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When he began to have severe shoulder pain, James Biond feared that his enjoyment of racquetball for decades would come to an end. But his surgeon Mayo Clinic has put these fears to rest. Now, after replacing the shoulder, James has returned to his favorite sport without pain.
Despite five knee operations and chronic arthritis, James Biond has always loved being physically active. For 40 years, the resident of Jacksonville, Florida, played racquetball several times a week. The former NATO engineer also makes jewelry and he loves to cook.
But in September 2016, James began to have pain in the right shoulder. A local orthopedist told him that he needed a shoulder replacement surgery . He was also told that after the operation, he should stop practicing the sport that he loved so much. James was not ready to accept this verdict.
"I've been playing racquetball for more than half of my life, so giving up on it would have been traumatic," he says.
A search for a second opinion brought James to Mayo Clinic . There, he found a surgeon who is committed to helping him maintain his active lanes.
"Dr. Ortiguera is friendly, attentive, professional, competent and empathetic," says James. "He discussed the benefits of complete replacement."
"After a long discussion with him, I realized how important racquetball was for his quality of life," says Dr. Ortiguera.
"Everything went like clockwork, I can not imagine doing my surgery elsewhere." – James Biond
After discussing with Dr. Ortiguera, reviewing his options and figuring out that his racquetball days may not be over, James opted for a total shoulder arthroplasty in February.
"From the first moment I woke up, I was pain free," James says.
After spending a day in the hospital, James began a physiotherapy program at home twice a week, with daily exercises for six weeks.
Back to the field
Five months after the surgery, James played racquetball with his new shoulder.
"It was almost like in the good old days, my forehand was less powerful than in the past, but I had no pain during or after the three games," James said. "My goal was to be able to return to the field regularly, which was the first big step toward that goal."
James is excited that he can also enjoy his other passion – making jewelry – pain free again.
"When I use my ironwork tools, I have to apply pressure that returns me to my shoulder," James explains. "I can do it without discomfort now."
James says he's back more often in the kitchen, now that it's much easier to lift pots and pans.
"This hospitable experience with Mayo is the most positive I've ever had, everyone was very friendly," James said. "Everything went like clockwork, I can not imagine doing my surgery anywhere else."