emotionally draining. She even opted for an early retirement because the pain made it difficult for her to work as a middle school teacher. In her personal life, her knee pain caused her to miss out on a lot of activities with her family and five grandkids, which was a challenge for someone who wanted to be involved and not on the sidelines. When she exhausted most treatment options and began walking with a cane when only in her 50’s, she asked her doctor about knee replacements but was told she was too young. Barb felt that she could no longer live with this pain, so she received a second opinion from a doctor who recommended she have both knees replaced at the same time. Following surgery, Barb put hard work into the rehabilitation process and now feels like herself again. She can actively volunteer with her trained therapy dog in after-school programs and rehab centers and works part-time at a garden center. Her relationship with her family is stronger and she even lost 50 pounds due to the amount of walking and biking she’s now able to pursue.


About the Survey

The survey was conducted online by Edelman Intelligence on behalf of DePuy Synthes Companies, in the United States, among 253 women 45-65 years old who had knee and/or hip replacement surgery in the last five years and 271 women 45-65 years old who are planning to have knee and/or hip replacement surgery in the next two years.


Important Safety Information

The performance of hip or knee replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have these surgeries. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can determine if hip or knee replacement is necessary based on an individual patient’s condition.


Produced for: DePuy Synthes

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